Hey Everyone, my girlfriends car (2002 Altima 3.5SE) is having a bit of an issue. It rattles at around 1500-2000RPM on light acceleration. I've read every possible symptom from bad gas to heat shields to shredded cats to blah blah, but I do believe I've pinpointed the solution.
Today I tried to manually activate the Power Valve Actuator (plunger looking thing on the intake manifold that controls the VIAS valve). First thing that was weird was that it was dead center during idle. Now what was really weird was that when I put my finder under it and pushed it all the way up (I guess full open?), it started to make the rattling noise!
1. Is this rattle normal? If you guys actuate it 100% in either direction, do you get a rattle as well?
2. I have no problem pulling it out and trying to fix it, but I was thinking of doing the block off plate and getting rid of it altogether. What else would I have to cap to prevent a p1800 code from popping up (or any other codes for that matter)?
3. Can you guys tell me what position your actuator is in when the car is idling in park? Mine was dead center.
edit: I've seen recalls for VQ35DE's with the screws on the valve coming loose, could this be the issue?