2004 Nissan Maxima Q&A
2004 Nissan Maxima Question: Is it my battery, starter, alternator or something else?
On Saturday, I made several starts and stops and the last time I tried to start the car it was dead - no lights or anything. Eventually, the lights etc came back on line; however, the engine would not turn over. Each time I turned the ignition key I got a series of clicks but the car would not start. I finally got a jump and drove it home. Everything seemed fine while I was driving. When I got home I turned off the car and tried to re-start it and it wouldn't start again. I got the series of clicks again. - MotherYoung
You either have a bad battery or alternator. if you continue to drive your car you will due damage to the vehicle. Mainly the PCM(computer). - EXPERTEC
Check that the battery connections are clean tight and secure. Have the battery charged and tested. Turn on the ignition switch to the on but not run position do you see an icon on the instrument panel representing a battery, if you do not see this battery icon the alternator is not seeing power to allow it to charge. Start the engine does the battery icon go out. A more complex but good diagnostic test is checking "voltage drop" on the battery ground and power cables. You can find a video on how to do a voltage drop test on Youtube. Put a volt meter across the battery terminals with the engine off, at rest the battery voltage should be 12.6 volts if the battery is fully charged. Now get a friend to start the car while you watch the voltmeter, the voltage reading across the battery should read approximately 14.6 volts if the alternator is charging correctly. - patrick mannion