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#2 of 135 2004 Altima brake lights out
Jun 14, 2007 (5:14 pm)
Purchased car new and it has 35,000 miles on it. When I step on the brakes, the brake lights don't go on. Rear window light does work - tail lights work. Was recently close to getting rear-ended and this may be why. Checked fuse which is okay - is it possible that both lights went out simultaneously? Any help is appreciated as I know it will be dangerous to drive it at all this way.
#3 of 135 Re: 2004 Altima brake lights out [lin928]
Jun 14, 2007 (5:47 pm)
not only is it extreemly dangerous, it's illegal. cop catches you, might have the car towed and tell you to walk home. I'm no mechanic, but from past experience I'd say, that since its both not working, its probably an electrical problem. If it were just a bulb, I don't think you'd loose both of them. My guess (and nothing more than a guess) is that it might have something to do with the brake pedal. there's probably something on it that sets off the lights when the pedal is depressed and may be malfunctioning
#4 of 135 Re: 2004 Altima brake lights out [jd10013]
Jun 14, 2007 (6:23 pm)
Thank you for your reply. I decided to have someone follow me to my mechanics in the morning. He replaced brake pads right before I was nearly hit from behind. I wonder if that had something to do with it. If not, I trust that he will give me an honest answer if he can figure it out.
#5 of 135 Re: 2004 Altima brake lights out [lin928]
Jun 15, 2007 (5:58 am)
Let us know what happens!
#6 of 135 Re: 2004 Altima brake lights out [pat]
Jun 15, 2007 (8:40 am)
Amazingly, the problem is fixed. I pressured my mechanic (not Nissan) to look at it this morning. I checked the switch under the brake pedal and it only lit up the light on the deck. Thanks to JD10013 for letting me know about that. Initially, the mechanic thought it might be the main connection located in the console which would have involved taking out the column, but it turned out to be two bad bulbs. It cost me $10 and 10 minutes. Having already replaced struts and tires and a recall for a sub-panel replacement, I am concerned about what's down the road now that the warranty is up. But, for now, I am happy that this was nothing serious. I am glad that I joined this forum too!
#7 of 135 Re: 2004 Altima brake lights out [lin928]
Jun 15, 2007 (10:56 am)
We're glad to have you! Check out the list of other discussions in the Altima group. There are many others that may interest you.
Glad to hear it was simple fix!
#8 of 135 Re: 2004 Altima brake lights out [lin928]
Jun 15, 2007 (1:39 pm)
I glad I could be of some help. I wouldn't worry about "down the road". Nissan build a very high quality car, that is very reliable. shocks, tires and struts are usualy just a wear and tear thing, most cars need them eventualy. Especially if you drive on bad roads. and 1 recal is a lot less than most cars average. but congratulation on your $10 repair bill, always feels nice when that happens.
#9 of 135 Correct ABS behavior
Sep 06, 2007 (10:50 am)
I just bought a 2007 Altima 2.5S with ABS.
On a secluded patch of road I took it to 20-25 mph on dry pavement and stamped smartly on the brakes. The wheels lock and I leave rubber.
I have had two service managers tell me that this is correct behavior. One told me that Nissan decided that under 30mph, you stop faster by not engaging the ABS and letting the tires slide.
My '99 Mercury Mystique engages the ABS under these conditions.
Does this make sense? I thought part of the point was to make the car steerable under hard braking at any speed.
Traction control and dynamic stability control are unavailable for the I4 models. So what will happen if I need to stop quickly at 5mph in an icy parking lot or at low speeds on an icy road, will I be better off pumping the brakes?
#10 of 135 Re: Correct ABS behavior [mikej7]
Sep 07, 2007 (5:07 pm)
Thats weird you are having your wheels lock up. I tried that once I never had a problem. My Nissan is a 2007 Altima, my problem is with the brakes. When I brake on slope or when I pull into a parking lot, there's a loud squeal. took it to the dealer twice and they are saying its not the brake. So, I am wondering if you came across the same situation. Now, I hear the squeal when I reverse. My 07 Altima is 2.5SL type.