Question about 2000 Nissan Altima
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.
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.
Posted on Nov 13, 2009
I believe I might have the solution for this problem because I have a 2001 Nissan Altima with the same issue. Mine would start the problem usually at a cold state then could tap the panel after it warmed up and was fine ever since or maybe go off again and make engine putter, I guess going into a "safe mode" state!
I had numerous garages and dealership check out this issue....no luck except the dealership did say it was a bad connection in which I knew because of the "tap dash" type fix!
I finally took this into my own hands and tore apart instrument panel and saw that the dealership "rigged" the instrument connector(white) by stuffing a piece of cardboard so that it made a better/tighter connection. This was kind of a quick fix as it only made the pcb bend a different way slightly curing the problem. I wiggled plug and sometimes it seem to go out or maybe not! Well, I went a step further and took apart the panel(housing for the gauges) to physically look at the pcb board and noticed a transistor connector on lower section in center had cold solder joints....reflowed and all was well!!!
My guess is that it gets too hot and slowly becomes a cold joint!
Hope this helps as I am posting it on a few with same issue.
Posted on Jan 03, 2009
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
Posted on Feb 13, 2009
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