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!!!???!!!
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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Possibly the intake air temperature sensor or the engine coolant temp sensor are stuck at full hot. The computer will schedule too little fuel--especially with the engine cold and you'll have very little power until the engine actually gets closer in temp to the stuck sensor. The engine coolant temp sensor sends signals to the computer NOT to your temperature gauge on the instrument panel. That is a different sender. So your coolant temp gauge on the instrument panel may show normal.
Since you just bought the car, I thought that you might not be aware of the instrument lighting control. I apologize if you know this: The dial on the dashboard to the left of the instrument panel controls the brightness of the instrument panel lights. Turn the dial to adjust the brightness. To reduce glare at night, the fuel and temperature gauges dim when you turn on the parking lights or headlights. You then adjust their brightness when you adjust the instrument panel brightness. Turn the dial up as far as it will go to return the fuel and temperature gauges to their daytime brightness.
Hope it's that simple.
pull instrument panel out and check to make sure connector at top of instrument panel is tight -- if not plug it in...if ok; internal problem to instrument panel...will need to either then get a new or refurbished one...gm dealership should be able to help you with that.
Its very common on a lot of cars, the instrument cluster has a number of connectors soldered onto the circuit board, the solder joints get loose or are bad to begin with and you will get these kinds of intermittent display issues. They are a pain to fix because the entire cluster has to be removed, just to solder the joints! The soldering is the easy part, re/re of the unit is the real pain. If you go through the trouble make sure you also inspect every solder joint on the board while its out..you don't want to do it a second time!
Remove fasteners holding steering wheel column as outlined in Section 11-04 . Gently lower steering column.
Remove fasteners holding the instrument panel finish panel (044D70) and gently pry off.
Remove four instrument cluster retaining screws. (Do not remove screws from the instrument cluster main lens (10887) and instrument cluster mask (10890) ).
Slide the instrument cluster (10849) to the right of the instrument panel opening and unhook the instrument panel harness from the back of the instrument cluster .
Remove the instrument cluster from the instrument panel (04320) .
Federal law requires that the odometer in any replacement speedometer (17255) must register the same mileage as that registered in the removed speedometer . Since the speedometer mileage cannot be reset on this unit, affix odometer sticker to driver's door pillar and record original vehicle mileage. Removal
Disconnect battery ground cable (14301) .
Remove the instrument cluster (10849) as outlined.
Remove seven screws retaining the instrument cluster mask (10890) and instrument cluster main lens (10887) .
Remove speedometer assembly.
Position the speedometer assembly to the instrument cluster back plate (10848) and install.
Position the instrument cluster mask and instrument cluster main lens to the instrument cluster back plate and install the seven retaining screws.
Install the instrument cluster as outlined.
Connect battery ground cable and check the operation of the speedometer .
My 2001 Altima's instrument gauges die out after high-speed driving for 40-50 miles. Engen also loses power. Everything is back to normal when the car cools down. It turned out the ingition relay was bad. I could duplicate the problem right away by removing the relay. Actually, it is very easy to find the relay which is located above the fuse panel. The ignition relay is the bottom left one among the five relays there. It costs only $20.