Last post on Oct 21, 2013 at 2:59 PM
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Nissan Altima, Electrical, Sedan
#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.
#12 of 21 2008 not starting
Feb 20, 2012 (6:30 pm)
I have just starting having this issue and I have noticed that it only does it when i am parked facing down hill. has anyone else noticed this. I have tested it. Thanks to Colorado driveways I have started backing in my driveway so my nose is down and it does it, when i park straight in it does not do it. From what I have read about this issue it should be a recall. I have noticed that if I take it out of gear then put it back in park it will start.
#13 of 21 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima Not Starting--brake switch? [tessaj]
Jun 05, 2012 (6:49 am)
I'm having the same issue with my 08 Altima w/43,000 miles on it. Before reading this thread I have twice before took it to the dealer and they were not able to duplicate the problem because the issue is intermittent. The technician thought maybe it was the computer module that's looks at the brakes system to start the car, a safety feature but wanted $400 to test and replace it. I'm not paying that much and it sucks that this issue isnt covered on the extended warrenty I purchased thur the dealership. I'll give the dealership a call on this brake switch theory.
#14 of 21 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima Not Starting--brake switch? [nick87]
Jul 31, 2012 (2:09 pm)
I had similar problems with a 2008 Altima. Had intermittent issues with it taking multiple attempts to start the car. At 48M miles the battery tested as marginal, but still had the same starting issues with a new replacement battery. At the Nissan dealership was told that the brake switch was questionable. When they removed the brake switch from the circuit it started fine. For the cost of the switch and a couple hours of labor the car starts fine now.
#15 of 21 Nissan altima not starting due to brake switch
Aug 13, 2012 (9:26 pm)
A dealer will quote from $150 (just for investigation) to anywhere around $1000. But in essence, it is a single brake switch (there are two switches on the harness, but we are talking about the one on the left when there's a starting problem).
This can be DIY fixed so easily without much tools (all you need is a light, and hands).
I just fixed it today and the cost of switch was $50. Nissan could have recalled for this a long time ago and now it lost the chance - and the dealers are making good money on it since those 2007 and 2008 models are now out of the warranty. I call it a very unethical business behavior.
Still I like the car itself. The new design of 2013 is very attractive in the look but I am not buying one simply due to this issue and the experience around it.
#16 of 21 Re: Nissan altima not starting due to brake switch [altima25s07]
Sep 15, 2012 (12:22 pm)
I have a 2008 Nissan Altima with 25000 miles and the same problem. It is disappointing that so many owners have the same problem but there has been no recall!!!
I appreciate it if you could tell me where the switch is and the steps I should take to replace it myself?
#18 of 21 Re: Nissan altima not starting due to brake switch [altima25s07]
Oct 31, 2012 (12:32 pm)
where did you get the switch and whats the proper name for it????
#19 of 21 Nissan altima brake switch
Oct 31, 2012 (6:37 pm)
You could search for Nissan Altima 2007 Brake Switch, or just part number W0133-1844773.
The price seems to vary from $20 to $50.