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Service Brakes Problems of Nissan Altima - part 1



Nissan Altima owners have reported 101 problems related to service brakes (under the service brakes category).

car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 1
Failure Date: 01/13/2015

The car was parked in a driveway for 6 hours in 10 degre weather. It was required to move the car to allow another vehicle to leave when the Nissan was driven forward to re-park the vehicle and the brakes were applied the peddle was rock hard and no brakes were available causing a collision with a garage door. The dealership diagnosed the problem as a vacuum valve, integral with a vacuum hose. The dealer tested the car at 7:30am on 1/16/2012 when the car had been sitting for over 24 hours in 23 degree weather, the brake pedal was hard (however not rock solid) once the pedal was pumped twice the brakes worked accordingly. The theory was the valve was not functioing in the cold weather. The dealer tested the theory by removing the faulty part and placing it in the cold weather for approximatley 30 minutes and reinstalled part back intot he car and created a similar scenario where the brake pedal was hard with limited brakes (temperature was 22 degrees). The part has been replaced and appears to have solved the issue. I am dissapointed that the Nissan Altima can potentially have brakes in extreme cold weather as I live in a cold climate. . Read more...

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car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2013 Nissan Altima 2
Failure Date: 01/08/2015

January the 8th I was driving from work to home my job is about 30 miles from my home. I was driving no faster than 50-45 miles an hour due to construction in the areas on my way home. There are cameras at the lights in a city 7 miles before my city. If you go over the line a bit they take pictures of your license plate and send you a picture and ticket in the mail with an image of you going over the line indicating you've run a red light. So I pressed on the breaks to slow down as the light turned yellow to assure I did not go over the line. As I slowed down my car jerked I had a 2011 Altima that did the same thing so I was thinking its nothing its how the transmission runs. But within a 12-15 feet distance I stopped as I completely came to a stop my car jerked forward, the brakes locked up, hazard lights on the dash showed up, and the engine shut off. I could not get my car to drive forward it was embarrassing as cars honked for me to drive. I returned my car to Nissan and they updated some recalls. Then stated their system is not showing in issues. This has occurred multiple times and once I was on a hill the car was in drive and it started rolling backwards. I hope the recalls they have fixed resolves the issue I am scared that the car will die and cut off while I am on a busy highway. I hope and pray my issues are resolved and, I do not get crushed in a collision.

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car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 3
Failure Date: 12/16/2014

The car failed to start because the brake switch and the entire harness sub failed. I had to tow away the car to the nearest Nissan showroom and was charged $440 to replace harness-sub, switch assy sto, band hose plus labour. This is a known problem but Nissan wont refund my money. How can a vehicle just under 50k fail for such a thing if not for a bad factory harness.

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car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 4
Failure Date: 12/14/2014

Several times over the past few months and everyday for the past week, the car will not start during ignition due to the inability to depress the brake. The only way to get it to start is to repeatedly hit the brakes while pressing the start button. It never consistently works but eventually starts. After starting, the abs, vdc, and slip warning lights are illuminated. There have been multiple reports of the same thing happening with this model from other owners. This poses a serious risk to health particularly in times where one may need to leave immediately. More often, it is an extreme inconvenience. The dealership service departments want to charge over $500 to repair something that is clearly defective and systematic. Please do something about this as many Altima owners are experiencing the same frustration that I have endured.

car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 5
Failure Date: 11/21/2014

Car will not start even though there is power. This is the fifth time this has happened. Dealer has replaced battery. Problem occurred 1 month later. Brake switch appears to be the problem. Have been able to start after "playing" with the brake switch. Dealer replaced switch but the car wont start again 5 weeks later.

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car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2001 Nissan Altima 6
Failure Date: 11/18/2014

I was driving from work when I heard a cranking/squealing sound coming from the rear passenger side, I stopped and checked could not find anything, but noticed that anytime I stepped on the brakes/make a turn the sound will come on, took it to a mechanic who told me it was the motor mount and also that the brakes were been affected and I could not drive more than a certain mile on the highway. Also the engine light keeps coming on my dashboard, after several repairs to whatever the problem was, it;s still on, now no one can tell if it is related to the issue car had or not, the headlights on the car hardly come on properly, even if I put them on full light, it's still looks dim and I can see with them at night when am driving, the heat suddenly comes on even without turning it on, am really scared now cause I don't want to get in an accident. Nissan needs to do something anout all this complaints especially with such high recalls .

