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2010 Nissan Altima Going Completely Dead


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Chrbson
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Oct 3, 2021, 9:10 PM

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I have a 2010 Nissan Altima. It will randomly be completely dead when I go to start it. When I jump it, it only takes seconds to start back up, but I have to mess with the ground cable for a minute first. I don't know if the problem is with my ground wire possibly or with a parasitic drain. The battery and alternator have been tested already. Battery is good and the Alternator is "passable". Last time it was dead it only made clicking sounds when I tried to start it the first couple of times then nothing. I feel like it should take longer for it to jump start from being completely dead and it seems weird to me.


Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 3, 2021, 10:20 PM

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What do you mean by "have to mess with the ground cable?"
It's either good to go or not. Fix it, replace end or whatever the problem is there B4 much else is going to behave.
Alternator is not "passable" it's either good or not IDK what test it was given to say that.
All this stuff going wrong, jumping it often apparently is causing it to get worse. Battery is only going to really be low or dead a very limited # of times before it will be killed by just that they are NOT meant to be low ever really.
Fix the cable first and time to own at least an analog volt/ohm meter can do some testing of things.
Too early to blame this on a parasitic drain till more is known. While fixing battery cable find out how old that one is they are marked month and year made you should know all the time - they are perishable,


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Chrbson
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Oct 3, 2021, 11:22 PM

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I guess what I mean is that I need to have the black cable hooked up just right for it to jump start. Idk if that is any indicator on if the ground cable is bad or or not. I have jumped it at least 10 times and the battery is around a year old. It will run fine for usually around a month then it will be just completely dead one morning. Also, I have replaced the positive and negative terminals (as well as the battery fuse on the positive wire).


Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 4, 2021, 1:52 AM

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OK, the new cable ends are maybe just the "temporary" ones, not higher quality ends with wire you splice in a bit away from the battery.

The type of cable for jumping varies from OMG costly to what folks use is really just leave it on and wait type grade of wire, strength of clamps.

Those aren't even suggested anymore vs also costly jumper boxes you keep charged all the time.

Time to really check this battery I can't know if it is/was really low to dead or a connections yet.

Check out a cheap volt/ohm meter maybe we can catch this when it's down and pin it.

In the mean time try to get a jumper box, battery charger, even slow ones are fine if on for many hours in fact a better charge.

Would be nice to see voltage drop when trying to crank engine so far nothing so a helper to crank and other watch readings taken at batter, cables, posts vs clamps would help.

You've found this so called dead so many times I really doubt it's still good so bad possible that it self shorts out inside or has a wet top from a leaking case possible should be dry and kept that way.

While doing anything also plain check belt and tension on it there should be a indicator showing where in the range it's worn to on self adjusters just a line or arrows you want to be in the middle of that.

Again - liquid filled lead/acid batteries share nothing with devices that go low or dead. Dead car batteries are being ruined if really low then do burn out alternators are not meant for that level of work,

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