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Hitachi
2003 Nissan Xterra Alternator 4 Cyl 2.4L Hitachi - 70 Amp

P311-26DB9CE    W0133-2276650  New

Qty:
$294.37
Hitachi Alternator
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
  • OE Replacement - Reman
  • 70 Amp
Brand: Hitachi
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2003 - Nissan Xterra L 4 Cyl 2.4L - 2389
Hitachi
2000 Nissan Xterra Alternator 4 Cyl 2.4L Hitachi - 70 Amp

P311-26DB9CE    W0133-2276650  New

Qty:
$294.37
Hitachi Alternator
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
  • OE Replacement - Reman
  • Production: 05/1999-
  • 70 Amp
Brand: Hitachi
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC Prod. Date Range
2000 - Nissan Xterra L 4 Cyl 2.4L - 2389 Fr:05-00-99
Hitachi
2004 Nissan Xterra Alternator 4 Cyl 2.4L Hitachi - 70 Amp

P311-26DB9CE    W0133-2276650  New

Qty:
$294.37
Hitachi Alternator
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
  • OE Replacement - Reman
  • Production: -12/2004
  • 70 Amp
Brand: Hitachi
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC Prod. Date Range
2004 - Nissan Xterra L 4 Cyl 2.4L - 2389 To:12-00-04
Bosch
2004 Nissan Xterra Alternator 6 Cyl 3.3L Bosch - Alternator (Remanufactured)

P311-3C0E849    AL2414X  Remanufactured

231001Z600

Qty:
Bosch Alternator
  • Bosch Premium 100% Remanufactured Alternator
  • Alternator (Remanufactured)
  • Product Attributes:
    • : Remanufactured
    • Amperage Rating: 110
    • Case Color: Aluminum
    • Case Material: Aluminum
    • Fan Type: Internal
    • Original Equipment Manufacturer Names: Hi
    • Packaging: Box
    • Plug Type: 300
    • Pulley Outside Diameter: 58
    • Pulley Type: 5s
    • Pulley Type / Belt Type (Alternator): 5s
    • Regulator Type: Internal
    • Rotation Direction: Clockwise
  • Bosch Premium Alternators are designed, built and tested to provide the ultimate in performance and reliability
Brand: Bosch
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2004 - Nissan Xterra V 6 Cyl 3.3L - 3275
Bosch
2007 Nissan Xterra Alternator 6 Cyl 4.0L Bosch - Alternator (Remanufactured)

P311-4233CEF    AL2406X  Remanufactured

3140082Z20 , 23100ZH00C

Qty:
$60.00 $181.87
Bosch Alternator
  • Bosch Premium 100% Remanufactured Alternator
  • From 01/2007 110 A
  • Alternator (Remanufactured)
  • Product Attributes:
    • : Remanufactured
    • Amperage Rating: 130
    • Case Color: Aluminum
    • Case Material: Aluminum
    • Fan Type: Internal
    • Original Equipment Manufacturer Names: Va
    • Packaging: Box
    • Plug Type: 325
    • Pulley Outside Diameter: 60
    • Pulley Type: 7s
    • Pulley Type / Belt Type (Alternator): 7s
    • Regulator Type: Internal
    • Rotation Direction: Clockwise
  • Bosch Premium Alternators are designed, built and tested to provide the ultimate in performance and reliability
Brand: Bosch
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2007 - Nissan Xterra V 6 Cyl 4.0L - 3954
Bosch
2007 Nissan Xterra Alternator 6 Cyl 4.0L Bosch - Alternator (Remanufactured)

P311-4233CEF    AL2406X  Remanufactured

3140082Z20 , 23100ZH00C

Qty:
$60.00 $181.87
Bosch Alternator
  • Bosch Premium 100% Remanufactured Alternator
  • For Valeo unit 130 A
  • Alternator (Remanufactured)
  • Product Attributes:
    • : Remanufactured
    • Amperage Rating: 130
    • Case Color: Aluminum
    • Case Material: Aluminum
    • Fan Type: Internal
    • Original Equipment Manufacturer Names: Va
    • Packaging: Box
    • Plug Type: 325
    • Pulley Outside Diameter: 60
    • Pulley Type: 7s
    • Pulley Type / Belt Type (Alternator): 7s
    • Regulator Type: Internal
    • Rotation Direction: Clockwise
  • Bosch Premium Alternators are designed, built and tested to provide the ultimate in performance and reliability
Brand: Bosch
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Drive Type Block Engine CID CC
2007 - Nissan Xterra 4WD V 6 Cyl 4.0L - 3954
Bosch
2012 Nissan Xterra Alternator 6 Cyl 4.0L Bosch - Alternator (Remanufactured)

