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Old 10-30-2018, 12:30 AM
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Hi all!

I just picked up a 2002 I35 with 139k kms (86k miles) a couple days ago! Very excited because I had a 1997 I30 as my first car a couple years ago when I was 17 and it served me flawlessly... at least until frame rust killed it. As well as rodents. As well as bees starting to build hives in the door jams (I'm still confused as to how this happened).


Unfortunately, on the drive home the CEL came on and with my scanner tool, it showed code P0138. After some quick Google searches it pointed towards an O2 sensor going kaput.

More so, as I was going home tonight, the Emergency Brake light and the Battery light randomly flickered on and off as I tried to accelerate. I pulled over, turned the car on and off again, and tried to drive again, but the same two lights flickered again. I revved the engine to about 2500 rpm and a couple other lights flashed briefly as well, including the VDS light, and SLIP light, and a couple others I forgot.

Limped the car home after, and now it is going to be sitting in my driveway until I figure out what is wrong. Some posts here are leading me to think it is the alternator dying? Any advice helps!

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Old 10-30-2018, 09:12 AM
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Yup, definitely sounds like the alternator
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Flashing brake and battery lights = failing alternator. Test it and confirm prior to replacement.
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Flashing brake and battery lights = failing alternator. Test it and confirm prior to replacement.
what voltages should it be reading? thanks !
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what voltages should it be reading? thanks !
Take your voltmeter and measure the voltages:
1 - battery voltage when the engine is not running. Should be between 12.5 and 13.2 volts.
2 - voltage when the engine is running at idle. Should be between 13.5 and 14.3. If not, then you have a bad alternator.
3 - voltage with engine running at idle, turn on every electrical device - headlights, bright lights, hazard flasher, air conditioner with fan on high speed, rear window defroster, radio - all at the same time. Voltage reading should be between 13.5 and 14.3 volts. If not, then you have a bad alternator.
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Hi all!

I just picked up a 2002 I35 with 139k kms (86k miles) a couple days ago! Very excited because I had a 1997 I30 as my first car a couple years ago when I was 17 and it served me flawlessly... at least until frame rust killed it. As well as rodents. As well as bees starting to build hives in the door jams (I'm still confused as to how this happened).


Unfortunately, on the drive home the CEL came on and with my scanner tool, it showed code P0138. After some quick Google searches it pointed towards an O2 sensor going kaput.

More so, as I was going home tonight, the Emergency Brake light and the Battery light randomly flickered on and off as I tried to accelerate. I pulled over, turned the car on and off again, and tried to drive again, but the same two lights flickered again. I revved the engine to about 2500 rpm and a couple other lights flashed briefly as well, including the VDS light, and SLIP light, and a couple others I forgot.

Limped the car home after, and now it is going to be sitting in my driveway until I figure out what is wrong. Some posts here are leading me to think it is the alternator dying? Any advice helps!

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Posting a picture of my old I30 right after I took the insurance off of it as well because I miss it so much
My car is identical to yours with a spoiler.. My car showed these symptoms when the alternator went ,just got it replaced.. How much did you pay for this car? mine is an 02 as well
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My car is identical to yours with a spoiler.. My car showed these symptoms when the alternator went ,just got it replaced.. How much did you pay for this car? mine is an 02 as well
Aren't they just beautiful cars??
I paid $3500 CAD for the 02, and $1700 CAD for the 97!
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Take your voltmeter and measure the voltages:
1 - battery voltage when the engine is not running. Should be between 12.5 and 13.2 volts.
2 - voltage when the engine is running at idle. Should be between 13.5 and 14.3. If not, then you have a bad alternator.
3 - voltage with engine running at idle, turn on every electrical device - headlights, bright lights, hazard flasher, air conditioner with fan on high speed, rear window defroster, radio - all at the same time. Voltage reading should be between 13.5 and 14.3 volts. If not, then you have a bad alternator.
Thank you so much Wizard!!
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Aren't they just beautiful cars??
I paid $3500 CAD for the 02, and $1700 CAD for the 97!
Beautiful they are, I give them that.. But we have the sport's rims which look nice, but feel horrible according to people who have the base or luxury model..3500 For those miles isn't that bad, but It wouldn't surprise if the people who sold you that car knew the alt was going out.. Does yours ride kind of rough as well?
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Beautiful they are, I give them that.. But we have the sport's rims which look nice, but feel horrible according to people who have the base or luxury model..3500 For those miles isn't that bad, but It wouldn't surprise if the people who sold you that car knew the alt was going out.. Does yours ride kind of rough as well?
Maybe they just wanted to get rid of it so they wouldn’t have to fix it haha
it does ride kind of rough! It seems the tie rod ends are shot because the steering wheel judders a bit on jumps.
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Wow Zonda great find with that insanely low mileage!
Your story sounds like a carbon copy of mine-- I had a 99 Maxima that I put 400k miles on and sold a couple weeks ago, then yesterday I picked up a 2002 I35 with about 157k miles on it. I thought I got a good deal but after fixing some items I'll be out what you spent on yours with twice the mileage

C'est la vie!

P.S. I also have the shudder up front when I accelerate... my thought is bad tie rods, perhaps control arm bushings.
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