Nissian Complaint - Electrical prioblem with Nissian Altima

Review by dini5516 on 2010-06-04
MEMPHIS TN, TENNESSEE -- My 2006 Nissian Altima has an electrical problem that the service department will not address. I have had to have my car towed on three different occasions because it blew a fuse. A fuse was replaced (2.40 (but that only fix the problem to get my caar to change into drive, but they have nnot found what the problem that is causing it to short out. This has been a very frustrating issue, and I just want tmy catr fixed. I have lost all faith in Nissian, and once I get rid of this car I will never buy Nissian again.
I know that there is someone who can handle this problem, but they want to make money off of me changging me $39.82 to replace a fuse every time. The part was only 2.40 and the labor to replace this fuse was 30.00, and to make matters worse I paid more in a misc charge 4.05 that the part. This is a rip off. If you are going to charge this money you better make sure that the problem is solved.
Comments:3 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-06-04
Posted by MDSasquatch on 2010-06-04:
You might be able to fix this yourself, but it will come at a slight risk. Not all blown fuses are a result of a short, a fuse will also blow if the amps exceed the limit of the fuse. If you have added or modified any electrical systems in your car, you may have create the problem. This could include a new stereo, the addition of additional electronics (GPS, Satellite Radio, etc)

Get on down to your closest auto parts store and buy a pack of fuses, they are very easy to install. If you want someone to help you, go to an Auto Zone, they will show you how to remove and replace.

I will not and cannot condone replacing the fuse with a higher amp fuse; this will cause a very unsafe condition.
Posted by Pepper on 2010-06-04:
very good point.

Sometimes replacing a fuse does NOT fix the issue.

Fuses are in place as safety devices - as MDS said, they blow once the Amps go higher than what the fuse is rated for.

The thing is... what caused the amps to go too high may still be happening. I've had it happen myself.

I was working on a radio transceiver and it had a blown fuse on the front. But when I replaced the fuse it broke too. Found out one one of the ground wires was frayed where it was connected, and a single strand of wire was touching another circuit. fixed that and the system went back to normal.

So sometimes the fuses are warnings and not always the actual issue
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-06-04:
Fuses are a great warning sign that something may be wrong with your vehicle. On rare occasions, it can be attributed to spikes in volts/amps and replacing the fuse will do the trick. But often times, the fuse will continue to trip.

If you are not very mechanically inclined, you can spend countless hours wasting your time and money and still end up blowing a fuse! (pun actually intended) The best solution I can offer is to take it to a local dealership and they will perform what's called a "diagnostic". They generally run about $60-$80 in my state. That may seem pricey, but it will tell you EXACTLY where the problem is originating from. Don't misunderstand me, that is not what it costs to "fix" the problem, but only to "diagnose" it. If you have a repair/troubleshooting manual, they can usually walk you through that process and you can run your own diagnostic tests of sorts, but again, if you're mechanically DISinclined, which I gather from your post that you are, let the shop run the test. It'll save you money, heartache, and aggravation in the long run.

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