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2004 Nissan Frontier keeps dying
Many thanks in advance for giving this a read -- I'd really appreciate any suggestions!
I've been a (mostly) proud owner of a 2004 Nissan Frontier for the last 10 years. Bought it used, only 25K miles on it, and it's been a sturdy, dependable truck up until just last year (hence the 'mostly').
My issue is this: frequently the battery will stop getting recharged by the alternator, and the battery slowly loses power until the dash lights come on and it dies. I've been through two new alternators, two new batteries, checked all fuses, and each time it works for a while, then loses power. I've taken it to five (no joke) different mechanics, each of which has said they can't find anything wrong. Then when it loses power, they try to sell me another battery/alternator.
Strangely, the battery seems to charge itself if I wiggle the cord connected to the battery. Then it runs for a while, then again the battery starts recharging.
Anyone have any clues as to what might be going on?
Thanks and sorry for the long post.