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Nissan Altima Brake Questions

lin928lin928 Posts: 3
Purchased car new and it has 35,000 miles on it. When I step on the brakes, the brake lights don't go on. Rear window light does work - tail lights work. Was recently close to getting rear-ended and this may be why. Checked fuse which is okay - is it possible that both lights went out simultaneously? Any help is appreciated as I know it will be dangerous to drive it at all this way.


  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    not only is it extreemly dangerous, it's illegal. cop catches you, might have the car towed and tell you to walk home. I'm no mechanic, but from past experience I'd say, that since its both not working, its probably an electrical problem. If it were just a bulb, I don't think you'd loose both of them. My guess (and nothing more than a guess) is that it might have something to do with the brake pedal. there's probably something on it that sets off the lights when the pedal is depressed and may be malfunctioning
  • lin928lin928 Posts: 3
    Thank you for your reply. I decided to have someone follow me to my mechanics in the morning. He replaced brake pads right before I was nearly hit from behind. I wonder if that had something to do with it. If not, I trust that he will give me an honest answer if he can figure it out.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Let us know what happens!
  • lin928lin928 Posts: 3
    Amazingly, the problem is fixed. I pressured my mechanic (not Nissan) to look at it this morning. I checked the switch under the brake pedal and it only lit up the light on the deck. Thanks to JD10013 for letting me know about that. Initially, the mechanic thought it might be the main connection located in the console which would have involved taking out the column, but it turned out to be two bad bulbs. It cost me $10 and 10 minutes. Having already replaced struts and tires and a recall for a sub-panel replacement, I am concerned about what's down the road now that the warranty is up. But, for now, I am happy that this was nothing serious. I am glad that I joined this forum too!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    We're glad to have you! Check out the list of other discussions in the Altima group. There are many others that may interest you. :)

    Glad to hear it was simple fix!
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    I glad I could be of some help. I wouldn't worry about "down the road". Nissan build a very high quality car, that is very reliable. shocks, tires and struts are usualy just a wear and tear thing, most cars need them eventualy. Especially if you drive on bad roads. and 1 recal is a lot less than most cars average. but congratulation on your $10 repair bill, always feels nice when that happens.
  • I just bought a 2007 Altima 2.5S with ABS.

    On a secluded patch of road I took it to 20-25 mph on dry pavement and stamped smartly on the brakes. The wheels lock and I leave rubber.

    I have had two service managers tell me that this is correct behavior. One told me that Nissan decided that under 30mph, you stop faster by not engaging the ABS and letting the tires slide.

    My '99 Mercury Mystique engages the ABS under these conditions.

    Does this make sense? I thought part of the point was to make the car steerable under hard braking at any speed.

    Traction control and dynamic stability control are unavailable for the I4 models. So what will happen if I need to stop quickly at 5mph in an icy parking lot or at low speeds on an icy road, will I be better off pumping the brakes?
  • Hey,

