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How urgent is a P0051 code?

Old 03-10-2019, 03:51 PM
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How urgent is a P0051 code?

2009 maxima recently got alternator replaced. How urgent is this code? Kind of in a bind right. If not fixed right away what can happen?
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Old 03-10-2019, 05:17 PM
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With the alternator being replaced it is most likely just a connector not reconnected. Fortunately Bank 2 is at the "Front" of the engine.
Make sure that connector is on and secure. If it is and the fuse is ok, then disconnect it again, and check the resistance. It is most likely open. A replacement sensor 226931AA0A is about $200 from nissan but you may be able to find it cheaper.

Re your question of how serious? Well it works with the ecm to adjust the fuel air mixture. It can lead to rough running (especially when cold-ish) and eventually, even cat failure if it has gone on long and bad enough but your car will really run poorly before that occurs (my crystal ball not anyone elses!)

I would take care of it as soon as you can, hopefully, just the connector loose after the alternator surgery. (Yeah, I know the $11-$1200 hurt!)

Let us know what you find and good luck

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Old 03-10-2019, 05:24 PM
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I payed $350 parts + labor for alternator replacement
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Old 03-10-2019, 05:36 PM
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I am envious. Most of us had to pay 4 digit as the AC has to come out (which means service too) and the alternator alone was 300 or so! Have that mechanic fix your connection and/or replace the sensor. You may get by for $25!!!
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Old 03-10-2019, 05:47 PM
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Well hereís the thing This is the first time I used this mechanic and he said it would be $270 but told me something else had done bad so went up to $350 (which is the quote other mechanics in my area gave me) and Iím not quite happy with the work he did since he didnít secure the alternator right the first time
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