Car runs like a dream - 200K miles but runs like new. Only problem has been the alternator. No warning, running perfectly when I cut it off and then when I crank it again, the parking brake light shows even though it has been released, the battery light flashes, lights brighten when accelerating and dim when slowing down. If I cut the lights, it appears to run fine. However, history tells me it won't last long. Mechanic (2 different ones, both very reputable and one is a personal friend) that has replaced the alternators for me cannot find a reason that the new one only last about a year. Have used remanufactured and new replacements. No difference - they still die. Help! I love my Maxima!
Hey! I have a 97 Maxima SE and it runs great too! I have been through 4 alternators in 12 years....3 in the first 5 and finally one for the last 7. Make sure you have a new- Nissan part specific alternator. And, make sure your battery is not weak nor small for your car size. Hope this helps!
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for some reason it is not charging the battery, I would say alternator(take it to an auto parts store and they can check it out for free) but since it is new does not mean good. The only other thing is that the belt(s) are loose. I hope this helped Tim
Hi there, I am a girl (i.e. not car savvy), but I have a 1998 Altima as well, and the first time (4 months ago) I noticed the brake and battery lights on simultaneously, I took it to a Nissan service shop. Everything seemed fine until about a month ago when the symptoms returned. I ignored the problem for 3 days and the car just stopped running, period. Took it back to the shop, figured out it was a fauly alternator, got it sorted, no problem. Today (1 month after replacement), I see the same bloody problem, and I'm taking it back to the shop in the morning. I am wondering... is it the alternator, or something connected to the alternator that is malfunctioning? The 2 alternators put in were "rebuilt" since they didn't have genuine Nissan alternators available. I really hope the dealers aren't taking me for a merry ride.
Make sure the battery is good and fully charged . You will get the code if the battery is bad on the transmission.Check the ground wire from the engine to the frame of car. Must have a good one. Check to see if the battery cable is getting hot. The gauge inside the car could also be bad. A few things you should look at
Change oil every 3000 miles. Use 5w-30 weight.I would use syntetic oil base. I found on mine it runs quiter and smoother, better for the car also in the long run Buy it at a local auto part store..do not go crazy on the brands if you will change oil every 3k miles. If you want to go longer get the Mobil-1 syntetic for the 15k miles..but do it yourself..you will save tons. Every 12k miles change the air filter, very easy. Undo the clips , there are four of them and pull out the old and place the new one..five minutes operation ( $12.00) you can do the oil yourself also..10 minutes ( $13 ) . Spark plugs and rotor and distributor cap change every 30k miles, along with the fuel filter. Every 60k , I would change the spark plug wires ( 85 dollars) seems expensive , but you will definetly see a big difference in starting up the car,idle speed and performance as a whole....worth every penny.Timing belt change every 60k miles..do not take a chance on this one...it could be expensive if it breaks...not expensive (30 dollar part) and relatively easy..but have a mechanic or someone you trust. While you are there change the other belt, power steering and alternator belt( i think ) .You do this the car will drive for 200k miles without any problems
look inside all wheels and under car for break fluid, you may have a wheel cyl.leaking or a busted break line, or the resavor may have got low enought to trigger the light. if no visable signs of fluid leaks, take it to a local auto parts store and have them hook there scanner up and turn your break light off for you (unless you can disconnect battery to erase the break light i don't know). you may have just triggered the switch for (to low fluid.)
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.
Has anyone looked at the connectors to the alternator? I remember these types of stories from work, alternator after alternator, found 2 things to be the problem, one is the connector to the alternator was defective, makes a poor connection and destroys the new alternator, the other is very poor quality rebuilds from Kragen, Auto Zone and the like, use a factory rebuild, they cost more but they are just as good as a new one.