    Thats weird you are having your wheels lock up. I tried that once I never had a problem. My Nissan is a 2007 Altima, my problem is with the brakes. When I brake on slope or when I pull into a parking lot, there's a loud squeal. took it to the dealer twice and they are saying its not the brake. So, I am wondering if you came across the same situation. Now, I hear the squeal when I reverse. My 07 Altima is 2.5SL type.
  • I purchased this Altima back in January 07. Its about 10,000 Miles. Back in May I started hearing small squeal noise, whenever I brake for a red light or when I brake on a slope, or if I pull into a parking space etc. I took it to the dealer, they examined it and stated the brakes are fine no need to be replaced. I called Nissan, according to Nissan its a characteristic of the car. Has anyone come across the same problem, please let me know. Now, I hear squeal when I reverse . My Altima is a 2.5SL type. Can anyone help me?
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    Unless its a very loud squeel, Its probably normal. brake dust, dirt, even tiny rocks can get in there and cause them to make noise. It shouldn't be a loud noise though.
    Its not just a nissan thing either, any disk brake is prone to squeeling. Some do it, some don't.
  • bperkbperk Posts: 38
    My 06 altima with 20K miles on it started to have a slight squeek from the brakes (I am a heavy brake user, as my wife says). Also the front started to pulsate as i was braking. Your pads could be rubbing against the rotor if the caliper is not releasing correctly. Anyway, I replaced my rotors and pads (Raybestos Advanced Tech rotors and pro grade pads , from all for $150.00, installed them myself and my car is like new again. BTW, the brake job was a piece of cake. I followed the instructions from a source and the job went flawless. If i went to the dealer I would have got crappy OEM parts and a bill for $400.00.
  • bump4bump4 Posts: 3
    does your altima have a third brake light? and if so does it work ? if it works it's probaly your bulbs. if you replace your bulbs be sure not to touch them with your bare hands. this can cause the bulb to burn out quickly (natural oil deposits from the skin)...hope this helps
  • ken75ken75 Posts: 52
    Could someone please explain the Electronic Brake Force Distribution system that looks like a standard item on the 2008 Altima? I could find no reference to it on the standard or options list for the vehicle. Thank you
  • ken75ken75 Posts: 52
    I would like to expand on my post from 12/6. I am trying to find out if the Altima is equipped with a system like the Honda CR-V. I did not know about this system until I drove through the Rocky mountains in November. While descending down grades as much as 5%, I did not have to touch brake or accelerator as long as I was in cruise control. The vehicle stayed rock solid at 55mph. I must assume this has got to be some sort of automatic braking control and it sure was nice to have, especially in the mountains. Does this sound familiar to anyone and can you explain what it is and how it works. I had assumed that it would be the EBD system but as I read about it, it appears that the brake pedal must be depressed for activation. I ask this question here as my trust in the local Nissan dealer is waning. Thank you for your help.
  • I think the feature you are describing is part of the Cruise Control function, i.e. accelerating and decelerating as needed to maintain the car at a set speed. Both the Altima 96 and Accord 05 that I used to drive behaved exactly as you described for your CR-V.
    EBD I think is part of the ABS mechanism, at least in the 08 Altimas, to "electronically controls the braking force applied to each individual wheel, and therefore maximizes the braking force to ensure a maximum braking effectiveness" (quoting wikipedia). Nissan's literature describes the feature as "4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)."
  • ken75ken75 Posts: 52
    I just received the same information from my dealer when he just called me on a key fob issue. Strange how these things happen when you push them. He advised me that this is called "intelligent cruise" and does not come on the Altima but rather on the larger pick ups that need help when pulling a heavy load. Don't know how it works in that application, but it sure was smooth in the mountain passes. Thank you for the explanation. Now I get a chance to drive the car to the dealers and have some fun.
  • I have a 2007 Altima that I've had less than a year and it has only 11,000 miles on it. Recently the brakes have started squeaking horribly, almost every time I apply them. I just had the car into my dealer for inspection 2 weeks ago and I mentioned the problem to him. He came for a ride with me and of course it didn't really happen when he was in the car. Long story short, he said that the squeaking was normal to Nissan. When checked as part of the inspection, he said they had more than half like left. I'm really not happy with this at all, especially if that is true. Can anyone advise me on this problem? It's driving me to the point where I don't even want the car anymore.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    brake squeal is, for the most part, normal. excessive braking and dust/dirt between the pads and rotors are the most common cause. if it really bothers you, your best bet is to go out and buy some top $$$ ceramic pads and have them installed. They cost more, bout shouldn't squeak.
  • I have a 2006 Altima with almost 47,000 miles now. In that last month I've noticed that when I've been parked outside in really cold weather that my brake doesn't like to engage. The pedal won't go down therefore not applying the brake. If I jam my foot down once I recognize that this is happening I can get the the peddle to depress and the brakes to engage. Once the car is rolling and warmed up, I have no issues with the brakes. When I dropped my car off at the dealership today I met an owner of a 2002 Altima that seems to be having the exact same problem. Is anyone else having similar issues?
  • What was the result of your visit at the dealership? Were they able to fix the problem? I have a 2002 Altima and I have experienced this exact same issue (was surprised to check the forum and read someone describing as I would). I contacted the dealership yesterday and they said they have seen a few of these. The brake engages only partially at first and then it seems to "warm up" and work fine. My concern is that it will happen at an unfortunate time and I won't have the benefit of waiting for it to "warm up." The dealership said that they would check it out for me as soon as I could bring the car in.
  • They called and said they couldn't re-create the problem. Did you have any better luck?
  • I haven't taken it in yet. The service person that I talked to said he had heard of a couple of these already. He said it possibly had something to do with a valve that gets wet and freezes...Sounds to me like a problem in the design. I'm going to take it into the dealer for "documentation" sake and keep researching the situation.
  • I talked with the service manager yesterday and they were able to replicate the problem. He said in their educated opinion it was the Vacuum Check Valve that keeps pressure in to the booster cylinder. I also received the same explanation that it's moisture in the air that collects and freezes as opposed to slush from the street getting on to the valve and freezing.
  • jjk20jjk20 Posts: 13
    I am trying to find out if the '08 Altima SE 3.5 comes standard with "brake assist"? Edmunds' comparison page of features lists it as standard but it is not listed in the Altima brochure and it is not listed on the car's window sticker. I called the Nissan consumer affairs # but they do not see it listed.
    Does anyone know? Thank you!
  • grumpfishgrumpfish Posts: 19
    I have an 07 Altima with 22k and some change miles. I started off to work and noticed that the brake lamp was on. The first chance I got I pulled over, turned off the car and resumed my long drive to work. A few minutes later the light turned off. On the way home the light did not come on again and when I eventually made it home, I looked at the fluid level which was exactly b/w Min/Max, so it wasn't low.

