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Flickering Lights In my 1997 Maxima, the battery and brake dash lights are flickering occasionally at the same time. This happens after the car has been running for 10 minutes or more. When the lights flicker, the radio cuts out and the headlights brighten. I have had 3 mechanics look at it, and the alternator tested fine according to 2 of them. One said I needed to replace the alternator. One said it was the fuse box next to my battery and he cleaned out all the corrosion and terminals etc. It ran fine for 2 days after that. I even took it out of town. However, tonite the lights started flickering again. I recently had the battery replaced because I needed it. But the lights were flickering before that. What could possibly be the problem? Brian F

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You do need an alternator. Nissan has a campaign on Maxima alternator in certain years such as 96-98 I believe. Go to your friendly Nissan dealer abd have them punch your VIN number into the NNA net. they will know and that will tell them if your vehicle applies by the VIN. I have seen the alternator on fire. There was fire inside of the alternator. Have it checked or the car can catch on fire.

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