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2009 Nissan Altima 2.5S Car won't start, I had an issue with

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2009 Nissan Altima 2.5S Car won't start
JA: Have you checked the battery, particularly the terminal connections? Are they corroded?
Customer: I had an issue with the Electronic Steering Column switch thing.
JA: Are you fixing your Altima yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I bought a new part and it arrived today I installed it. But I'd left my glove box open for the last week or so. Now I have a dead battery.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: When i tried to jump it, I was connecting the jumper cables and the security system went off. So I disconnected everything and it quit. I put the jumper cables back on and tried again, and let it run for 5-10 min with light gas and it still wouldn't make a noise. That's all I've got.
Submitted: 20 days ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  Jay replied 20 days ago.

Hello my name is ***** ***** thank you for your question.

Does the engine turn over and try to start?

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
It does not.
Expert:  Jay replied 20 days ago.

Does the ignition turn on and off if you don't step on the brake pedal?

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Nope. It acts like a giant brick.
Expert:  Jay replied 20 days ago.

Does the head lights turn on? Did you charge the battery or do you still have jumpers on the car?

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Headlights do not turn on. I took the jumper cables off to come inside for dinner and do some research.
Expert:  Jay replied 20 days ago.

Well, the first thing you need to do is make sure the battery is fully charged, or you have a good connection when you hook up the jumper cables. Using the head lights to turn them on, would help determine if you have a good connection.

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Ok. I'll start there. I'll report back in about 20.
Expert:  Jay replied 20 days ago.

ok..

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
I've connected the jumper cables and the other vehicle has been running for a few minutes. Still can't get the lights to come on. Did I kill my battery?
Expert:  Jay replied 20 days ago.

If the head lights are not coming on, you may have blown the main fusible link. That is connected to the positive battery terminal. Here is a image of what it looks like. I normally recommend to remove it and hold it up to the light to see if it's blown.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/105565483/Fusible%20link%201b.jpg

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Any suggestions on getting that part off? I'm 240# ***** pulling as hard as I can and it isn't budging.
Expert:  Jay replied 20 days ago.

You need to disconnect the negative battery cable. Then use a 10 mm wrench and remove the positive battery terminal. Then remove the 12 mm nuts off the fusible link and unplug the two connectors on the back of it. Then it comes right off.

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
I'm just going to have someone come by tomorrow and look at it.
Expert:  Jay replied 20 days ago.

Can you take a picture of the Fusible link and share it with me? Maybe I can see if it's blown or not for you.

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
I couldn't get the part off. It is screwed on ridiculously tight and despite my best effort, it wouldn't budge.
Expert:  Jay replied 20 days ago.

That's ok.. Do you think you can take a picture of it and show me?

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
No, I'm going to have a professional come over tomorrow and do it for me.
Expert:  Jay replied 20 days ago.

Ok.. Let me know if you have any more questions on this and how you make out.

Thanks Jay!

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