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Nissan Altima Starting Issues
My wife and I went to see some friend at a campground and drove about 1 1/2 hours to arrive there. The car (2008 Altima 2.5 SL) operated very well and fuel economy was about 34.3 MPG. After we arrived, we unloaded the car and being a rather warm day, I used the key fob to lower the two front windows about half way from inside their fifth wheel. When we decided to go for a boat ride I set all windows at about 1 1/2 " open to dissipate and reduce some of the heat buildup. We were gone about three hours, came back to the fifth wheel, ate a great steak and by that time we were ready to turn in. Elapsed time was about five hours. I went to the car to close the windows and no chimes, no lights, no nothing. Start button blinked on and off about every thirty seconds and yes, this was indeed the start button. Brake pedal was hard and all lights were out. Door locks would not work nor would the auto opener on the trunk. This thing was dead. A small bit of panic set in and after being consoled by a cold one, I was convinced to wait until morning. Morning came and a call was made to 1-800 NISSAN-1and I must say, everything went well from then on. Arrangements were made for a tow and the car went to the nearest Nissan dealer who kept the car for about four hours. I was lucky he did the preliminary work as he was up to his eyeballs in other cars. We went out to eat, came back and was told the battery was dead and was presently being charged. Somehow, in some way the start button had been pushed and without a foot on the brake the car would not start. Nobody noticed this at the time as there is no audible or visual warning that something bad had occured. I was lucky in that I lost only a minimal of information. Even my garage door openers worked. It could have been worse.
The entire "fix" operation lasted a short time and I was happy with the outcome and happy with Nissan's procedures. I intend to be a lot more careful, if it was indeed me that perpetrated the deed, around that little button as it can cause one to head for the refreshments if things go south. This is just an FYI and I hope it may help others.