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#1794 of 2710 2004 Nissan Altima - electrical failure
Oct 31, 2006 (6:45 pm)
Okay, I have a 2004 Nissan Altima. I will be driving down the road, and all the sudden I will have a power surge of some sort. Everything will stay on, but I will lose all acceleration. I will press on the gas and nothing. No lights or indication signals appear, like the car is fine. I will pull over, put the car in park, sit for maybe 2 minutes, then put the car into drive and drive off like everything is fine. It happened at night once now, and I noticed the lights and everything will dim, but not go out, I will pull over, then see another surge in power, the lights will brighten again and I can drive off again. I have taken it to the dealer 3 times, and they cant find anything wrong with it. No codes or nothing at all. They have tried some things, but all its doing is wasting my money. Please help me!!
#1795 of 2710 Re: 2004 Nissan Altima - electrical failure [jiggamman]
Oct 31, 2006 (7:24 pm)
Since your problem is intermittent and the dealer can't find the problem after 3 tries, this will be difficult to find. You probably have either a loose connection or a short somewhere in a major part of the electrical system. The problem could be deeply buried in a wiring harness or equally hard to reach place. Be glad the problem cleared up for now, but I understand your concern that it may happen again. It's hard to drive a car that you can't trust. It's like being married to someone you don't trust, it can be very unsettling. About all you can do for now is wait to see if it happens again, note exactly what happens if it does. There may be some clue show up somewhere. Watch the lights for any flicker.
"They have tried some things, but all its doing is wasting my money" I would maybe pay them the first time for diagnostic time, but not on the second and third time for the same complaint. Take it somewhere else if it happens again.
#1796 of 2710 95 altima bad gas mileage
Nov 03, 2006 (9:35 am)
My altima has been getting very poor gas mileage for about 3 months now. I checked the spark plugs, they were fine, i checked the air filter, it's looking good, and i even use that fuel injector cleaner every once in a while. what could the problem be?
#1797 of 2710 Re: 95 altima bad gas mileage [raiderman34]
Nov 03, 2006 (2:07 pm)
Are yuou sure its "bad"?
The only other things that it could be is a leaking fuel injector or faulty fuel pressure regulator. Also, your o2 sensors have a slight change of telling the engine computer to richen the fuel mixture, but most likely not.
#1798 of 2710 96 ALTIMA VIBRATING TOO MUCH
Nov 03, 2006 (2:38 pm)
I HAVE A 96 ALTIMA AND EVER SINCE I GOT IT ITS BEEN VIBRATING AT THE BEGINNING IT WAS VERY LITTLE BUT NOW IT SEEMS LIKE YOUR GETTING A MASSAGE EVERYTIME I GET IN THE CAR CAUSE ALL THE VIBRATING IT ONLY DOES IT WHEN THE CAR IS STOPPED. I WAS TOLD IT WAS THE HARMONIC BALANCER BUT I CHANGED IT TWICE AND NOTHING HAS CHANGED CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP????? THANK YOU
#1799 of 2710 Re: 96 ALTIMA VIBRATING TOO MUCH [biggrobs15]
Nov 04, 2006 (4:14 pm)
I have the same problem, 1996 gxe , automatic, whenever I stop it starts to shake , steering wheel everything, there are times thought its doesnt , like in the morning. Dont know if you have any luck with yours.
#1800 of 2710 Re: '95 Altima "Mystery Engine Surge" [altimagrrl]
Nov 04, 2006 (5:08 pm)
hello, did you ever get any leads on that engine shake??? have a 96 gxe a/t. mine has that shake anytime we sit in idle. ) really annoying))I already tried and checked timing , mounts ect ect. but now I am having that it is blowing the meter 10 amp fuse and that cuts the alternator out ( and instrument cluster dies) and engine runs of battery. I have read different messages and there are some common denominators. Each time I blow this fuse , seeems to be happening more often I pull a tranny code and a knock sensor code. I would replace the knock sensor but I will bench test it first since it is $150 plus. As far as the vibration, My buddy has a 95 that has NO vibrations! the main area where this vibration is comming from the top mount next to the alternator, that whole area is the center where this vibration startson my car, and his is very minimal. Maybe the mount is weakend. Let me know
#1801 of 2710 Re: Altima died twice in 3 months (distributor?) [bonsigirl]
Nov 06, 2006 (9:27 am)
Had the same problem and did some research. Apparently, it is a RECALL issue! Free of charge to repair. Here is more information about it.
2003 Nissan Altima Recalls
Recall ID# 06V242000 - ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
JUL 07, 2006
2003 NISSAN ALTIMA
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A 2.5L ENGINE, A VARIATION IN TEMPERATURE OCCURS DUE TO THE UNIQUE LOCATION OF THE SENSOR IN THE ENGINE. UNDER CERTAIN DRIVING CONDITIONS, THESE VARIATIONS IN TEMPERATURE CAN BE LARGE ENOUGH TO CAUSE A BRIEF INTERRUPTION IN THE SIGNAL OUTPUT FROM THE SENSOR.
IF THE INTERRUPTION IN THE SIGNAL FROM THE SENSOR IS SO BRIEF THAT THE ELECTRONIC CONTROL MODULE (ECM) LOGIC DOES NOT HAVE TIME TO DIAGNOSE THE CONDITION, THE ENGINE MAY STOP RUNNING WITHOUT WARNING WHILE THE VEHICLE IS DRIVEN AT A LOW SPEED INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE ECM FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected:
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC. R0606
#1802 of 2710 Re: 96 ALTIMA VIBRATING TOO MUCH [biggrobs15]
Nov 06, 2006 (5:41 pm)
It might be one of the engines is out. Look for a good shop to test the engine. Or, you can do it yourself like the old day by looking at the spark plugs color after the car driven for a while. Charcoal Red is good; dry grey white is too little gas; and wet dark grey is to rich of gas or the engine does not fire at all. This 4 Engine block is designed to fire in a sequence to balance out its vibration. If one of it is out, it sure will shake a lot under the hood.
#1803 of 2710 Re: ac doesnt work when car restarted and in afternoon [ray_h1]
Nov 08, 2006 (6:37 pm)
thanks Ray. The Pepboys guys told me the same thing. But even after modifying low pressure safety switch problem persists. same problem AC does not blow cold only when it is hot. I also noticed something else, the radiator fan keeps running even after the car is switched off. this has been going on for many years. need to know whether this is altima thing or just my car. Help needed Please advice.