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#1949 of 2710 Re: Can't Keep the battery charged on Nissan Altima [bfournine]
Apr 09, 2007 (1:14 pm)
I had the exact same problem in my 2003. It went to the dealer a number of times. One of the dealers, in New Jersey, seeing my then Virginia plate, and making some wrong assumptions, thought I was so dumb that I would buy into his diagnosis, that I needed a new radiator. Nonsense. He did it iunder warranty. Afterwards, I used my expirience with many cars over the years to diagnose the problem. Bad alternator. Another dealer ran noise checks and agreed with me. Fortunately, I have purchased bumper to bumper insurance warranty from my carrier, so it was repaired. Cist me $250, my deductible. In the old days, I would have thrown one in myself. The problem hasd been corrected.
#1950 of 2710 Re: Can't Keep the battery charged on Nissan Altima [bfournine]
Apr 09, 2007 (2:20 pm)
This is bad alternator problem or there is an electrical short in the system. If your battery accepts a jump start and can start the car after it sits for a while then it's not a battery problem. It seems that the battery can hold a charge, if it gets charged. The next thing to check is the alternator. Some places like NAPA and AutoZone will test your alternator for free. Nonetheless, if your alternator is not producing sufficient current (while the engine is running) then some or even all of the electrical charge will be drawn from the battery. At some point the running engine will deplete the battery of it's electrical charge and the spark plugs will stop firing. At that point the battery will only have enough energy left to run the radio, and maybe turn on the lights. It will not have enough energy left to start the car. If the battery sits for a couple of hours it will usually produce a secondary charge all on it's own. You may get one more attempt of starting the engine with this secondary charge, but it's a worthless attempt if your alternator doesn't produce enough electrical charge to run the engine and recharge the battery.
#1951 of 2710 Re: Can't Keep the battery charged on Nissan Altima [raydanley]
Apr 10, 2007 (4:07 am)
The problem may simply be that the belt is slipping. Check the alternator belt tension.
You could also measure the amperage on the battery when the car is turned off. You could have some device that continues to draw power.
#1952 of 2710 99 Nissan Altima; Door locks won't turn
Apr 11, 2007 (4:54 am)
99 Altima, 86K. Does not have keyless entry. I mainly use driver's side door to get in, so lock works decently. When I use either the passenger door or the trunk, the key goes in but will not turn. I've sprayed a decent amount of WD40 in through the keyholes but still no luck. I'm not looking to spend the bucks and have them replaced, so I'd like to see if I can repair what I've got.
#1953 of 2710 Re: 99 Nissan Altima; Door locks won't turn [casualfc]
Apr 11, 2007 (3:41 pm)
probably not. I have the same problem with my 98 200sx trunk keylock. the key won't turn, but the release in the car will open it. when i examined the part or the lock and linkage on the inside of the trunk, i saw a decent amount of rust and corrosion. because they're all made as one piece, i doubt you could find the individual parts that would need replaced. But, if you could do it yourself, I doubt the actual locks themselves would cost that much.
#1954 of 2710 97 Altima trouble
Apr 12, 2007 (6:27 pm)
Hi ya. My wife has a 97 Altima and driving home from work today it died on her. Right before it died all the warning lights came on, even the E brake light, though it wasn't on at the time. I went to pick her up and the lights were dim, all of her warning lights were still on. She was able to turn it over to move it, but then its rpm's dropped down and it just died.
- I didn't have a chance to go back and look at it yet, but I'm thinking battery, alternator, belt? Maybe a fun combo of both.
#1955 of 2710 03 Nissan Altima 2.SL engine shut off when stop
Apr 12, 2007 (5:09 pm)
I have 03 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL, it has 135K miles. In this couple weeks , the car engine suddenly shut off when I was braking, one time when I turn on the A/C. I just change the new alternator and new battery for couple months the belt also. I always have the service scheduled. If somebody know what wrong, please let me know, thank you so much!!!
#1956 of 2710 Re: 97 Altima trouble [jrohrman]
Apr 13, 2007 (9:33 pm)
Try checking the distributor before you start putting money into it.It happenedto me once and the alternator was leaking. You can try?
#1957 of 2710 Re: 03 Nissan Altima 2.SL engine shut off when stop [autodriver]
Apr 19, 2007 (5:18 am)
It may be several things causing the engine to die sometimes. There are currently 2 KNOWN issues that can cause this to happen, it may be one of them. The camshaft position sensor can go bad, and also the crankshaft position sensor can go bad. You need to have it checked at a Nissan dealer or competent repair shop.
#1958 of 2710 Re: Bent Wheel vs. Alignment [badnissan]
Apr 21, 2007 (6:52 pm)
Did you ever get resolution from Consumer Affairs or anyone about this? I also have the water rushing noise, am on my 3rd radiator and just had to replace the thermostats. I have been complaining about the water noise for over a year and Nissan doesn't seem to care...any advice/help you can offer would be appreciated!!!