P311-4233CEF    AL2406X  Remanufactured

3140082Z20 , 23100ZH00C

Qty:
$60.00 $181.87
Bosch Alternator
  • Bosch Premium 100% Remanufactured Alternator
  • 110 A
  • Alternator (Remanufactured)
  • Product Attributes:
    • : Remanufactured
    • Amperage Rating: 130
    • Case Color: Aluminum
    • Case Material: Aluminum
    • Fan Type: Internal
    • Original Equipment Manufacturer Names: Va
    • Packaging: Box
    • Plug Type: 325
    • Pulley Outside Diameter: 60
    • Pulley Type: 7s
    • Pulley Type / Belt Type (Alternator): 7s
    • Regulator Type: Internal
    • Rotation Direction: Clockwise
  • Bosch Premium Alternators are designed, built and tested to provide the ultimate in performance and reliability
Brand: Bosch
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2012 - Nissan Xterra V 6 Cyl 4.0L - 3954
Denso
2000 Nissan Xterra Alternator 4 Cyl 2.4L Denso - Reman Alternator

P311-11EA330    210-3118  Remanufactured

23100-3S500 , 3211900 , DAA882 , 1N-9177 , 2-13778 , 12367 , 13-9177 , LR170-757B , DAA111 , LR170-765 , AL2377X , 1860918 , N13778 , 13778 , 23100-3S501 , 213-9177 , 90-25-1133 , 12006 , A2778

Qty:
$68.00 $148.46
Denso Alternator
  • Remanufactured DENSO First Time Fit Alternator
  • 70 Amp
  • Reman Alternator
  • Product Attributes:
    • : Remanufactured
    • Amperage Rating: 70
    • Family: Hitachi Oe
    • Fan Type: Internal
    • Plug Type: 300
    • Rotation Direction: Clockwise
    • Voltage: 12.0
  • DENSO alternators are not only original equipment on many of the world's top production cars; they are a favorite in motorsports as well, where their light weight, high efficiency, and durability under the most demanding conditions make them the natural choice. Remanufactured DENSO alternators go through a grueling process. Stators and rectifiers are tested to 300 volts, while rotors are submitted to 600 volts, all to ensure reliable performance. Rotor slip rings are buffed to an 8 micron surface finish, with runout limited to 20 microns, minimizing brush wear and abrasion. Bearings are validated to OE standards and loaded with premium OE standard lubricants. New or remanufactured, a DENSO alternator is a quality component. Offered in versions from 40 to 160 amperes and beyond for hundreds of specific vehicle applications, all alternators meet DENSO's rigorous First Time Fit standards. Contemporary cars employ dozens of sophisticated electronic systems from bumper to bumper, placing heavy demands on the charging system. The alternator is no place to cut corners. DENSO First Time Fit alternators meet or exceed all manufacturer standards, mount properly with a minimum of installation issues, and provide years of reliable service. Features. Premium cores and precise OE assembly benchmarks; Design to meet the grueling heat and electrical requirements; First Time Fit provides perfect mounting with no belt/pulley alignment issues; Benefits. Service professionals preferred DENSO's alternators for a trouble free solution; OE quality fit, appearance, and durability; Full compatibility with sensitive electronics systems; Compact and lightweight design
Brand: Denso
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Engine Designation Block Engine CID CC
2000 - Nissan Xterra KA24DE L 4 Cyl 2.4L - 2389
Hitachi
2002 Nissan Xterra Alternator 6 Cyl 3.3L Hitachi

