Luckily, he escaped without injury. First, is it the factory Nissan radio or not? There is a retaining hook built into the light and a latch on top of the receptacle you must loosen to free it. Luckily, I was able to drive for about 3 hrs on the battery alone. I remember these types of stories from work, alternator after alternator, found 2 things to be the problem, one is the connector to the alternator was defective, makes a poor connection and destroys the new alternator, the other is very poor quality rebuilds from Kragen, Auto Zone and the like, use a factory rebuild, they cost more but they are just as good as a new one. Put the new one in place but this time use the bottom bolt first, do not tight it completely, than put the belt on the pulley and use the top bolt. Once the ring is loose, the assembly will fall out easily.
Just fix it by replacing the thermostat! You will need to tight the bottom bolt, than pull the alternator with some bar but gentle to get the belt tight, hold it and than tight the top bolt. If you can squeeze under your dash to where your pedal is, there is a stopper bar behind the pedal that can be adjusted by first loosening the washer that holds it in place and then turning the bolt until you get the pedal where you wish it to be. Get the alternator charging rate tested, your mechanic should have tested it in the first place. There is a recall for 1997-1999 Nissan Maximas due to a defect in their alternators that caused them to catch fire. My son was driving his 1996 Maxima when the alternator caught fire. I remember these types of stories from work, alternator after alternator, found 2 things to be the problem, one is the connector to the alternator was defective, makes a poor connection and destroys the new alternator, the other is very poor quality rebuilds from Kragen, Auto Zone and the like, use a factory rebuild, they cost more but they are just as good as a new one.
The best way to check for a charge is with a machine that detects the charging system is operational Jun 21, 2009 Has anyone looked at the connectors to the alternator? A thermostat is cheap, and easy to replace three bolts and about a half litre of coolant - I pumped the coolant from the top of the radiator, and didn't spill a drop when the thermostat housing was removed. Raise the car, use jack stands. And have most recently had to replace a brand new alternator because it, too, was defective. The idle speed could be low. I presume the lights come on at idle.
Do you have an aftermarket cd player? I've gone through 4 batteries in 3 years because of bad products. Unfortunately, they chose to look at it strictly as a warranty issue. I would find an auto parts store that does free electrical system checks before spending a dime elsewhere. They could be using more than what the alternator can produce. My mechanic tested the battery and he said that was the problem and the alternator was fine. The alt should now fall free you may have to nudge it free. Engine Mechanical problem 1996 Nissan Maxima 6 cyl Automatic 183524 miles Hey guys im wondering if im having a problem with the alternator.
Remove the wheel and the inspection plate behind it. As your breaks wear down, the level in your break resivor will drop. Remove the under car cover, alternator will be exposed. The needle should get to just below half way in 2 or 3 minutes. This has to be rotated counter-clockwise to loosen the fixture first. Sure enough, as the engine temperature reached about 50C, the glow plugs turned off. Details about the recall are below.
Not bad when everyone else wanted… Working on a 2000 myself. Have your alternator checked for free before you are stranded. Start by removing the Air conditioning unit. If the thermostat is stuck open, then the engine does not get up to temperature. Do you have clocks that stay on all the time or anything like that? Oct 27, 2015 This is a real warning. I have not changed my alternator for quite sometime and I have a feeling thats the problem. Be sure to protect yourself with jackstands and rear wheel chocks.
I did not say this was a simple job. The next person who experiences a car fire due to a faulty alternator may not be as lucky as my son. Consequence: If the combustible gas emitted by the melting plastic does not disperse due to air flow through the engine compartment, it could ignite and in turn ignite the fan guide in the alternator. If you have any power sapping accessories, get them checked out as well. It stands to reason, if this part was in my son's car, it is also in other 1996 Maximas.
If factory Nissan radio,1 pry up the trim around shifter. It also holds bracket to engine. This can eventually result in failure of the diode and an electrical short which could melt the plastic housing. Undo the belt and unbolt the tensioner itself and remove it to get it out of the way. Although his car was not included in the recall, clearly the part that started the fire is the same and it is the part that ignited the fire. Just because they're new doesn't mean that they work. Hi latinboy909, Thank you for the donation.