    I topped off the fluid level. Today the light still has not turned on. I had the tires rotated 2mos ago and was told the pads and rotors were in great shape. The last car I had lasted 5yrs without a brake job. That shows how easy I am on the brakes. Any other 07 drivers experience this yet?
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    I would drop by the local dealer and have them read the error code with their scanner. Might, or might not, be important, and it should cost you nothing but your time.
  • wvhokiewvhokie Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 Altima and also am encountering the brake squeaking. They told me at the dealership about a month ago it is a problem with the rear brake pads. But the brake pads are on back-order, and I still don't have them after nearly a month. I called the dealership today, and they said they currently have 5 Altimas they are waiting on for the brake pads.

    I love my car even though it has had its share of annoyances with the keys being replaced, a muffler system on the air vent installed, and a couple of other recalls. I keep reminding myself that it was the first year of this body style and there will be fixes. People have always told me not to buy a car in the first year of its body style, but I did anyway. Overall, I love the feel and drive of the car,

    Are you still encountering problems?
  • tibs11tibs11 Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 Altima. Within the first 2 months the brakes started squealing. One of my tires went flat so while I was at the Discount Tire I told them to look at my brakes as the car was new and the brakes were already squealing. The man told me that is a characteristic of Nissan cars...that I need not worry they all do that....well, that would have been nice to know. Anyway a few months later I took my car into the dealership and for the recall on key fob and asked them again about the squealing. They looked at them and said the cleaned out some dirt but they looked fine.....they still squeal...all the time. I love the car don't get me wrong...but the squealing IS annoying.
  • Well, I have a 2008 that I've only had since January. My car recently started making this horrible squeaking noise also. I would be so embarrased to stop the car because it was so loud. I finally got an appointment at the dealership to see what was going on. Come to find out my rotars and calipers were bad. So they had to order some for me. The good thing is, my brakes are under warrenty so I don't have to come out of pocket to pay for this!!!
  • I have the same problem. I doubt very seriously that you had bad rotors and calipers on a new car. Nissan issued a TSB, but it is worthless. Plus the dealership doesn't have a guess. The Altima is wonderful; but Nissan doesn't do something fast, they are going to get a bad rep. If anyone has had any success with a fix, please post. Thanks.
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