P311-32B4579    ALR0039  Remanufactured

23100-4S100R , 23100-4S100

Qty:
$45.00 $148.99
Hitachi Alternator
  • ALTERNATOR
  • Availability: Available to Order Amperage Rating: 80 New Or Remanufactured: Remanufactured Plug Clock Rear View Main Mounting Ear at 6 O Clock: 4 Pulley Belt Type: Serpentine Pulley Groove Quantity: 1 Regulator Type: Internal Rotation Direction: Clockwise Voltage: 12.0
  • Product Attributes:
    • California Proposition 65: Warning Cancer- Reproductive Harm. Advertencia Cáncer - Daño Reproductivo. Avertissement Cancer - Effets Nocifs Sur La Reproduction. Www.p65warnings.ca.gov
    • Manufacturer: Hitachi
    • New Or Remanufactured: Remanufactured
    • Plug Type: Blade
    • Vehicle System Voltage: 12v
    • Weight: 11.46
  • Hitachi's environmentally friendly alternators are engineered to deliver a consistent output and meet the demand of a long life in today's higher RPM engine.
Brand: Hitachi
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Submodel Block Engine CID CC
2002 - Nissan Xterra SE V 6 Cyl 3.3L - 3275
Hitachi
2003 Nissan Xterra Alternator 6 Cyl 3.3L Hitachi

P311-32B4579    ALR0039  Remanufactured

23100-4S100R , 23100-4S100

Qty:
$45.00 $148.99
Hitachi Alternator
  • ALTERNATOR
  • Availability: Available to Order Amperage Rating: 80 New Or Remanufactured: Remanufactured Plug Clock Rear View Main Mounting Ear at 6 O Clock: 4 Pulley Belt Type: Serpentine Pulley Groove Quantity: 1 Regulator Type: Internal Rotation Direction: Clockwise Voltage: 12.0 To 09/2002
  • Product Attributes:
    • California Proposition 65: Warning Cancer- Reproductive Harm. Advertencia Cáncer - Daño Reproductivo. Avertissement Cancer - Effets Nocifs Sur La Reproduction. Www.p65warnings.ca.gov
    • Manufacturer: Hitachi
    • New Or Remanufactured: Remanufactured
    • Plug Type: Blade
    • Vehicle System Voltage: 12v
    • Weight: 11.46
  • Hitachi's environmentally friendly alternators are engineered to deliver a consistent output and meet the demand of a long life in today's higher RPM engine.
Brand: Hitachi
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Submodel Block Engine CID CC
2003 - Nissan Xterra SE V 6 Cyl 3.3L - 3275
Hitachi
2005 Nissan Xterra Alternator 6 Cyl 4.0L Hitachi

P311-0A98768    ALR0022  Remanufactured

23100-EA200R , 23100-EA200

Qty:
$45.00 $318.16
Hitachi Alternator
  • ALTERNATOR
  • Availability: Available to Order Amperage Rating: 130 New Or Remanufactured: Remanufactured Plug Clock Rear View Main Mounting Ear at 6 O Clock: 8 Pulley Belt Type: Serpentine Pulley Groove Quantity: 1 Regulator Type: Internal Rotation Direction: Clockwise Voltage: 12.0 From 01/2005 To 05/2005
  • Product Attributes:
    • California Proposition 65: Warning Cancer. Advertencia Cáncer. Avertissement Cancer. Www.p65warnings.ca.gov
    • Manufacturer: Hitachi
    • New Or Remanufactured: Remanufactured
    • Plug Type: Blade
    • Vehicle System Voltage: 12v
    • Weight: 14.88
  • Hitachi's environmentally friendly alternators are engineered to deliver a consistent output and meet the demand of a long life in today's higher RPM engine.
Brand: Hitachi
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Submodel Block Engine CID CC
2005 - Nissan Xterra Off-Road V 6 Cyl 4.0L - 3954
MPA
2002 Nissan Xterra Alternator 6 Cyl 3.3L MPA - New

P311-432AC51    13789N  Remanufactured

LR180-756 , 13789 , 19134330 , 23100-4S100

Qty:
$133.76
MPA Alternator
  • ALTERNATOR-RMFD STDRD
  • New
  • Product Attributes:
    • Amps: 80 Amps
    • Clock: 4:00
    • Fan: Internal
    • Manufacturer: Hitachi
    • Pulley: 5 Groove Serpentine
    • Regulator: Internal
    • Rotation: Clockwise
    • Volts: 12 Volts
Brand: MPA
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2002 - Nissan Xterra V 6 Cyl 3.3L - 3275
MPA
2004 Nissan Xterra Alternator 4 Cyl 2.4L MPA - New

