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Being a new R32 GTS-T Skyline owner and as I'm not a mechanic myself, I would like some confirmation on what my garage is telling me.

Basically, nearly 3 weeks ago the engine (RB20) cut-out whilst driving downhill towards a set of red traffic lights. It wouldn't restart immediately, but did after about 5 minutes of trying.

Eventually, it was taken to a local garage who diagnosed an ignition problem (it cut out after about 5 mins of idle). Unfortunately the garage couldn't do anything else as they didn't have the facilities to do so.

My only other option at the time was Nissan. I know I shouldn't have, but they've been OK so far.

First they found the battery to have shorted internally, so it was replaced (this to me seems likely, as it explains why the electric windows took so long to go up/down due to resistance, after the traffic light incident).

Then they diagnosed the Power Transistor Unit to be faulty, from the shorting of the battery - so a new one was purchased by myself from these forums and they fitted it. Afterall I wasn't going to part with £492 for a new one!

With the new PTU fitted the car now starts fine and idles (without cutting out). However, any use of the throttle and it immediately cuts out.

So they've told me today that it needs a timer dephaser (as the timing is now out) part number 2373102U10. After a few searches on this forum, the closet I've found in threads is a cam angle sensor (#2373102U11).

Does everything they've said sound about right? They've apparently been very busy, hence them taking nearly 3 weeks to get this far. The labour charges so far aren't bad, but I have my doubts about them.
 

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I`m not sure about this one,but is it posible to do an ecu reset on an r32?

and would it help?

Mind you if the battery as been replaced it may have been done already.

I`m sure someone on here can help you mate even if i can`t.
 

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sounds like horseshit to me. I'd be suspecting something else, boost leak, fuel pump etc
I know it originally was an ignition problem, or at least most likely - as I've had 3 individuals say so. The RAC checked the fuel pump prior to taking it to the first garage and they said it looked like ignition. The first garage's computer diagnosed it as ignition and so did Nissan. Would a boost leak cause the engine to cut out, no matter how significant/little the throttle?

I originally expected oil pressure, as the gauge seemed low after it first restarted. But each said it's fine now.

Thanks for both replies so far - the more the merrier!
 

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Has anyone checked the ECU? The GTS-t has a self diagnosis function were it will flash out a code of any faults it finds, pretty easy to do. I had a similar problem with mine checked the ecu and and got the code for a AFM fault, opened it up and resolderd the dry joints and problem fixed! Still getting a fault code for the CAS but havnt got round to that as the cars running fine.
 

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Has anyone checked the ECU? The GTS-t has a self diagnosis function were it will flash out a code of any faults it finds, pretty easy to do. I had a similar problem with mine checked the ecu and and got the code for a AFM fault, opened it up and resolderd the dry joints and problem fixed! Still getting a fault code for the CAS but havnt got round to that as the cars running fine.
I presume both garages would have - but I'll ring them tomorrow morning and ask - thanks!

Any more ideas?
 

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A friend of mine had a similar fault and turned out to be a intercooler pipe had split/come off.

Over £100 labour charge :Uzi: :Uzi: :Uzi: :Uzi:
 

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Just ran your initiall part number through nissan FAST. It comes back as crank angle sensor. I would imagine that would definately cause some running issues if it was fooked. I would try calling calling a specialist garage for advice or source a known working second hand one, get them to fit it and if that doesn't solve the problems ask for a refund of payments to date.
Think the problem is that most nissan spanner monkeys won't have too much experience with 15year old imports.

Hope it's sorted soon anyway :)
 

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Just ran your initiall part number through nissan FAST. It comes back as crank angle sensor. I would imagine that would definately cause some running issues if it was fooked. I would try calling calling a specialist garage for advice or source a known working second hand one, get them to fit it and if that doesn't solve the problems ask for a refund of payments to date.
Think the problem is that most nissan spanner monkeys won't have too much experience with 15year old imports.

Hope it's sorted soon anyway :)
Thanks for your input DarthPalmer! I've managed to source the part on here, so will get them to fit it. If they still find something wrong, then I'm going to want to speak to their management - as it's taken them nearly 3 weeks to get this far.

For example, I had the PTU arrive the day after I purchased it from another member on here - took it to Nissan last Friday (AM) and it has taken them until 5:50pm today to get back to me (I've phoned everyday since).

Out of curiosity - how did you run the part number through Nissan?
 

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Also it is feckin ridiculous they have taken 3 weeks to tell you this. Don't they have access to a consult tool????
 

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It's a program called Nissan FAST - basically the software that nissan use. You can download it from questionable sources :)
 

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the main problem with these main dealers is that they no longer have mechanics, they only have fitters.
it's so much easier to replace a part and doesn't cost the company as much.
when my coilpacks were going i took it to my local main dealer (luckily i've known them for years) and even when they plugged in their diagnostics tool it said there was nothing wrong. it only registers a broken link in the chain, not an intermittent fault. i then took it to an 'old school' garage (where my ex's brother has worked for 20 odd years) and within 2 days had sussed the problem and sorted it.
so my advice is find a local 'mechanic' and get him ( or her, coz theres a very fit one round here) to check it out.(and their prices are usually lower than the main dealers)
 
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I presume both garages would have - but I'll ring them tomorrow morning and ask - thanks!

Any more ideas?

Would not count on that mate, they probably have only ever worked on YOUR Skyline. Trawl the forums.... I take it you don't have a dodgey Immobiliser?

:cheers:
 

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Would not count on that mate, they probably have only ever worked on YOUR Skyline. Trawl the forums.... I take it you don't have a dodgey Immobiliser?

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Interesting point, I don't believe it's dodgy - as I've not had any problems with it, but 10 days isn't long enough to tell I guess. Any easy way to tell it's dodgy?
 

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I had a similar problem and when I took the car into Nissan in Carlisle they ran a system check and the fault came straight up. It cost £50 to run the Diagnostic check and £550 for the part and fitting. The only problem was that it tokk 4 weeks to get the part, some breathing thingy.
 
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