hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,143 miles

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2004 Nissan Sentra fuel system problems

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2004 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #19

Sep 012011

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


In September of 2011 I started to have a problem fueling my car. As soon as I begin putting fuel in, it starts spitting fuel back out. My service engine light has been on since then and just yesterday I checked out the code at my friend's house - it is indeed P1446. After more investigation on line, it looks like a vent control valve needs to be replaced. I'm not sure why this isn't a recall issue. It's dangerous and expensive to fix. After more research, I found that there have been numerous reports of the same problem....even one that caused a fire that severely burned a mother and child. I checked for any recalls on Sentra on the website but I only got 1 recall which applies to 2.5L engine versions. No recalls were listed for this problem. I am a widow with three children and don't have the money to make this repair. I need your help. Please.

- Norwich, CT, USA

problem #18

Aug 312004

Sentra 4-cyl

  • miles
Ever since I bought my car in Aug. 2004 it has had a long crank problem. I took it back to the dealership not long after I bought the car for this problem and was told that there was nothing wrong with the car. They now tell my that the fuel pump is losing pressure and I need to have a fuel pump repair kit installed on my car at a cost of $550 to me. I had my car in the shop for another problem when they told me that I needed this repair kit for a long crank problem because the car does not start when you first turn the key. The same problem that I have had with the car since I bought it. I do not think I should have to pay for this repair since it is a problem that I have tried to get them to fix when it was under warranty.

- Scottsville, KY, USA

problem #17

Oct 082009

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
Most of the time when I try to turn on the car I have to try 2 or 3 times in order for it to turn. The car sounds like it will turn on but it will not, therefore I have to continue turning the key and try again. Sometimes when I accelerate the car will not response, it will take a while to do so.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #16

Nov 012011

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that the fuel release valve caused fuel to spew out of the fuel tank when refueling. The contact called the dealer regarding the fuel system and the dealer advised that the vent control needed to be replaced. The contact did not have the vent control valve replaced. The failure mileage was 125,000. The VIN was not available. Updated 12/12/11 updated 12/13/11

- Sparta, NJ, USA

problem #15

Jul 312011

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Faulty fuel pump on 2004 Nissan Sentra, noted by Nissan since they issued a tecnichal service bullitin and a repair kit for the pump for sale for well over $200 U.S. but failed to issue a recall for this issue which leads to poor fuel pressure and hard to start conditions.

- High Springs, FL, USA

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problem #14

Jun 112011


  • 177,000 miles
After driving my 2004 Nissan Sentra for awhile and shutting it off the engine will not start on the first try. It usually takes 2 or 3 tries to get it started. Also, if I turn off all the accessories it does start right up.

- Abington, PA, USA

problem #13

Mar 032011


  • miles


Upon re-fueling my vehicle, the gasoline always comes right back out. "service engine soon" light is on. This is a serious hazard as gasoline gets everywhere and requires at least 10 minutes to refuel.

- Ct, CT, USA

problem #12

Feb 152011

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
This 2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8S has had issues when refueling... the tank is hard to fill as station nozzles do not permit refueling the engine maintenance light is on & diagnostic code is 1446. When fill in the fuel tank the gasoline start to overflow, therefore I have to go slowly which takes me 10-15 minutes to fill in the tank this will be the second time I will have to have this repaired on the Nissan engine does not start until after many cranks most of the times.