P311-371291C    13778N  Remanufactured

23100-3S500 , 13778 , 19134319 , LR170-757

Qty:
$153.83
MPA Alternator
  • ALTERNATOR-RMFD STDRD
  • New
  • Product Attributes:
    • Amps: 70 Amps
    • Clock: 12:00
    • Fan: Internal
    • Manufacturer: Hitachi
    • Pulley: 1 Groove V-belt
    • Regulator: Internal
    • Rotation: Clockwise
    • Volts: 12 Volts
Brand: MPA
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2004 - Nissan Xterra L 4 Cyl 2.4L - 2389
Remy
2004 Nissan Xterra Alternator 4 Cyl 2.4L Remy - Premium; Remanufactured

P311-02DE247    12367  Remanufactured

23100-9Z000

Qty:
$60.00 $101.41
Remy Alternator
  • Premium Remanufactured Alternator
  • 70 Amps
  • Premium; Remanufactured
  • Product Attributes:
    • : Remanufactured
    • Amperage Rating: 70
    • Fan Type: Internal
    • Pulley Belt Type: V-belt
    • Pulley Outside Diameter: 72.2
    • Regulator Type: Internal
    • Rotation Direction: Clockwise
    • Voltage: 12.0
Brand: Remy
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Engine Designation Block Engine CID CC
2004 - Nissan Xterra KA24DE L 4 Cyl 2.4L - 2389
Hitachi
2006 Nissan Xterra Alternator Hitachi - 110 Amp

P311-216192F    W0133-2393814  New

Qty:
$433.17
Hitachi Alternator
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
  • OE Replacement - Reman
  • 110 Amp
Brand: Hitachi
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle
2006 - Nissan Xterra
Hitachi
2005 Nissan Xterra Alternator Hitachi - 110 Amp

P311-216192F    W0133-2393814  New

Qty:
$433.17
Hitachi Alternator
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
  • OE Replacement - Reman
  • Production: 01/2005-
  • 110 Amp
Brand: Hitachi
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Prod. Date Range
2005 - Nissan Xterra Fr:01-00-05
Hitachi
2007 Nissan Xterra Alternator Hitachi - 110 Amp

P311-216192F    W0133-2393814  New

Qty:
$433.17
Hitachi Alternator
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
  • OE Replacement - Reman
  • Production: -01/31/2007
  • 110 Amp
Brand: Hitachi
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Prod. Date Range
2007 - Nissan Xterra To:01-31-07
Valeo
2015 Nissan Xterra Alternator Valeo - 110 amp

P311-474BEDE    W0133-2001319  New

Qty:
$577.27
Valeo Alternator
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
  • 100% New
  • 110 amp
Brand: Valeo
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle
2015 - Nissan Xterra
Valeo
2007 Nissan Xterra Alternator Valeo - 110 amp

P311-474BEDE    W0133-2001319  New

Qty:
$577.27
Valeo Alternator
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
  • 100% New
  • Production: 02/01/2007-
  • 110 amp
Brand: Valeo
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Prod. Date Range
2007 - Nissan Xterra Fr:02-01-07
Valeo
2012 Nissan Xterra Alternator Valeo - 110 amp

P311-474BEDE    W0133-2001319  New

Qty:
$577.27
Valeo Alternator
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
  • 100% New
  • 110 Amp
  • 110 amp
Brand: Valeo
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle
2012 - Nissan Xterra

Latest Nissan Xterra Repair and Alternator Installation Advice

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2000 Nissan Xterra Electrical problems after going through mud

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Question From ranthon on 2000 Nissan Xterra Electrical problems after going through mud

Engine size: 3.3/200 cu. in.
Mileage/Kilometers: 150,000 Miles

I splashed through some mud/ water (Yea, I know... ). It was probably about 12" deep max but I splashed it quite a bit. Anyway, Battery light came on. After a little while AT Oil Temp light and Brake light came on. Then eventually, ABS light came on and Air Bag light started flashing before the car stalled. Alternator? Why the lights though? The car stalled like 1/4 mile from my house so I was able to crank it again an hour later and get it to my house. I was able to start it later on about 3-4 times. What should I do? I sprayed some oil in the alternator just to get it to repel some water.

Response From nickwarner

Look inside the fuse/ relay panel under the hood. Might've gotten some water splashed up in there.

Response From ranthon Top Rated Answer

Probably did. So should I just open it up, dry it out and let it sit? Sorry, talking to car stupid here.

