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post #1 of 4 Old 03-18-2012, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
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2003 Altima won't accelerate when in drive

Some weird things going on with my Altima. As I came to a stop off the freeway everything was fine. I tried to turn right but I wasn't able to accelerate. It was pretty much at idle rpms. I pulled the car over. I put it in park and was able to rev the engines...same thing worked for reverse and neutral. So I tried drive again, but still no acceleration. Turned off the engine and tried to start...but it wouldn't start. Dead battery...however, it was a new battery installed yesterday. The battery was replaced because the same thing happened and the new battery solved the problem..at least for a day. It appears that something is shorting out the battery...maybe the alternator? I'm puzzled to why I can't accelerate though...any help is appreciated.

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Based on what you said it means that there is not enough electricity for charging the battery. Therefore, the battery dies. We can conclude in the same way that the throttle and the fuel pump and ... cannot have enough electricity to function well also. If it was only your battery dead I would say it might be the connections on the battery and alternator or the ground connection that got dirty (or the fuses on the battery positive connection which can be found on that nissan altima model are blown).
BUT when you say it does not accelerate it means it cannot provide enough electricity for the car even when it is working (there is no need for battery anymore when the car is on since the alternator generates enough electricity to function the car).
All in all I would say it is your alternator that is not functioning well or some fuses in the fuse box that are interfering the alternators flow of electricity. BEFORE DOING ANYTHING check the driving belt and the pulleys and make sure they are working OK.
Would be happy if you let me know about the result.
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-18-2015, 12:37 AM
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Your alternator is dead and you need a new one. Sounds weird I know, check out my thread 'Alternator Insanity' in this forum. As it turns out the problem is too much electricity

This thread should sound *very* familiar.

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post #4 of 4 Old 05-18-2015, 12:48 PM
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