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1995 Nissan Altima Corner Lamps Not Working


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sunnah
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Jun 8, 2016, 3:57 AM

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I have replaced the existing corner bulbs which were not working and they still do not work. After investigating to find out which fuse controls it. I located a fuse box towards the center rifght side of the car but on the right side. It has a relay that says "Corner..." I bought.

It looks exactly like this. (LINK) If you look the Corner Lamp replay is missing. Why? I bought a relay but I do not know how to plug it in the missing place. I am thinking this is the solution. Am I right?

(links allow for pics not specific other concerns please. Picture of what you found below)



(This post was edited by Tom Greenleaf on Jun 8, 2016, 4:16 AM)


Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 8, 2016, 4:14 AM

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Re: 1995 Nissan Altima Corner Lamps Not Working Sign In

What do you mean by "Corner Bulbs" as in blinking lights for turns, running lights that stay on or lamp the light up to the side for the direction you are turning? The last many cars/vehicles do not have as a feature and if so confused why you found bulbs for something it may not be wired for?


If your car is original and you find a blank, wire free spot where something would have gone and nothing is in there the car probably didn't come with that feature.



Don't know if that pic will show of what you found. This unless broken, corroded alone wouldn't be the problem depending on what we are talking about.


Couple issues with naming what lighting if for what:
Directionals: Are called, "Blinkers", "Turn Signals", and maybe more names.
Parking Lights: Are also called, "Running Lights" maybe other names?
Cornering Lamps: Are for lighting up side of road just for the direction you are turning with the directionals on for that direction.


Throw in languages converted to English and local nick-names confuses what we are talking about.


In short - if car had new lenses put in with bulbs for a feature you don't have that TMK is optional for only some there's nothing wrong but doubt that so please clear up what you mean,


T



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Jun 8, 2016, 4:36 AM

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Re: 1995 Nissan Altima Corner Lamps Not Working Sign In

Tom, corning lamps are activated when you move the turn signal switch with the headlamps on. They don't blink and come on solid I guess to light your way through a turn at night.

Maybe someone took the relay out and used it in a different spot because something else wasn't working? Who knows.





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sunnah
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Jun 8, 2016, 4:52 AM

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Re: 1995 Nissan Altima Corner Lamps Not Working Sign In

Thank you for your quick and detailed reply and sorry to confuse as that was not my intention. This is a GXE model and I really could not tell you how those lights in the corners work. I did not mean "Corner lamps" and to their function. This is the original car and there has only been one owner (my mother). I am wondering why include the bulbs and the light fixture if it was never an option? Why not make them function with the main headlamps. But I have a feeling these bulbs operate corner lamps that stay on and blinkers(turn signals) that alternate with ones already in the front bumper.

As for the picture which is not the one in my car but it is the exact representation of it. Cannot the "Corner Lamp" relay be installed in the missing slot if was not a feature in this model?


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Jun 8, 2016, 5:07 AM

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Re: 1995 Nissan Altima Corner Lamps Not Working Sign In

DS - I know what cornering lamps are and OP this car may not have ever had them and shouldn't have bulbs or a relay for them if so. I can't know each model of every car what features that are not required do or don't have them.


General is for decades now if a feature or package of features when new wasn't included the wiring for those things wasn't in the original harness for that car to save on wire if nothing else.
Look in the blank spot of that relay panel. Is anything in there to plug into or just nothing there? If nothing it's fine and you don't have that feature, that's all.


If talking about "Cornering Lamps" as I know and have on my own cars they are separate and stay on longer than the "blinker" so a whole different bunch of things to operate as intended.
It's somewhat of a thing I can't know car by car for all models and years. Some don't need them as the light the road enough anyway either headlights just a much wider range or not.


Simply can't know what was intended for each car. If these once worked and now don't and the spot for a relay is without wiring in wait I don't understand?