Response From nickwarner

There are sprays made to dry out electrical contacts that you can get at parts stores. A lot of off-roaders swear by WD-40. The WD actually stands for water displacing. This may not be the only issue, but its the first step in diagnosing what is causing your issue.

Response From ranthon

Thanks Nick, that was very helpful. I will WD-40 it tomorrow.

Response From Hammer Time

Sorry, talking to car stupid here.

That's a good reason to stay the hell out of the water with the truck.

2008 Nissan Xterra - Battery/Positive Battery Cable

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Question From TxCarClueless on 2008 Nissan Xterra - Battery/Positive Battery Cable

Yes....I am a man, and I know NOTHING about cars. So here is my problem:

Car: 2008 Nissan Xterra w/ 47000 miles

Issue: 2 weeks ago (7/13/2010) my car wouldn't start, it would just click. I had to have it jumped in the evening (7/13/2010) and the following morning (7/14/2010) to get it to start. I took it over to the Nissan dealership and was told that I needed a new battery AND a positive battery cable for a total of $600. After laughing then being pissed off, I had then jump my car again and I took it back home

Steps taken: On 7/14/2010 in the evening I took it over to Sears Automotive and they replaced the battery ($100) and tightened down the positive cable terminal, but they didn't say anything about needing the battery cable replaced

Questions: Would it be possible for the battery cables to need replacement after only having the car for 2.5 years? How can I confirm that the battery cables actually need to be replaced....can a place like AutoZone or NTB confirm that the battery cables need replacing? Is there anything that I should watch out for as in early warning signs? My car starts fine now, but not sure if the cables or something else still needs to be worked on. Was the dealership trying to rip me off?

Thanks for your help

A Clueless Tx man

Response From Hammer Time

If you took all the people from Sears, NTB and AutoZone and combined all their technical knowledge, you wouldn't come up with one tech.

I'm sure the dealer was taking a most expensive route to a problem that could have been dealt with a lot cheaper. Most independent shops will replace cable ends and things like that where dealers will only exchange the whole cable.

Response From alienshadow Top Rated Answer

Do the cables look corroded??

I am not a Mechanic But these guys here can help you right along....Also next time I would let Autozone ck the battery their test is free they will also check alternator to rule that issue out also...

2005 Ford E350 Van/box truck

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Question From ericwalker on 2005 Ford E350 Van/box truck

My alternator may be going - can hear the bearings starting to make noise. Any replacement brand suggestions? Also, can this affect spark plug and boot operation. I get a diagnostic message of plugs 1 and 6 pending, though I replaced them a year ago and have put less than 10k miles on since and, I do not hear any mis-firing..

Response From Tom Greenleaf

#1. Are you sure it's alternator bearings and not fooled by something else? Does it charge properly now? If any chance of being wrong on just bearings quick try would be spray the belt and if noise goes away it's the belt if not take it off and spin the alternator for the distinct sound/feel of bad bearing (usually one) and decide if you want to do just the bearing(s) or replace the whole unit.


Brand? When close I choose new vs rebuilt anything. Check prices and warranty of whole new and warranty at the big box parts places even NAPA can compete and usually OK stuff for me.


If replacing do verify pulley on new unit before handing in your old one with pulley or what as some may come without anything.


2. Codes pending and running fine? Is that to say nothing is lit warning you YET? Your call if all is well for now or pull those plugs (I would) and compare to one without showing a problem. If not OE type wrong ones can be the issue and they gotta go especially if some different plug with wild claims of anything get those out for OE now.


Back to alternator: You decide on whether you want to do just bearing(s) or not. Doable for most IMO or if tons of miles on it already just go for new.


Note on bearings: I wouldn't bother if all you can find is Chinese bearings and do ask if you go that route,


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Response From ericwalker

Thanks...my mechanic pinpointed the alternator the last time it was in...its old...still charges though. Noise is intermittent at this point.

The check engine light came on. I put continuity on the boots in question...tested fine. My mechanic said he could not find anything wrong at this point as well..

Response From Tom Greenleaf

"my mechanic pinpointed the alternator the last time"


That means nothing for THIS time! Take the belt off and know it's that before you waste time and $$ because that's what it was once before - could be another item? Don't guess like that be sure.


Plug boots? What are you doing to test what with those? If needed or failed put a set on. Do they arc when dampened by a mist from a sprayer or what?


