1995 Nissan Altima Stalls - Tacho needle abruptly drops to zero
Greetings to you all!. I am new to this forum which comes across as a great resource, so I thought I'd post my problem here.
I have a 1995 Nissan Altima, which has had its check engine light on for a while now. A few days back, the engine started to stall on the freeway. The vehicle was driving just fine, when the RPM needle just dropped to zero abruptly (so it was not slow or gradual), and then I was not able to start the vehicle again. It happens almost daily, but what I have noticed is that it happens generally when I drive the vehicle for longer distances. It does happen when I drive it for shorter distances, but I am generally able to start the vehicle back on. On longer distances, if it shuts off, then it wont start again, till it has been a few hours. So obviously, I face no issues starting this thing in the morning, since it has been many hours, since it was last running.
In any event, once it stops, if I am lucky, I can crank it back relatively quickly, otherwise it will not crank for a long time.
So I am thinking that the vehicle really heats up when driving for more than 20 minutes causing it to stall, which might not be the case if I am driving it for a shorter period of time.
Also, the issue happens a little less when I am driving between 45 - 50 mph, vs when I am driving, lets say 60 - 65 mph.
One last thing - when I get home from work after having driven the vehicle for 15 miles, I turn it off and turn it back on immediately and it starts just fine. However, if I wait for 15 minutes or so and then try to turn it back on, it will turn over, but not start. But then in the morning, it will start just fine.
Anybody has any idea what this might be?
PS - By the way, when the engine stalls, the horn, lights, ac etc, work just fine.