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car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 7
Failure Date: 10/30/2014

I have read numerous accounts of the Nissan Altima being unable to start when the required brake/start button is used. I am having the same problem. When the brake is applied and the start button pushed, the acc light comes on then, if pushed again, the on light comes on (over the start button). Then when pushed again, the system shuts off. By trying several times and pumping the brake, the car will eventually start. Since this has been reported numerous times, there is obviously a defect in the car's parts/system. There should be a recall to have Nissan replace the faulty parts free of charge.

car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 8
Failure Date: 10/17/2014

Norfolk, virginia - my 2010 Nissan Altima with push button start failed to start. All other electrical seemed fine. I had just previously noticed the abs, vdc and slip warning lit while driving. After checking fuses, key fob batteries, etc. I attempted to pump the brakes several times and it finally started. Drove immediately to the dealer where I was told it was the brake lamp switch and harness which must be replaced at a cost of $550. 00. He seemed to know with out of even looking what the problem was. When I questioned him about such an expensive switch, he only said "this happens a lot with this model. " this should be recalled and fixed at Nissan's expense.

car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 9
Failure Date: 09/03/2014

I was trying to start my car and it would not start. The switch which allows the car to know you are pushing the brake did not work (push button ignition). I tried to put my key in the slot to start the car, but the car does not start if the car does not sense the brake is being pushed. This is a huge hazard. Good thing I was not stranded somewhere. I called Nissan with no help at all. A search on the internet revealed this is a problem that has not been addressed. The part number replaced is intermotor sl2110. Please respond with your investion on this. Thank you.

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car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 10
Failure Date: 07/07/2014

2009 Nissan Altima intermittently will not start. Car will only click over and unable to shift car into neutral. Air conditioning and radio work, but when you press on brake to start car nothing happens. Dealers were unable to duplicate problem, but have been got caught out many times when car would not start and had to notify aaa. This is a common problem with many Nissan's and it is not covered under any warranty or recall.


 
car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2013 Nissan Altima 11
Failure Date: 05/20/2014

While parking in a parking lot, brake pedal went to the floor and the car did not stop. In the first incident 5/20/14 there was no accident of damage. The car continued to travel through the intended parking space and drifted to a stop. The second incident 8/25/14 resulted in an accident where the driver's front impacted the driver's front of a car that was parked.

car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2012 Nissan Altima 12
Failure Date: 05/20/2014

When applying brake at low speeds (10-30 mph) the brake grabbed and threw occupants forward. On one occasion the wheels froze with brake pedal only 20% depressed. The problem is intermittent but repeatable. Dealer claims it is caused by defective brake power booster. Very dangerous failure mode. Not covered by warranty.

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car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2014 Nissan Altima 13
Failure Date: 05/06/2014

I stopped the car and believed I put it in park. I got out of the car--it did not move. I went to the rear passenger door and got my two year old out of her car seat. I placed her beside the car and shut the rear door. I walked around behind the car to the driver's door. I turned the car off like I always do. The car shut off--and suddenly without warning--began rapidly moving down my driveway. My baby was at the rear of the car and she usually follows me. I ran and had to jump in the moving car. The front left driver wheel nearly ran me over. I tried to gain control of this vehicle by desperately tried to stop it. I was rolling the speed of a skateboard released from the top of the driveway. The steering wheel had locked. I had to push hard on the brake. I stopped it and there were skidmarks on the asphalt. I stopped the car before it slammed into my neighbor's car. Had I not stopped it and risked personal injury there would have been a crash. I was scared to death to move and look. I thought my baby was dead. I thought the car had crushed her. My neighbor told me my daughter had been missed by inches. When I looked at the gearshift, it was in d. I have no idea how it shut off in drive. It almost killed my daughter, damaged personal property, and I am injured. I called Nissan consumer affairs: they stated that this happens "in all automatic cars. " which that is false. I called back to tell them I had friends and family with varying 2014 push button cars try and turn their cars off in d. None of them would turn off unless in park. What is someone was driving and accidentally hit the button on the freeway? loss of steering, brakes, control??? this is a fatal engineering problem. I know gm had a huge recall for similar. Nissan consumer affairs told me " there would be no recall" and that I should "be more careful. ".

