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2001 Nissan Altima - Instrument panels gauges stop working

When driving along, My instrument panel gauges go out. Gas, Speedodometer, Tach, and Temp gauge. Than I loose engine power. However, everything will come back to normal. I have read many compliants for the 01 Altima for this issue on the internet. However, I haven't seen the resolution. 102,000 miles on the car and it runs great until this problem shows itself. I have a 2000 Pathfinder SE that does the same thing. I am a bit nervous about it because it sometimes has an electrical overheating odor. Why isn't there a recall on this!!!???!!!

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I'm going to offer you real good advice, obviously your not a technician, this job is not for your weekend mechanic, diagnostics is the key to your electrical problem, you need to know about using a DVOM so you can find where the short is, I've seen this problem before in a nissan, it turned out after chasing wires for 5 hours that a key wire in back of the fuse box was loose, causing an intermitent vehicle stalling and shutting down-horrible problem to have I know. FIX??? Yeah you can get a manual and look up the wiring schematics for your vehicle, then perform an ohms test on every wire that could possibly effect your problem, check your computer, see if it smells internally like electrical burning, But I recomend a trained mechanic- job cost?? well the problem is we dont know how many hours its gonna take to find that short, then how to repair the problem is another problem, this can be a costly repair, or it could be very simple unless I was actually on the vehicle I could give you an exact price, pick a mechanic thats trust worthy and known hope it helps

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