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Buckle seat belt prior to starting.. and see if it still does it ? Another issue may be an ABS or Engine Fault Light or Air bag system (fault warning).. ie.: a stored code in the computer the vehicle is tiring to alert you exists...
www.civinfo.com > ... > Bugs, faults and irritations Feb 12, 2012 - 18 posts - 5 authors
Airbag light. ABS ALSO - the speedometer, rev counter and engine temp ... 30 mins driving (apart from engine management light which stays on). ... I have ruled out problems with the alternator and the relays - they're all fine.
No hot air will be the thermostat very common on these cars and not an nice job to do either.
Abs light will most likely be a sensor to the brakes they have 4, you can clean these up and it sometimes resets the light, but not always, these are attached to the callipers and easy to remove.
Air bag lights are very random, you will have to get it turned off by a garage, they just come on for no reason it seems. you can check the air bag sensors but to be honest it's not worth the hassle as like I say they just randomly come on.
You can drive without the ABS, and you will still have a functional brake system. You will NOT have the added safety of the ABS that can helps avoid skidding when the brakes are applied. It's your call (kind of like driving with seat belts but no air bags), unless your state requires functioning ABS to pass inspection. But get the tail lights working before you get rear-ended.
If the air bag light is flashing- that means there is problem with your SRS air bag system. It stored a code in the computer and wont turn off untill the problem is fixed or cleared manualy with a scan tool- note if you choose to clear the code and turn off the light with a scan tool- if the problem with the system is still there the computer in your car will notice it and store another code and the light will come right back on. also Note that if the air bag light or SRS light is on while driving that system is shut down and your air bags WILL NOT go off if you get into an accident. (the same rules apply if your ABS- anti lock brake light is on- the ABS system will not work) the most common problem with the Altimas and air bag codes are the clock spring assembly located behind your steering wheel- (not the air bag itself on the steering wheel) but there is a round thing that turns with a wire connected to it. you have to remove the steering wheel to service. Best bet - go somewhere that has a scan tool and read what code the computer stored. It will tell you what part of the system has the problem.
kenchyke, the shop may have disabled the air bag system to work on the car, and possibly forgot to activate it again. While this seems a bit odd to me that they could overlook this but, since it started after the work was done, you need to return it to the shop asap to have them check it out. Although the car runs fine, the abs system and the air bags won't operate, which could result in injury if you are in an accident (air bag will not deploy, abs probably disconnected).