Question about 1997 Nissan Maxima

1 Answer

Battery draining Hi, I have a 97 maxima SE. The car seems to have a short which drains the battery if the car is not used for about 20 - 24 hours. My mechanic checked out every fuse, but there is still a drain on the battery. he says it might be 2 wires touching somewhere. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

Posted by on

  • 3 more comments 
  • shuly Oct 29, 2008

    a brand new battery was installed first.

  • Anonymous Nov 04, 2008

    battery was tested, even tried another battery

  • msw1 Nov 10, 2008

    I change my alternator and battery at the same time. after about running for 25-30 min it died on the highway??? WTF. is there an external voltage regulator or something

  • Anonymous Mar 08, 2009

    the bose radio on/off /volume knob was the culprit...
    mine was drianing the battery... remove radio fuse...problem solved new radio!!!!

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    It not called a short, it is a drain, but 1st have the battery tested, did your technician do that test?



1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

  • Expert
  • 147 Answers

Crank your car leave it running and pull the hot cable off the battery tell me what happens

Posted on Nov 20, 2008

  • Joshua Davis Nov 20, 2008

    if it shuts off its your alternator



1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya Mechanic can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Mechanic (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

My 97 accord has always ran with no problems. I recently replaced the battery and it started and drove fine for 3 months. After not driving it for 1 week, the car is dead, not even an inside light and...

If the battery is completely dead, you'll need to slow charge it for a few hours before trying to use a jumper battery. And you could have something shorted to ground in the car that drained the battery in the first place.
Try disconnecting the battery cables and using a battery charger to bring the battery back to life first.

Jan 26, 2014 | 1997 Honda Accord

1 Answer

My 2001 nissan maxima wont start when its been sitting for more then 4 houres

you have electric power drain,either it is you battery very old and one of the shells inside the battery is short. Check also your boot light might stays on even you closing it down.

Nov 22, 2013 | 1996 Nissan Maxima

1 Answer

How do you drain the radiator on a 97 Accord SE? I've looked at it from under the car and can't seem to find a drain plug?

IF there is plug there it will probably be flush with the bottom of the tank and have a large cross cut into it, It may be above the tin splash plate that covers under the radiator to sump. Otherwise undo the hose clamp at the bottom of the radiator and gently remove the hose. It will be messy so do it in an area you can clean up after.

Mar 26, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

97 maxima clicks but wont start

The clicking sound comes from the starter solenoid which is located down on the starter itself.This means a couple of things might be wrong so lets just go through the process.First it just might be you left something on in the car and the battery is flat. Charge the battery up for a few hours and check to see if it will start.If not you may have a bad starter and this may need replacing.If it starts you need to find out why the battery went flat in the first place.Hopefully it was something silly like an interior light left on(which happens to all of us at some time or another) If not you are going to have to take the car in and have the alternator and battery checked out.If this has happened out of the blue I'm betting on a drained battery.Good luck

Nov 28, 2010 | 1997 Nissan Maxima

1 Answer

2008 camry battery drain excessive drains battery

Hi my name is Tom and I can help you.

Most battery drains are shorts in the electrical system. Also, you might have a light(such as a dome light or trunk light that is not turning off.

Electrical problems are the personal hell of mechanics because one wire touching the cars ground and you have a drain which will drive you crazy. If you have the time you can check all the wiring on the car, if not take it to a shop. They will spend hours finding it and never can charge you what it is worth.


Jun 29, 2010 | 1992 Toyota Camry V6

2 Answers

I own a nissan maxima 1997 , there is a problem, there is somthng killing my batterie , i checked all teh lights there is noone of them that stay on, my alternator seems to be cahrging good but i found...

The battery should never be disconnected while the motor is running - this can cause excessive voltages to appear on the alternator output.
That in turn could cause destruction of any electronic module on the vehicle, including damage to the alternator itself.
Assuming the electrical system has not been damaged, the cause of your discharge problem is most likely a current drain on the battery when the vehicle is unused.
Check for a drain current from the battery while the vehicle is standing with engine and all electrical system turned OFF -
[ while in this condition, if you don't have a current meter, temporarily connect a small bulb (6-12W) in series with the main battery ground cable - lamp glow indicates current drain - remove fuses, disconnect items to identify current drain],

Also check alterator output voltage (measured across the battery terminals) is approx 14.5V when engine is running and electric system is loaded with headlights or blower fan on.

Oct 20, 2009 | 1997 Nissan Maxima

1 Answer

03 maxima. If the car sits too long the battery ends up draining.

remove the fuzes one at a time to see which circuit the drain is in.

Jan 27, 2009 | 2003 Nissan Maxima

1 Answer

95 Nissan Maxima won't turn over

sounds like a starter motor problem, i would change that first

Dec 01, 2008 | 1995 Nissan Maxima

Not finding what you are looking for?
1997 Nissan Maxima Logo

Related Topics:

298 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Nissan Experts


Level 3 Expert

77499 Answers

Phil Lovisek
Phil Lovisek

Level 3 Expert

726 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22306 Answers

Are you a Nissan Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides