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Nissan Altima No Start

Nissan Altima Cranks but won’t start

If you have a Nissan Altima No Start, or a Nissan Altima Cranks But No Start issue and your vehicle is listed in the covered vehicles below, this service bulletin may apply to you. Nissan has issued a technical service bulletin # EL10-030 Reference NTB10-139 to address a Nissan Altima No Start, or a Nissan Altima Cranks in these vehicles:

2007 – 2010 Altima Sedan (L32) with CVT only

2008 – 2010 Altima Coupe (CL32) with CVT only

2007 – 2010 Altima Hybrid (L32HV)

Nissan describes the issues as a Nissan Altima No Start, or a Nissan Altima Cranks with these conditions:

The engine will not crank (or go to READY MODE – Hybrid) when pressing the push-button ignition switch and applying the brake pedal. Further, Nissan adds that the accessory and IGN on modes can be turned on and off during this condition.

The fix is to install a new brake lamp switch and sub-harness with those listed in PARTS INFORMATION. The faulty brake switch is preventing start up.

NOTE: The faulty and redesigned stop lamp switches are not interchangeable. The stop lamp switch listed above must be used with the new wiring harness.



brake switch wiring harness for nissan altima

New wiring harness


brake light switch for nissan altima

Updated Brake Switch













1) Disconnect the negative battery cable (12v auxiliary battery – Hybrid).

2) Remove the driver side instrument dash end panel

3) Remove the fuse block cover.

4) Remove the screw behind the fuse block cover

5) Detach the driver side instrument lower cover and lower the cover

6) Disconnect the in-vehicle sensor tube and connector (if so equipped)

7) Position the instrument lower cover outside the door opening

8) Remove the driver side console trim panel

9) Remove the connector duct

10) Position the new wiring harness relay pack under the heater and cooling assembly

11) Route the wiring harness over the top of the steering member stay

12) Disconnect the stop lamp switch connector, and then replace the stop lamp switch with the redesigned part

13) Connect the wiring harness to the new switch

14) Secure the wiring harness with zip ties, while making sure it does not come in contact with the steering column lower shaft.

15) Remove the nut, install the ground eye loop on the stud, and then reinstall the nut

16) Reconnect the negative battery cable.

17) Verify the engine starts normally.

18) Reinstall removed parts.

NOTE: For Hybrid vehicles only: The VDC light will be ON after the 12v auxiliary battery is disconnected. To turn off the light, drive the vehicle straight for five (5) seconds at or above 22 MPH.

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