Question about 2008 Nissan Altima
Do the brake lights come on when you press the brake? If not the brake switch is bad. If they do, check your brake fluid. Ive heard of these Altimas having bad master brake cylinders. If your brakes(pads) are good and your fluid is really low, this may be your culprit. Should be covered under warranty.Let me know how you make out.
Posted on May 24, 2011
Question for wdreeves-I believe I have the same issue. I've actually had the brake signal replaced as it was bad. My altima experiences the same problem. I read your post. I know where the brake switch is located but was wondering if you could explain how u took the brake switch out. Does it just pop off thank yiu
Posted on Aug 06, 2014
My daughter's 2008 Altima had intermittent problems of not starting. Although she pushed the brake pedal, the brake light appeared on the instrument panel as though the brake pedal was not pushed. I took the car to the shop and although they couldn't replicate the problem, wanted $500 to replace the brake start switch activated by the brake pedal.
I decided to troubleshoot the problem myself and this is what I found to be the problem without spending an additional dime.
I took the brake switch out of its bracket and let it dangle freely. Since this is a "normally on" switch, you could then start the car without pushing the break.
The switch end that engages the bracket has a number of ridges that allow you to adjust the depth to which the switch is engaged by inserting the switch into the bracket and turning it 90 degrees to lock it in place. I engaged it to its fully engaged position and then backed it off about an eighth of an inch and tried to started the car. The car started without even pushing the brake so this indicated I had withdrawn the switch to far. I then inserted the switch about a sixteenth of an inch from bring fully engaged and it has worked perfectly ever since. Apparently the switch failed intermittently because the position of the switch was on the edge of working/not working and was probably affected by the amount the brake pedal could be pushed and was variable based on the buildup of hydraulic pressure on the brake system.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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