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Old 06-30-2014, 07:57 PM
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Car battery keeps dying, is it battery or alternator?

My 2007 maxima has 171,00 miles. I bought it in Dec 2012 with 39,000 miles. After a few thousand miles the battery had to be replaced. Now a couple of years later I have had to jump start my car twice in the last few days. It wont seem to hold a charge. Is there a way I can tell if its the battery or the alternator? Thanks guys!
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You can bring it to a parts store like autozone or advanced and they can come out and test it for you to see if your battery isnt holding a charge.

If its after a few days that your battery keeps dying after being jumped, it sounds like your battery cause if your alternator wasn't charging it, it would die within hours.
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130,000 miles in a year and a half??????
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Like suggested have an autoparts store test everything. My second battery only lasted half the advertised life.
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:57 PM
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check your ground to frame/transmission wire.
Mine was corroded and causing a slow resistive leak, and batteries would not last because they would feeeze because of the low charge.

No more issues now.

Have your battery tested, and check your ground.
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Old 07-01-2014, 05:58 AM
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Yep I commute alot in the northeast, about 50,000 miles a year. Im going to have the battery tested today and will let you know. Thanks for the replies guys!
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Thanks for the replies, ended up being a bad battery
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It's not a bad idea to have the alternator tested as well; a bad battery can severely shorten the lifespan of an alternator.
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Yep nissan tested alternator also. All good
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Old 07-06-2014, 04:06 PM
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how was the ground to frame/transmission cable? I started getting dead batteries when mine went bad. Replaced it, and then a new battery, and all good now. I also added a ground kit just in case and to make sure I would not have any more issues with that ever.
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Originally Posted by jmcman13 View Post
My 2007 maxima has 171,00 miles. I bought it in Dec 2012 with 39,000 miles. After a few thousand miles the battery had to be replaced. Now a couple of years later I have had to jump start my car twice in the last few days. It wont seem to hold a charge. Is there a way I can tell if its the battery or the alternator? Thanks guys!
Your telling me you bought it in 2012 with 39k and now you're at 171k miles?! I bought mine last year 01 Max came with 91k miles and I'm only at 112k miles...

You must commute allot lol
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:36 AM
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Take the bat terminals off, sand them down or clean them up with baking soda, crank those suckers down like the ****ens, as tight as you can get them without stripping anything. works 95% of the time with fairly new batteries.

I've always had my terminals barely hanging on in my other cars with no problems, but my max needs them TIGHT as hell or else it will drain overnight. Im serious tighten them down with some muscle. if that doesn't work, look at your ground wire, if that is intact, you have a bad battery. This problem can be figured out very easily

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Old 12-31-2018, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by jmcman13 View Post
My 2007 maxima has 171,00 miles. I bought it in Dec 2012 with 39,000 miles. After a few thousand miles the battery had to be replaced. Now a couple of years later I have had to jump start my car twice in the last few days. It wont seem to hold a charge. Is there a way I can tell if its the battery or the alternator? Thanks guys!
Yes the best way to find out if the battery cells are good take it out take it to a parts store for testing. Once you see if your battery is good then the chances are your alternator is bad running the battery down and needs replaced.
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