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1998 Nissan Altima GLE 4dr Sedan Auto

1998 Nissan Altima
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan GLE, Compact
22 mpg city / 30 mpg hwy
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December 24, 2012, 10:55 am

Jeremy T
 

Question: Whats wrong with my car?

My car has a manual transmission not sure if that matters. Recently it got very cold where I live. I started my car early one morning and it kind of sputtered. I had to rev the engine to get it to idle correctly. Then about a day after that my heater started blowing ice cold air. It gets warm intermittently but most of the time blows cold. This all seemed to happen overnight.


December 31, 2012, 4:17 pm

Elizabeth K
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Check to make sure your coolant level is high enough. My concern is that the coolant may have frozen and broken open the cooling system, and then the coolant leaked out. Have that inspected to rule it out as a problem.

If that's OK, then the next thing to do is find out if there is an air bubble in the cooling system and if the thermostat is stuck open.


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