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car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 14
Failure Date: 04/28/2014

Was driving to work on the highway using cruise control and then I tried to get out of cruise and step on the gas peddle but it got stuck, I realized I wasn't able to get over to the first lane due to traffic, so I tried to slow down to pull over to the median closest to the third lane, however, the brakes stopped working and I wasn't able to stop the vehicle, I even tried to press the button to shut the car off but it wouldn' shut down, there was no smell of smoke or anything and than as the car begin slowing on its own, all of a sudden smoke just poofed up and I grabbed my purse and phone and jumped out of the moving car . Ran away from the car and realize that I had taken my wallet out of my purse previous and I turned to go back but the car was engulfed in flames. I called 911 to get assistance.

car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2014 Nissan Altima 15
Failure Date: 04/21/2014

Shortly after purchasing my 2014 Nissan Altima my wife had pulled into our driveway and "pushed" the stop engine button while the shift lever was in drive and the engine shut off. The car immediately started to roll backwards out into the street into oncoming traffic. We were lucky it didn't cause a serious accident! this cars gear shift "does not" have to be in park in order to "push" the button that stops the engine it can be in drive and the engine will shut off and the car will start rolling if it is on a hill!. This is very dangerous because with-out the engine running you lose all your power steering and brakes! if this happened on a hill or steep mountain grade the car could roll over a cliff or out into oncoming traffic! I called Nissan about this malfunction many times and each time I was told "the car is operating as designed" please have them correct this problem ASAP before it causes an accident and someone is killed! [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2014 Nissan Altima 16
Failure Date: 04/21/2014

Shortly after purchasing my 2014 Nissan Altima my wife had pulled into our driveway and "pushed" the stop engine button while the shift lever was in drive and the engine shut off. The car imedeatly started to roll backwards out into the street into oncoming traffic. We were lucky it didn't cause a serious accident! this cars gear shift "does not" have to be in park in order to "push" the button that stops the engine it can be in drive and the engine will shut off and the car will start rolling if it is on a hill!. This is very dangerous because with-out the engine running you lose all your power steering and brakes! if this happened on a hill or steep mountain grade the car could roll over a cliff or out into oncoming traffic! I called Nissan about this malfunction many times and each time I was told "the car is operating as designed" please have them correct this problem ASAP before it causes an accident and someone is killed! best regards leslie bell 856-228-1432.

car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2014 Nissan Altima 17
Failure Date: 04/18/2014

The driver in front of me suddenly stopped and when I applied hard pressure on the brakes they did not react quickly, causing the car to continue rolling and hit the car in front of me. This is the second time it happened - the first time being in early September. Both times the car was either stationary or barely moving and a hard brake didn't respond like it should. This is third Nissan I have had (07 sentra, 99 Altima), and I have never had this problem and am familiar with the braking system.

car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2014 Nissan Altima 18
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

I have noticed that if you apply the emergency brake with cruise control on, it does not cut out the cruise control. I have noticed this on trips up and down I-95 in a car with a hand emergency brake. I have had numerous knee operations and on long trips I tried to just pull the emergency brake on while holding the button in. I did this because of trouble with my knees. I noticed that although the car did slow enough for what I needed the cruise was still on when I took the brake off. I realized that if someone tried this in an emergency situation that the engine would try to accel and all sorts of bad things would happen. I tried this in every make car that my friends and I have. No one cuts out the cruise control under this situation. I know the cars systems know the brake is being applied because the like comes up on the dash. It would be 1 simple program change to include the cut out. I believe this to be an important issue. Please take steps to remedy this. I have emailed this to numerous auto makers. Thank you, I have a confirmation (odi)#10585659 NHTSA and case# 621958 NHTSA what do I have to do in order to get this looked at? I registered a complaint on 4-1-2014 and sent a letter to them. I haven't heard anything.

car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2012 Nissan Altima 19
Failure Date: 03/10/2014

