In my 1998 Altima, the dash lights came on while i was pulling in to
park after driving to the store and the radio shut off and the car
stopped. I was able to start it up immediately and it ran just fine, until it
partly happened again two days later the dash lights came on and the
radio shut off but the car just hesitated but didn't stop. After that
time the power windows were difficult to roll up but I haven't
encountered any issues since ( I have also stopped driving with my
radio and air on, however). Is the car safe to continue driving for
long distances? What could be happening?
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Re: Car dies intermittently
THIS ONE IS EASY. CHECK YOUR BATTERY TERMINALS AND CABLES THAT THEY ARE TIGHT. IF THEY ARE, YOUR BATTERY MAY NEED CHARGING OR YOUR ALTERNATOR IS NOT CHARGING YOUR SYSTEM THAT WELL. I WOULDNT DRIVE LONG DISTANCES UNLESS I HAD THAT CHECKED.
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The headlight switch could be damaged but to disconnect the radio first as some radios that did'nt come with the car may be connected wrong and power is going from the power wire at the radio to the dash light circuirt feeding thouth it to the regular lights. pulling the cig lighter fuse solves the problem points you to this answer.
ok the nissan altima has the same engine as any nissan 240sx from 92+
its a ka24de engine 2.4liter dual over head cam so if they cant find anything under the altima tell em to check a nissan 240sx of the same year.
as far as the car dieing it could be a few things idle air control valve clogged pcv valve wich is stupid hard to replace i have a 95 altima your almost better off pulling out the entire engine. and other things sorry. I cant assist with your main problem but thought id drop some advice.
If the battery and alternator tested fine. I would have the charging system rechecked when engine is hot and at high rpm's. This way the checks are being done as if you were driving and driving for a long time. Alternators can work fine when cold but weaken when hot or stop working. This problem is not rare but only is seen occassionly. Unless it was checked at an electrical shop the average shop doesn't run these tests for they don't see the problem often enough to automaticly run them at all times. Good luck and let me know how you make out.
It sounds like your battery has had it! IF you can jump start it, try to go to a battery store or a service garage to have your battery and alternator checked. If no other warning lights were previously on, it is possible that the battery just up and died. Otherwise, I would suspect the alternator.
Also, make sure teh parking brake is NOT engaged while driving.
The first step I recomend for try to fix your car is:
Get the car Scanned for see if there any present CODE.
The code help to have IDEA where or what is the problem.
If you don't want to spend money,
Go to ADVANCE Autoparts, Auto zone autoparts and some of the NAPA's Autopart, they make Computer diagnostic with out charge for that is only a free service.
If they don't found any code. I RECOMEND
Replace the FUEL PUMP Realy. "(MAIN RELAY)."
Because is one of the 90% of the problem with shutdown or non starting conditions.
The relay is located under the left side of the dash. The relay
Is bigger than a regular relay. colour gray. You can get at any autoparts.
OK... I hope this help to start diagnostic your car.
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