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#1 Old 04-16-2010, 06:47 PM
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Car won't start - brake pedal won't go down

I have a 2007 altima 2.s w/ 60,000 miles on it.

I pressed the ignition button once and then again to turn on the dash, radio, air, etc. All that came on just fine - the lights came on too - but when I tried to start the car and it wouldn't turn over. I pushed my foot on the brake and hit the ignition button but it wouldn't turn - it tried, but didn't make it.

So I went inside thinking my battery was dead. About 10 minutes later I go back outside to my car and tried to start it again except now my dang brake pedal won't go down. No matter how hard I step on the brakes it won't budge. If I try to start my car now it does this very weird clicking sound until I push the ignition button and nothing happens.

I called the Nissan dealer and asked them if a dead battery would cause my brake pedal to not go down and they said no.

Can anyone help me out?
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On most cars pumping the brake pedal while the car is off builds up pressure in the line and that pressure doesn't release until the car is started. I'm not sure if anything is different with this car because of the brake to start feature but I can't imagine that would make a difference. Whether the brake is depress all the way or not the car knows when you are pushing on the brake.


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i had the same situation when my battery was almost dead from being in Acc. the lights and everything worked but the car wouldnt start and the beeper was a very dull low sound. get a jump and try to start it.

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The ikey uses the brake switch to tell if you're pressing the brake when trying to start the car. So if your brake lights are still coming on then the switch is working and it's probably the battery. If the brake lights aren't coming on then its most likely the brake switch (cheap part that several have had to replace).


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its the brake switch. cheap replacement covered under warranty



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I have a 2007 altima 2.s w/ 60,000 miles on it.

I pressed the ignition button once and then again to turn on the dash, radio, air, etc. All that came on just fine - the lights came on too - but when I tried to start the car and it wouldn't turn over. I pushed my foot on the brake and hit the ignition button but it wouldn't turn - it tried, but didn't make it.

So I went inside thinking my battery was dead. About 10 minutes later I go back outside to my car and tried to start it again except now my dang brake pedal won't go down. No matter how hard I step on the brakes it won't budge. If I try to start my car now it does this very weird clicking sound until I push the ignition button and nothing happens.

I called the Nissan dealer and asked them if a dead battery would cause my brake pedal to not go down and they said no.

Can anyone help me out?
I have that same problem. The last two mornings when I go outside to start the car ('08 Altima), the brake pedal is really hard to push and the car won't start. It just cycles through ACC and ON. Eventually it will start.

Took it into the dealership. They looked at the brake switch. It was fine and they couldn't find any codes or issues with the brake's electrical system.

HOWEVER

They did notice that my brake fluid was low. Upon further inspection, it appears the master cylinder on the brake was leaking. This could be the issue..........overnight fluid seeps in and makes the brake impossible to push. After some pumps and turning the car ON, the pressure is returned to normal and the car will start.

Of course this is just my guess.........but Nissan thinks this could be the issue as well. Thankfully I'm still under warranty.
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I have that same problem. The last two mornings when I go outside to start the car ('08 Altima), the brake pedal is really hard to push and the car won't start. It just cycles through ACC and ON. Eventually it will start.

Took it into the dealership. They looked at the brake switch. It was fine and they couldn't find any codes or issues with the brake's electrical system.

HOWEVER

They did notice that my brake fluid was low. Upon further inspection, it appears the master cylinder on the brake was leaking. This could be the issue..........overnight fluid seeps in and makes the brake impossible to push. After some pumps and turning the car ON, the pressure is returned to normal and the car will start.

Of course this is just my guess.........but Nissan thinks this could be the issue as well. Thankfully I'm still under warranty.
**UPDATE**

Car started this morning without any issues. Looks like the culprit was the master cylinder. 100% covered by warranty.
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Just a point of interest my master cylinder has also failed on my car, with 70K on it. The only notice I got was the emergency brake light was lit.
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I have that same problem with my wife car 2008 Altima with 16000 ml on it. The last two days when I go outside to start the car , the brake pedal is really hard to push and the car won't start. Check the battery and everything is fine. Later on the Car started without any issues and after that the car have a same problem again, I don't know what is going on . May be the brake switch? is gonna go to the dealer on Tuesday is still under warranty. I owned four Nissan and never had any problem , this is my first give me a problem. Anybody have any idear

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I had the same exact problem yesterday (4 July). I tried to start it again this morning and it still wouldn't start. Called a tow company and had them tow it to the dealership. Wouldn't you know I tried to start it there in the service garage and it started right up. It was very annoying. The dealership just called back and said it was the brake switch. We'll see.

Go figure we just went over the warranty to by 4000 miles. I should have listened to myself when I bought the car and stayed away from the push button ignition. Just something else to go wrong. Im curious what your dealership says it is.
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Hello Jack,
Do you know all the Nissan + Infinity now they using a push button ignition, I hope my car don't give me a problem tomorrow go to the dealership so I don't have to call a tow truck .
Let me know about your problem and I will let you know about mine , After they fix a pedal switch I don't know how long is gonna be last. Good luck.

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It turned out to be the brake switch. They put in a new brake switch. So far I haven't had any problems, but its only been a couple days. We'll see.
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I had this problem twice. On second new master cylinder
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Mine is the same , new brake switch and had been two day. So far there is no problem.
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