T



sunnah
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Jun 8, 2016, 5:22 AM

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Re: 1995 Nissan Altima Corner Lamps Not Working Sign In

Yes, there is no socket for the replay to go in. It is just an empty spot in the harness. It is just confusing why these are bulbs in there. When the headlights come on it just seems like a bad design to have dark spots at the corners. I will investigate further.


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Jun 8, 2016, 6:01 AM

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Re: 1995 Nissan Altima Corner Lamps Not Working Sign In

Did the bulbs you see ever work? Need that answer!!
There are bad designs all over the place brand new or for all time. Blind spots just in vehicle shape. Shorter people who don't see what taller people do or controls of common items in reach.
It's primary to buy a car/vehicle that suits you for what you want or need.


If your answer if they never worked then high chance it never had that feature and somewhat surprised bulbs were there at all unless over now 21 years lenses were replaced and a spot for them there that were not on OE ones or a plug to remove or something. Are there wires to those bulbs? Doesn't make sense if so and might need to see owner's manual what controls those lights if they are equipped to work and OE is now a mystery why the spot is blank.


They would make housings to hold all possible features costs nothing but making all the wires for things a car isn't going to have can be avoided for many decades now, lots older than this car.


If really annoying to you some design of lighting and it does happen sometimes just bulbs for headlights can solve it sometimes not. Careful if you add a feature it wasn't built with. Total warning on that if never equipped and properly wired for that,


T



sunnah
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Jun 8, 2016, 6:39 AM

Post #8 of 11 (1097 views)
Re: 1995 Nissan Altima Corner Lamps Not Working Sign In

Yes the bulbs did work at one point. And yes there is an existing socket and wire harness at the corner bulb location.


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Jun 8, 2016, 7:12 AM

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I would hope if as you said your Mother's car before you that you would know if any major work was done that could mess it up - an accident or some other thing. So by all odds they should work unless the dang relay isn't specifically for just that but think it should be. You said there are no connections in that slot didn't you? That doesn't add up or where the heck did they go and why?


Appears like that thing just lifts up and think I would see what's under it if no female ends for a relay are there. You have a lot better chance of knowing if the whole thing was replaces or broke somehow before already do you? Lots can happen in 21 model years of use and perhaps even if unknown to your Mother some repair messed it up and wrong one ended up there and wasn't hooked up but wires should be under it still if it ever worked and surprised if so they didn't short out each other if out of a harness?
IDK. I'd be looking as said for why and made certain that relay was absolutely for just that and not some other twist of translated English as I think this car was both made in Asia and sold all over the world under different names?


Tom



sunnah
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Jun 8, 2016, 9:09 AM

Post #10 of 11 (1086 views)
Re: 1995 Nissan Altima Corner Lamps Not Working Sign In

You are right- My mother always takes her cars for repairs with random mechanics. There is a good chance they did something to prevent it form coming on. I am probably going to visit a junk yard and see if I can find a relay box that all the relays to compare.

And I did remove a couple of the other relays which have the female end. That is what is missing.

Thanks again.


Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 8, 2016, 10:53 AM

Post #11 of 11 (1079 views)
Re: 1995 Nissan Altima Corner Lamps Not Working Sign In

If you go to a junkyard and find the right or similar car intact - even if all relays are missing see what is there on another. I'm lost as such places do leave empty spots as already said but don't understand the lack of female wires ends to plug into just there if all is true. I'm not familiar with this or these being a popular problem either requiring those as parts - but could be? If a good junk yard they are all missing would be a clue.


The one you found looks used and missing the relay itself? All that suggests not proves that it might not be on all of the same model but now don't believe that. So if you even bought a used or new one it would only have no wires or cut off which means where are yours?


Such things you usually can use somewhat ordinary female spade type wiring crimp ends and fish them in as needed hoping they'll snap into spot and stay locked there - like if one burned the plastic somehow. Whatever - you may not know why or who did what but again - where are the wire ends that should be there?


Tom







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