Check engine light is on and mechanic couldn't find anything wrong! What was the code or get codes read by a real machine if light is on there's a real hard code waiting for you so post the # it comes up with not a diagnosis yet. Yes, arcing spark out of plug boots would set a code BTW but don't expect it to say spark plug wire boots just that it notices that circuit,


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Response From ericwalker Top Rated Answer

Thanks for the help: Update: Truck alternator finally seized up - replace with new one plus new tensioner and belt. Still did not solve check engine light though.. This is next on the list to test out. Waiting for weather to break, if not, I will take to my mechanic. Right now the plugs in question are showing a pending status.

Another issue with my 2005 Nissan Xterra - 6 cly, manual trans. Starts fine, sounds fine until I release clutch pedal, I get an additional sound from belts...any thoughts? Vehicle operates fine as of now...

Response From Hammer Time

Please start a new question for the other vehicle.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

Top post on truck only ">>My alternator may be going - can hear the bearings starting to make noise. Any replacement brand suggestions? Also, can this affect spark plug and boot operation. I get a diagnostic message of plugs 1 and 6 pending, though I replaced them a year ago and have put less than 10k miles on since and, I do not hear any mis-firing.."
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eric: You waited for the alternator to seize before doing any tests suggested? Sorry to hear that as it should have been totally obvious what was wrong before allowing that never mind what brand is what you asked.


The relationship of that and codes for cylinders don't or shouldn't have anything to do with each other. If plugs are due then do them. Which engine in this truck?


Unless the alternator blew up, spiked voltages and belt/bearing issue threw bits and parts all over the place it's a separate problem with codes now. Perhaps you should get those checked again and post the #s. One vehicle and better one problem at a time will help target what's up with what.


A new thread for truck on engine light and codes as said it's a different problem if all is well now with alternator,


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Response From Discretesignals

I recommend Ford Motorcraft's reman alternators.

starting issues, possibly electrical

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Question From jnollner on starting issues, possibly electrical

I have an 04 Nissan Xterra w/4wd. 3.6l v6 i think.
A few months ago my check engine light came on, but the dealer couldn't figure out what the issue was. I change the oil myself every ~4k miles and recently changed my sparkplugs and air filter. About 3 weeks ago, the passenger side window wiper stopped working. It goes about 1/4 of the distance it normally covers, or doesn't go up at all.

Last week when I tried starting my car, it wouldn't start. The cabin light had been on, but when I turned the key the electrical components all died. I tried a second time and the car started immediatly, so I didnt think anything of it. I had no trouble for about 3-4 days, then the car wouldnt start at all. I called AAA and the guy hooked up his tester, the car started right away, and he said that the battery was getting a charge, but was low, so it most likely needed a new battery but the alternator should be ok. I drove down to Autozone, replaced the battery, it started right up and gave me no problems for another 3-4 days again. Now my car wont start again, the cabin light will turn on when I open the door, but as soon as I turn the key everything shuts off and the engine won't turn over. It can't be the battery, as the new one is only 4-5 days old. But other than that, I imagine it could be next to anything. Any help would be great, thank you.

Response From Hammer Time

You talk about 3 different problems there. Would you narrow that down to one issue per question please.

Response From Tom Greenleaf Top Rated Answer

What voltage do you read when you can run this thing? About everyone with an automobile should own a battery charger/maintainer which both do the same but "maintainer" is slower. Don't want stuff - no problem, walking if you can is free,



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Battery drained, car won't start with jump, rapid clicking instead

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Question From TC on Battery drained, car won't start with jump, rapid clicking instead

I have a 2002 Nissan Xterra. No problem until Tuesday and our first big rainstorm. On Tuesday morning, I was able to start the car in the rain, but I could tell the battery was weak, so I took my other car to work instead. Now, three days later, the battery in the Xterra is further drained, to the point where nothing happens when I turn the key -- not even a click. When I connect jumper cables to a good battery and turn the key, I get rapid clicking, but no start.

The rapid clicking makes me suspect the starter, but the battery drain and the fact that the problem occurred coincident with the rain make me suspect a short circuit. Can anyone offer advice or suggest further diagnostic steps before I run out and buy a new starter?

Further info:
I looked for moisture in the engine compartment during the rain, but everything seemed dry and properly protected.
I've looked for fraying and corrosion in the electrical system, but everything seems to be in reasonable shape.
I own a voltmeter, but I don't know how to use it to find a short circuit.

