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#35 of 2710 Can't Shift out of Park
Jul 23, 2002 (7:52 pm)
I have a 1995 Nissan Altima that I'm having serious problems with. If I start the car in park, I can't press the button down to shift out of park. The car will go into drive if I start it in neutral (yes I can move the shifter around with the car off). Or if I start the car with the button pressed down on the shifter. If the car goes back into park while it's on, I have to restart it one of the above ways.
Also, the brake lights aren't working on the car. Any idea as to what's going on? I need something "smart-sounding" to talk to the mechanic about. Thanks!
#36 of 2710 re: can't shift out of park
Jul 26, 2002 (9:28 am)
I had the same problem on my 95 altima. If you can squirm you way under the dash (difficult if you are my size) you can follow the break pedal up to two switches (buttons). I don't remember which is which but they release the shifter and activate you break lights. If you can get under there it won't be difficult to change. Just make sure you have enough daylight left before you start.
#37 of 2710 distributor
Jul 26, 2002 (9:40 am)
I've been extremely pleased with our altima until I found out that its common for them to kill distributors.
I'm on my third one. . . does any one have any idea why this happens?
#38 of 2710 Altima 2002 3.5SE Automatic - I have had most of these problems.
Jul 26, 2002 (11:17 am)
I have a feeling that these problems are just design problems and that is the way the car will behave until they improve the design. I use to worry about these problems but I gave up...
1) Center console doesn't close too good. To close it, instead of slamming it just push firmly on the back of it, it will close good every time.
2) The trunk has to be slammed to close. I hate this on a brand new car but seems like thats they way it is.
3) Humming noise from the Left front side. I usually getting at 90+ MPH so I dont worry anymore.
4) Reflection of the dashboard on the windshield. Annoying, specially if you Armor-All it.
5) Makes a weird noise for 2s when you start it up cold.
6) Static radio noise. The dealershep fixed this, there is a service bulletin.
as I find more stuff like this, i'll post it...
#39 of 2710 2002 Altima V6 Starting Problem
Jul 29, 2002 (3:36 pm)
ANYBODY WITH THE SIX CYLNDER HAVING A STARTING PROBLEM...AFTER PARKING CAR AND UPON RETURNING VEHICLE WOULD NOT START...THIS HAS HAPPENED 3 TIMES... HAD BATTERY CHECKED OUT TWICE AND NO PROBLEMS NOTED. IF YOU LET THE CAR SIT A WHILE IT WOULD RESTART. ONE TIME I JIGGLED SHIFT LEVER AND IT STARTED..I WONDER IF THERE IS A SWITCH IN SHIFT UNIT THAT WOULD SHUT VEHICLE FROM STARTING...ANYBODY ELSE OUT THERE WITH THE SAME STARTING PROBLEM... ONLY 200 MILES ON VEHICLE...HOPE IT'S NOT ONE OF THOSE COMPUTER PROBLEMS. AGAIN LOST TIME IN MAINTAINANCE AREA ---ABBREVIATION FOR "ALTIMA" --AGAIN LOST TIME IN MAINTAINANCE AREA
#40 of 2710 air bag problems
Jul 29, 2002 (5:27 pm)
did any one see the report on tv about air bags on altimas and maximas that were severely hurting people?i am close to buying an altima (3.5) or a maxima. just can't decide! can any body help? gmn22
#41 of 2710 gmn22
Jul 29, 2002 (6:00 pm)
That report about the airbags was on Dateline (not exactly a bastion of journalistic integrity) and referred only to the airbags in '94-'95 Altimas. Other Nissans are not affected by the issue.
#42 of 2710 STARTING PROBLEM SOLVED
Jul 30, 2002 (1:00 pm)
Brought car into dealer to figure why car would not start.. previous message #39... and they say there is a safety switch tied into the shift lever.They made an adjustment to switch or whatever and that was end of the problem...We will now see if it happens again in not wanting to start... So as of now,problem solved...We hope.
#43 of 2710 Ignition lock ups
Aug 27, 2002 (10:36 am)
Has anyone experienced the ignition locking up on the 02 Altima? I have had this happen twice where the key will not turn at all so I have to fight with the steering wheel to unlock it. I have seen instances in other cars where the ignition locks up and a simple turn of the steering wheel would clear up the issue. Not in this case! I have had to sit there and struggle with this thing for about 5 minutes before it finally unlocks.
Aug 28, 2002 (11:08 am)
can any one tell me if you have to use super unleaded gas with the 02 altimas (4 cyl, and 6 cyl) and the 02 maximas? i cant seem to get a straight scoop from even the dealers! thanks gmn