- Tautnon, MA, USA

problem #11

Nov 102010

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Refueling: This 2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8S has had issues when refueling. The tank is not properly vented thus leading to a rush of pressure once the fuel cap is opened. This results in gasoline rushing up through the filler neck and spilling out. In addition, the tank is hard to fill as station nozzles do not permit refueling if the tank is not venting correctly while fueling; the station pump automatically stops fueling. This is a hazard as raw gasoline and outside environments do not relate. A simple google search on "04 Sentra fuel tank" will return hundreds if not thousands of owners with the 2004's who complain about the same exact issue regarding the venting of the tank. The 2005 models were recalled but Nissan left the 2004 owners aside; they know the 2004's have the same issue as the 2005's that were recalled.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #10

Jan 162009


  • miles
Engine does not start until after many cranks most of the times. The engine maintenance light is on & diagnostic code is 1446. When fill in the fuel tank the gasoline start to overflow, therefore I have to go slowly which takes me 10-15 minutes to fill in the tank. I took the car to my mechanic & he told me he has to try to replace the evap vent control valve & see if the problem will go away. I'm not sure what to do, since then I've been reading on line about it, it seems to me there are other consumers like me have the same problem!!!

- Skokie, IL, USA

problem #9

Oct 162010

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 39,720 miles


Nissan Sentra 2004 model - manufacturer defect - recall required. Dear, this is regarding my Sentra car - doing service only with Nissan dealer. Took the car 3 times to dealer for the same problem - only on the 3rd time they could find the problem. Seems they never came across this type of problem before. Brake booster does not send fluid to brake -stalls the car middle of the freeway/highway from 65/55miles to 5 miles - suddenly comes sudden halt in highway. Gave full acceleration, it doesn't move more than 5 miles/hr. Returned to car dealer again. Avoided several accidents. My services charges were $1,200 - which includes fuel system replacement, brake pads, rotors - at early stage - @39700 miles. Very bad experience with Nissan for the first time - I had Altima before. It is a total manufacturer defect. I am worried as my teen age daughter and wife are driving this car. Informed Nissan, they said it is normal/common defect.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #8

Aug 172010


  • miles
I have a 2004 Nissan Sentra, the gas gauge is reading wrong despite my attempts to correct it. I have been fearful that one day I will run out of gas in the middle of nowhere or for the car to just break down. I have read that many people are having similar problems with their Nissan, this seems to be a on going problem for this manufacturer.

- Wallington, NJ, USA

problem #7

Dec 282009


  • 80,000 miles
2004 Nissan Sentra, when filling gas tank fuel leaks out. Happen every time you put gas in your car.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jun 152009


  • 81,000 miles
When filling up, the gas tank overflows and shoot out gas everywhere.

- Munster, IN, USA

problem #5

Jun 042009


  • 140,000 miles
Check engine light came on, gas surges out of tank when filling onto people, even when tank is empty.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #4

Mar 152008


  • miles
I have problem with the fueling of the car, it started around May 2009 and my service engine light has been on since March 2008 and just yesterday I checked out the code at one of repair shop it is indeed P1446.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 022009


  • 118,000 miles
The last few times I have tried to pump gas. It spills out of the fill pipe after a few seconds of fueling. I am afraid of going to the gas station and filling the gas as it is very dangerous not only for me and the car but also to the gas station and people in the vicinity. Your immediate attention to this issue will be greatly appreciated. Also please refer to the following webiste who are facing similar issues: X.nissanhelp.com/forums/Sentra/3766-2004-Sentra-1-8S-gas-spills-out-when-pumping.html.

- Nazareth, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 242008


  • 57,000 miles
Nissan Sentra, 2002-2006, have a perpetual problem with long engine cranks before the engine will start and is detailed in tsb number ntb05-052A. The remedy for this problem is to install part numbers 22670-8U70C and 17342-01A00, which is a fuel pump repair kit and fuel tank gasket. The long cranks can cause premature failure of the engine starter and possible overheating. When Nissan customer service was contacted with this issue, they stated this is not a known issue because a recall was never announced even though they produced a tsb. They refused to take responsibility for an evident design flaw which prompted a repair kit be produced to remedy the situation. They do not stand by their product and provide a recall which is needed.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #1

Sep 132008


  • 95,000 miles
Upon re-fueling my vehicle, the gasoline comes right back out. "service engine soon" light is on with a code of P1446. It is defined as "evap canister vent control valve (closed)".

- Bensenville, IL, USA

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