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#2 of 21 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima Not Starting--brake switch? [tessaj]
Jul 25, 2010 (2:26 pm)
I am going through this right now! My wife calls me - of course she is on a road trip 250 miles away to help her. Car won't start. Its a 2008 with 70,000 miles on it. I figure battery and we jump it and it starts. Off to Autozone to check battery. Battery bad. Replaced it. Still won't start! Check new battery - fine. Check alternator - fine. Do some reading on here and it looks like the brake switch. Have my wife do a little test. The brake has to be depressed to allow car to start. So she presses it and someone else checks the brake light. No light. Car won't start either. Have her keep repressing it until light come on. When light comes on, she presses the starter and the car starts! Of course its a Sunday so no dealership to go to until tomorrow. I could probably figure out how to clean the contact on the switch if I was there. Hope it's only the switch and nothing else. At least she can get to the dealership without a tow which is 30 miles away.
#3 of 21 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima Not Starting--brake switch? [nick87]
Jul 26, 2010 (1:43 pm)
Update on brake switch issue. Brought into dealer this afternoon and they confirmed it was the brake switch. According to them its a common problem with the Altimas. $40 for switch and another $40 for installing.
#4 of 21 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima Not Starting--brake switch? [nick87]
Jul 26, 2010 (4:24 pm)
I wouldn't call this a problem when you need to replace a switch at 70k miles. I traded in my '07 Altima late last year w/ almost 20k miles and I didn't have any issue with the car.
#5 of 21 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima Not Starting--brake switch? [gooddeal2]
Jul 26, 2010 (6:00 pm)
I guess its a matter of perspective. I have another Altima - 1998 with 255K miles that over 12 years had a CV boot go out and a belt pulley. Everything else is original on the car (except tires, brakes, serpentine belt changed once). I guess I have been spoiled!
#6 of 21 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima Not Starting--brake switch? [tessaj]
Sep 09, 2010 (2:07 pm)
Im having the same issue! The brake wont depress and the brake lights do not come on at all.I have full battery power and my key fob also has a new battery. The only way for me to move the car now is to get it a tow. Is changing the brake switch easy to do on your own or do I have to get the car in to Nissan?
#7 of 21 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima Not Starting--brake switch? [bluealtima08]
Sep 10, 2010 (5:51 am)
I'm not sure if it's easy to do... sounds like it would be. It's only about $65 for the brake switch. You can call a dealership and ask how much it would be for the part and installation.
#8 of 21 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima Not Starting--brake switch? [gooddeal2]
Nov 12, 2010 (4:37 pm)
My 2008 had it happen 4 times and it's got less than 25k miles.
#9 of 21 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima Not Starting--brake switch? [blkngld]
Dec 21, 2011 (4:38 pm)
I am having this problem now along with other previous problems with this car I think its possesed
#10 of 21 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima Not Starting--brake switch? [mandy2166]
Dec 29, 2011 (3:41 pm)
My 2007 altima was having same problem, took it to the dealer and it was $520.00 but they would knock $100.00 off. I was p off, this is a problem very common with these cars and they should have had a recall on them, instead they wait til they go out and have their hot hands out for your money to fix them!! I have called the news station to do investigating on this problem, I think others that have this problem should do the same!!
#11 of 21 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima Not Starting--brake switch? [tessaj]
Jan 30, 2012 (12:44 pm)
x2, once in October so I purchased a new battery after having car towed in, and some other piece was fixed. Now again same deal. I paid money to have the Nissa Roadside Assistance come tow my car in again, the two truck drive stated that it is the break switch, he sees it all the time with these types of cars. He pushed really hard on the break pedal a few times, tried again and the car started. No refund of my pre-paid money for the tow truck drive to come out to assist me. Drove it to the dealer, dealer says switch is fine, it is somehting esle, that costs $1065.