Response From Hammer Time

The battery is junk. You need to get a new battery and stop messing around with it.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

Agree and more. If you get nothing and earlier just the rapid fire clicking the battery has not enough power so the clicking is saving the starter. Jumping isn't going to work on a battery that dead for any cable people would seriously buy like $200 plus bucks for good enough ones and still may not overcome totally fried battery.


It's not the starter IMO so don't be wasting your time and money on that idea,


T

Response From TC

Thanks to both you guys for the advice. I put a new battery in the car, and it starts great now.

Tom, thanks for telling me that jumping won't start a car if the battery is too dead. Before today, I had thought that jumping a car was effectively the same as replacing the battery with a good one, and a good way to disqualify the battery as the problem. Now I know I was wrong about that.

I have a follow-up question: Does rain affect the health of the battery? I'm still trying to figure out why my battery seemed strong right up to Monday, but failed when the rain came on Tuesday. I find it hard to believe that was a coincidence.

Response From Tom Greenleaf Top Rated Answer

You may still have an excessive drain on your battery called a parasitic drain and rain might bring that out but not directly a problem for the battery. I wash them if they are out for any reason, dry and re-install.
Folks should know that jumper cables are about a thing of the past. You either have to have super high end ones or a good jumper box much preferred than using another car. You can really harm the donor car and or both alternators or more.
In fact if you do succeed at starting a car with any jump it's real nice to know why it needed it to begin with - leaving something on is usually the most common but anything a reason.
Beat on this a bit: When a totally dead battery does work with any jump the alternator is working too hard and that IMO should only be done long enough to get that vehicle in sight to a real battery charger not let it charge up itself. Sounds odd but car isn't meant to charge dead batteries! People should really own even the slowest battery charger if they want to mess with cars and batteries. Check them out - they are not that expensive but better slower so that car if a legit reason is out of service for a day if need be or risk some wildly most costly problems.
Tired, but should write a thing on loads on wiring including jumper cables - it even gets into you home to use the right extension cords for the specific need and always did,


T

Response From TC

Thanks for the info. I didn't know about jump-starting potentially harming the donor car. I'll be careful about offering jump starts in the future.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

I'll beat on it some more: None this year and long retired but still will do road calls out of a car - large car fully equipped with extra strong battery separate from the car's but is charged by the car or when parked. Can carry that and the now probably $400 jumper cables and make anything start! Well, at least crank so I can go from there if it doesn't start.


In wild cases and super dead batteries allow the car to run as well but if victim car's battery is junk or a total short without a tool the reaction of just hooking up tells me this ain't going to work out. Many are just a reading/map light left on for a few days and to pound on this (I'm in New England) get dang cold and dead batteries also freeze, charged ones do not so may find one split right open new or not!


OK: Once if I win and car starts I'll let both cars run and charge up the victim vehicle's battery till alternators are cooled off or take breaks literally feeling them till dead car can take off and be fine or if no time for all that say it's over and let me charge that and check that one via charger and not vehicles but you lost your car for that day over it.


Said I was done mostly. Used to carry a universal spare new battery if a person really needed to go and take the battery in trouble back to shop then see car and owner later to put it all back. This is for folks not just passing thru but were from around here. Another ask and see if they would just buy that universal battery and use it or get home if all the way to Florida many times up for the holidays could say you are all set but it's not the exact one for the vehicle do what you should when you get to your home base.


Buy another and repeat as needed or give up and tow the car/vehicle for a real check out and fix.


Well, doing that finally wrecked my own alternator and I keep a spare of those for my own anyway.


By far most are just low on charge and within about or less than 1/2 hour can just be on their way.


The skinny is yes it harms the donor car/vehicle or not thrilled with power of jumper boxes in extreme cases so have a fully charged 850 AMP battery to carry to a stuck vehicle if needed as the jumper box.


To do this with NO damage takes knowing when it's done or not and of course some time. There's more to know about just this silly but quite serious stuff. Objective #1 is don't just get it going only for some stranger to find out a few hours away their vehicle burned up its alternator.


Do this stuff right and do it once not just create a series of subsequent problems. Folks need to understand. The real story is a vehicle has no conscience and doesn't give a hoot if you get where you are going yours or mine at any time it dang well feels like it.


You don't need to become a full tech over it just understand what troubles to avoid and future problems tons more trouble than a battery you can avoid.


Good luck. Play smart, Tom