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Today as I was driving my 2000 Frontier 2.4L, the air bag light began flashing then some other warning lights. The truck shuttered then died. Nothing at that point. Not even dash lights.

Any ideas?

Alternator? If so, how do you remove it? It looks like there is zero room to get it out.

I did a search on here, but struck out.

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Do you have a digital volt meter? The problem could be something as simple as a corroded battery cable. If you have a Harbor Freight around they frequently run a coupon for a free DVM with any purchase. Measure battery voltage across the positive cable and an engine ground.
 

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Any ideas?

Alternator? If so, how do you remove it? It looks like there is zero room to get it out.
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Coach - if the alternator died completely while driving, the engine would still run for maybe 50 miles or so just from the battery. And by the way: I have 1998 and 2004 Frontiers with same engine, and R&R of the alternator is pretty straightforward. I think the right wheel and fender protector come off to make access.


Today as I was driving my 2000 Frontier 2.4L, the air bag light began flashing then some other warning lights. The truck shuttered then died. Nothing at that point. Not even dash lights.

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Yeah - you're lucky !!! Because the only time one can troubleshoot such issue is when it's not working. Thing to start with is why the dash lights are not working, must start at battery positive cable/terminal and work through the system with a DC voltmeter or DC test light to find where the positive voltage is stopping. Start with fusible links and fuses that are in the circuit to the dash warning lights.

If the engine won't even crank, test up through the electrical part of the ignition switch. I had a bad one on my 1998 about 100K ago.
 

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he doesn't seem to interested in our help as he has not replied
 

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Yep, gave him a good video on where his alternator's located, and how to remove it. Answering his 1st question.
 

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Hey guys,

I apologize for the delay. In addition to the truck, I was dealing with a family member being in the hospital. They're still there, but looks like they will make it now.

I appreciate all the replies and advice.

Thanks for the video. I'll go through it tonight when I get home.

It looks like the problem was just a bad battery cable. Replaced the cable and all seems well.

Now I'm on to replacing the shocks, upper and lower control arms or ball joints, tie rod ends etc. It looks like little or no maintenance was done on the truck prior to it being given to me.

Thanks
Coach
 
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