Pushed brake to start stopping, brakes shuttered. Let up on brake, then reapplied and it shuttered again. This continued. Checked brake fluid, it was down slightly, put in to fill. Problem better but still exists, now air compressor gone. . This car was bought in oct 2012 what a lemon. Thank goodness it is a lease. Noise under car since day bought. At 30 mph it sounds like something hits something under there. Dealer says, just nature of car. I do not buy that explanation.

car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 20
Failure Date: 02/07/2014

Trying to start my 2009 Nissan Altima, it would not start!!! the brakes were almost stuck and the car simply would not start! the lights in the car turned on with out a problem so I know it wasnt the battery, plus I changed it 2 years ago. After reading many many reviews, 2009 Nissan Altima are having issues with the start button, now I have to pay tow company to take to dealer and pay so much money. Please please Nissan help replace this!!.

car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 21
Failure Date: 02/01/2014

My 2009 Nissan Altima coupe with 63,200 miles would not start last Saturday, 2/1. The steering column was locked, the brakes were locked, and the push to start button would not light up or start the car. The red light for the key was flashing and the car could never be started. My vehicle was towed to leith Nissan in cary, nc where service members there said this was a common problem and currently have two other vehicles in line for the same part. The electrical part for the start button is on serious backorder and the company has such a high demand for it that even Nissan corporate is saying it will be a few weeks to get the part in. The service staff at leith Nissan in cary, nc said this problem has been common and that Nissan was not recalling this part though they have knowledge this a serious issue affecting many Nissan car owners for a some time now. Leith Nissan told me to call corporate and anyone else I could to raise this concern and that maybe something would be done. Hundreds of other Nissan owners have posted this exact problem online and filed claims as well. Nissan needs to recall the part and reimburse those affected for rental cars and other expenses. I called the Nissan corporate office demanding reimbursement for rental car fees. The NHTSA needs to put a stop to this and enforce Nissan to recall this part on all Altima's. Apparently this exact part has already been recalled on other Nissan vehicles.

car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 22
Failure Date: 01/03/2014

When I got into my car this morning, the steering column was locked up and breaks were hard to push. After trying a few times to start the vehicle, I noticed that the auto-theft must be on. I tried to put the fob in the manual ignition, but the fob got stuck and would not release. After several tries, the fob finally came out. The car still does not start and the auto-theft is still on. The battery is not bad because the car beeps when the door is open and the lights work. I am going to have to tow the vehicle in to get it repaired. There should be a recall on this problem.

car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 23
Failure Date: 12/30/2013

In morning, started car, drove down road short distance,went to stop at stop sign at highway and brakes were hard, wouldn't decompress at all, slid onto highway. Took to dealer, can't find anything wrong. It was in WI, was cold outside,parked outside at night. This also happened last year in winter, had it happen twice, once backing up after work and another at stop sign immediately after starting car where brake pedal was frozen and car wouldn't stop. Narrowly avoided accidents in these cases. Seems to work better after car warms up for a bit. Last year, Nissan dealer replaced the brake booster and closure valve which cost me over 617. 00 and it didn't happen again until this year. I am afraid to drive the car now since this has happened so many times to me. I could've been in very serious accidents or died because of this problem.

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car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 24
Failure Date: 08/30/2013

I pulled in a parking space, foot on the brake, and before I could put it in park the car accellerated and took off. The brakes would not stop the car. I went about twenty feet, over curbs, sidewalk, another parking space, avoiding cars, skid marks made, and finally directed the car toward a dumpster and it stopped. It is a miracle that someone in my path wasn't killed. The engine was pushed back and so the body shop connected with Nissan considered it a total loss.

car image   Service Brakes problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 25
Failure Date: 06/29/2013

On several occasions I have tried to start the car but the brake resists being pressed in. I press the push to start button but the car does not start, only the dashboard lights and radio come on (as though I am not pushing the break in). I took my car to the dealership and they said I needed to replace my brake switch and harness for the low, low price of $500. The problem is intermittent so they cannot guarantee that it will fix the problem. This needs to be addressed by Nissan immediately, as I see all over the web that everyone with a 2007 or 2008 Altima is having this problem. What are recalls for except for precisely this type of issue??.

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