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Old 01-12-2019, 02:55 PM
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Losing power while driving, dash lights flashing

I have a 02í Nissan Maxima GLE 3.5L. When Iím driving the car will randomly lose power no longer letting me accelerate, engine is still running. The rpms then go up and down by its self like itís trying to move but something electrical seems to be stopping it. My ABS and Traction Control light will flash while this is happening. Most of the time it will continue to do this until I pull over and turn off the car. After letting it sit for several minutes it would start up and run fine. It seems to do it randomly. Before all this started happening a few months ago I had the alternator replaced with a rebuilt one ordered from a local auto part store. As time has passed this problem has gotten worse and does it almost immediately after starting the car. The battery died and would no long hold charge so I had it replaced. Battery hasnít died since but Still having the same problem. It will sometimes do this while in park and the rpms just go up and down and every time it goes up the abs and trs light come on and when the rpms drop the lights cut out.

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any pending codes?
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Old 01-12-2019, 05:17 PM
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Your alternator is bad. You need to get an OEM one from the dealer. I had this same problem on 2 previous Maxima's, the AutoZone and O'Reilly ones are no good. My first one in my 97 Maxima lasted about 2 weeks, the on in my 2003 only lasted 3 days before my dash lit up like a Christmas tree.
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Your alternator is bad. You need to get an OEM one from the dealer. I had this same problem on 2 previous Maxima's, the AutoZone and O'Reilly ones are no good. My first one in my 97 Maxima lasted about 2 weeks, the on in my 2003 only lasted 3 days before my dash lit up like a Christmas tree.
ECU should throw overvoltage code, then it goes into limp mode. Yes, anything from junkozone is a waste of time.
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Alternators from a box store are likely to be bad. Find a well rated local starter/alternator repair shop. Always rebuild your original alternator or starter.
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i got my reman alternator from a Nissan Dealership. its been good for 4 years.
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+1 Alternator

My bro 5.5 auto did the same thing to us when he was driving it on the freeway. Luckily there was not a lot of cars at the time. He also had a VAFC2 connected, so I changed a few settings to display battery volt and it showed a low 10.xx volts so I immediately assumed Alternator since battery was low and car didn't have enough juice to supply all the damn electrical sensors including pedal, throttle body, etc.


AAA was going to take 6 hours before we could get a tow, so we had a friend pick us up and I had a used alternator from a 5.5 partout. Installed alternator in a gas station parking lot and got a jump start and all has been good since.
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