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1994 Nissan Sentra SE

Can you believe I just put 4th alternator in my car..2005,2006,2007,2008.. Originally purchased rebuilt alternator at Checkers , and continued rebuilt a/c lifetime guarantee..3 mechanics cant tell why.I have same battery bought at Sears in 2003.(Its still good, so I'm told) Any ideas?? One mechanic actually said.." it must be some weakness in the Nissan Sentra"..Is that possible?..Should I spend more money and get brand new alternator next time? It is great car nonetheless. Jane

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  • janezarifis Jan 05, 2009

    Guru, Thanks for your input...But I did say I have warranty on the alternator, but still cost $100-130 for labor each time. Can I get another opinion like why ??? Jane

  • janezarifis Jan 06, 2009

    Well,no ...Would you like to hear that there's a weakness in your car and once a year you will replace the alternator???

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Hello,

Jane these sentras are great cars its not a default of the car or Nissan you either keep getting bad altenators rebuilt badly but if it was me with my own car i would check the pulley system thats what would run the altenator the ac pump all of that lots of times the tensioners will go bad and then you will slowly notice the altenator going bad and your headlights slowly getting dimmer until 1 day its just no good anymore... I ran a garage for 6 years and ive owned a sentra also it was a great car and i had to replace my own altenator but only once, thats why im telling you have your belt and tensioner checked before you get anymore altenators and then if they are fine which i doubt just go for the new altenator. If you have anymore questions just let me know id be glad to help you out whenever i can..

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    steve albertson Jan 05, 2009

    Well thats what i was saying there are idler pulleys they are belt tensionsers if it goes bad it does not put the right tension on the belt that runs the altenator so it would ruin your altenator also it would give you ac pump problems like you said parts and labor its a hundred dollar fix for you to not have altenator problems nomore...



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Yes it is the weakness in the nissan cars.but you can go on with the help of any professional and check out this for.

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Have heard of this in Sentra's Before, Seems to be a Common Problem. Make sure that you get the Warranty and you may not have to pay next Time.

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    Travis Humphries Jan 05, 2009

    Nobody has been able to figure this out as far as I know. Been doing Mechanic work for 35 Years.

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