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95 nissan pickup wont start

4 cyl 2x4 battery light on dash stays on constantly-will start with jump from another vehicle-will stay running until cables are removed then engine dies-battery is certainly not charged-after cables are removed and engine dies has no electrical power at all-does anyone know about alternator diode?-I dont want to replace alternator if it is just the diode

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  • daili151 Mar 03, 2009

    have not swapped battery-had to replace it once before but that time the battery indicator on dash did not come on-so that is why I was leaning towards the alternator

  • caskenne3 Mar 30, 2009

    i have 1997 2wd nissan truck it started acting like the alternator, was not charging the battery so i had it tested an the test showed i had a bad cell in the battery so i put a new battery in and checked it again and it said the alternator was not charging the battery so i replaced the alternator and it drove fine to work and back and then it cut off on me and had to get pushed started and it cut off on me again on the way home it is like the alternator is not charging the battery any one have any ideas need your help thanks

  • Jay Glendenning
    Jay Glendenning May 11, 2010

    Have you tried just swapping another battery first?

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Start the engine, and remove the positive cable from the battery, if it stays running your alternator is most likely o.k. because the engine stays running from alternator current once it starts.
I have had 5 of these trucks 1994 to 1997 and I have had to replace many batterys and alternators, and I have even gotten new alternators where the current was not strong enough, that will make the battery light stay on sometimes also.

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But because you can start the vehicle with a jump .. you don't use the alternator to start the vehicle and it stays running means that there is least a problem with the battery. Have the battery tested to see if it will at least hold a charge .. then go for the alternator

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If u cant find any info about the diode try a used alternator should b cheap fix

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Sounds like real dirty connections or broken wire somewhere try cleaning first

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