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2001 Nissan Sentra loses power

I have a 2001 Nissan Sentra with about 78,000 miles on it. After driving for a while, all of the lights on the dashboard will quickly flash on and off. Then during the next couple of miles or so they will flash a few more times before staying on and then the car will completely lose power. We just had the crank position sensor replaced and this did not solve the problem. And of course, the car will not die for the mechanic. I can drive it for a couple of miles to run errands and the car runs fine, but if my husband takes it to drive to work, which is about 9.4 miles, it will die on him, especially if traffic is a little heavier and he has to be in the car longer. If anyone has any suggestions for repair, I would greatly appreciate it.

Sounds like maybe a bad primary ground or loose cable, possibly on or near the battery.

Intermittent problems are always a pain, but a good long thorough test drive with your mechanic would be a good place to start.

When this first occurred, we were told we needed a new battery, which we replaced, and ended up replacing one of the leads to the battery since it was fairly corroded. The problem persisted, which led to the sensor replacement. I don’t know how long the mechanic has driven the car to try to get it to act up, but it’s been back a couple of times to try to get this figured out.

Sounds like you have a bad alternator.
You should have it tested, and see why it’s not charging.


The alternator was ruled out when we had the battery replaced and then again when the car cut out again. It was tested at three different shops.