1999 Altima GXE Ignition Question

Tiny
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The mileage of my car is 120K. The engine size is 2.4 liter.

I started having trouble with my ignition switch a few months ago. It was not going completely off when turning the car off with the key, and pulling the key out. I found that out the hard way when the first time it happened, and killed my battery. From then on, I made sure to turn the key hard to the left, and made sure all the dash lights went out. Yesterday, I was on my way home, and the car started to stall, then go back on.I got it home, but some of the dash lights were still on. The air bag, the brake, and the battery light. My battery is brand new. I have regular power to the car. So, my educated guess is the ignition switch.

My question is, how do I remove and install a new one?

Thanks Much,

D. Hernandez
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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 AT 12:22 PM

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Tiny
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In some cases Its not that easy,
you have to remove the steering wheel.
You should have a steering wheel pulley.

Inside you find an a screw "lock" that its locking the switch also you have to disconnect the battery to prevent that the engine "start" when doing the replacement.

You have to have some skills on mechanic.
Not to much but the basics.

Also the package of the switch have some instructions to follow.

Let us know how are you doing it!
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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 AT 7:59 PM
Tiny
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In some cases Its not that easy,
you have to remove the steering wheel.
You should have a steering wheel pulley.

Inside you find an a screw "lock" that its locking the switch also you have to disconnect the battery to prevent that the engine "start" when doing the replacement.

You have to have some skills on mechanic.
Not to much but the basics.

Also the package of the switch have some instructions to follow.

Let us know how are you doing it![/Quote:342f0ef8b8]

I just got some bad news about my problem possibly NOT being the ignition switch, but rather an electrical problem in the engine. Well, I'm really confused now. I don't think I'll be trying to replace the ignition switch even it that were the problem. I don't have the tools, and I'm worried about the airbag.
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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 AT 8:15 PM
Tiny
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Its an airbag equipped?
Wao!
Well that change everything.

What is wrong with the electrical?
What do you found?
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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 AT 8:40 PM
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I can only tell you what the symptoms are. On my way home, my dash lights started coming on, and my car cut on and off. Barely made it home! Once in my garage, I turned off the car, then tried starting it again. Clicking noise. Few hours later, it started, barely, runs fine, but brake, air bag and brake lights stayed on. I have a brand new battery.
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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 AT 9:12 PM
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I can only tell you what the symptoms are. On my way home, my dash lights started coming on, and my car cut on and off. Barely made it home! Once in my garage, I turned off the car, then tried starting it again. Clicking noise. Few hours later, it started, barely, runs fine, but brake, air bag and brake lights stayed on. I have a brand new battery.[/Quote:bc88aef8af]

that could be a combination of issues:
First: your alternator probably its not charging the battery (brake and charge lights on) on the dashboard its the sign of it.
Second: everything runs on power: gas pump, ignition, computer lights etc etc. If the battery got "low" the engine "cuts-off"

check your alternator could be as simple as that!

Even with new battery. If the engine its not charging it. It can die in a matter of hours (less if its at night because of the lighting)

let us know we are her to help you!

Good luck!
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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 AT 9:57 PM
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I can only tell you what the symptoms are. On my way home, my dash lights started coming on, and my car cut on and off. Barely made it home! Once in my garage, I turned off the car, then tried starting it again. Clicking noise. Few hours later, it started, barely, runs fine, but brake, air bag and brake lights stayed on. I have a brand new battery.[/Quote:ea44558a88]

that could be a combination of issues:
First: your alternator probably its not charging the battery (brake and charge lights on) on the dashboard its the sign of it.
Second: everything runs on power: gas pump, ignition, computer lights etc etc. If the battery got "low" the engine "cuts-off"

check your alternator could be as simple as that!

Even with new battery. If the engine its not charging it. It can die in a matter of hours (less if its at night because of the lighting)

let us know we are her to help you!

Good luck![/Quote:ea44558a88]

In December of last year, my son replaced my alternator. The starter was never replaced, though. I"m wondering if a starter could cause these symptoms? We used a rebuilt alternator.

BTW. Thanks for keeping up with me here; I'm promising a donation, but I need to see what the cost of the repair will ultimately be; I'm financially challanged right now!
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Thursday, October 4th, 2007 AT 9:01 AM
Tiny
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I can only tell you what the symptoms are. On my way home, my dash lights started coming on, and my car cut on and off. Barely made it home! Once in my garage, I turned off the car, then tried starting it again. Clicking noise. Few hours later, it started, barely, runs fine, but brake, air bag and brake lights stayed on. I have a brand new battery.[/Quote:f12ba0b1eb]

that could be a combination of issues:
First: your alternator probably its not charging the battery (brake and charge lights on) on the dashboard its the sign of it.
Second: everything runs on power: gas pump, ignition, computer lights etc etc. If the battery got "low" the engine "cuts-off"

check your alternator could be as simple as that!

Even with new battery. If the engine its not charging it. It can die in a matter of hours (less if its at night because of the lighting)

let us know we are her to help you!

Good luck![/Quote:f12ba0b1eb]

In December of last year, my son replaced my alternator. The starter was never replaced, though. I"m wondering if a starter could cause these symptoms? We used a rebuilt alternator.

BTW. Thanks for keeping up with me here; I'm promising a donation, but I need to see what the cost of the repair will ultimately be; I'm financially challanged right now![/Quote:f12ba0b1eb]

No I don t think that the starter its causing that.

Any way. Check the alternator. Sometimes on the rebuilt-ones they re-use most of the parts, you never know with those alternators.

Good Luck!
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Thursday, October 4th, 2007 AT 2:22 PM
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I can only tell you what the symptoms are. On my way home, my dash lights started coming on, and my car cut on and off. Barely made it home! Once in my garage, I turned off the car, then tried starting it again. Clicking noise. Few hours later, it started, barely, runs fine, but brake, air bag and brake lights stayed on. I have a brand new battery.[/Quote:7f10b58a07]

that could be a combination of issues:
First: your alternator probably its not charging the battery (brake and charge lights on) on the dashboard its the sign of it.
Second: everything runs on power: gas pump, ignition, computer lights etc etc. If the battery got "low" the engine "cuts-off"

check your alternator could be as simple as that!

Even with new battery. If the engine its not charging it. It can die in a matter of hours (less if its at night because of the lighting)

let us know we are her to help you!

Good luck![/Quote:7f10b58a07]

In December of last year, my son replaced my alternator. The starter was never replaced, though. I"m wondering if a starter could cause these symptoms? We used a rebuilt alternator.

BTW. Thanks for keeping up with me here; I'm promising a donation, but I need to see what the cost of the repair will ultimately be; I'm financially challanged right now![/Quote:7f10b58a07]

No I don t think that the starter its causing that.

Any way. Check the alternator. Sometimes on the rebuilt-ones they re-use most of the parts, you never know with those alternators.

Good Luck![/Quote:7f10b58a07]

Ok, will do. I will let you know what happens!

Thanks Much!
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Thursday, October 4th, 2007 AT 6:13 PM

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