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How do you connect wires for a 2007 Nissan Altima alternator

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How do you connect wires for a 2007 Nissan Altima alternator harness? The part we purchased has 3 colors (one per wire) and the wires to be connected in the car are all one color.
Submitted: 12 months ago via OnlineAutoRepair.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  KALAMYKID replied 12 months ago.

What size engine do you have in your car?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
4 cylinder
Expert:  KALAMYKID replied 12 months ago.

The three wire colors you have in the cars wire harness are brown, yellow with a blue strip and a gray wire correct?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
The wires on the one we purchased are red, green, and black and in the car are light brown with a black stripe, dark brown and light brown
Expert:  KALAMYKID replied 12 months ago.

Please post the vin number for this car so I can look up the correct information for you.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Are you still there?
Expert:  KALAMYKID replied 12 months ago.

Yes I am here. I need the vin number for this car so I can look up the correct information for you.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
The vin is 1N4AL21E67C173327
Expert:  KALAMYKID replied 12 months ago.

Do you have a digital volt meter?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
No we don't
Expert:  KALAMYKID replied 12 months ago.

Do you have a test light?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
we do
Expert:  KALAMYKID replied 12 months ago.

With the ignition switch in the off position see what wire has 12 volts on it please.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Okay then what's next?
Expert:  KALAMYKID replied 12 months ago.

Please check it so I will know what you need to do next.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
I'm sorry but can we just get the steps in what you'd do? I'm doing the research and relaying the messages
Expert:  KALAMYKID replied 12 months ago.

I need to know the test results to know what to have you do next. Each test result may have a differant next step.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
How long are you going to be available? Or is it possible for you to give me a set of options on how to do it? I'm not able to get test results at the moment
Expert:  KALAMYKID replied 12 months ago.

I will be online for a while. Just let em know when you are ready to go forward and I will be here for you.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Do you know of a diagram we can follow?
Expert:  KALAMYKID replied 12 months ago.

The only diagram I have has the wrong color for the wires. So I will hve to talk you through fixing this one wire at a time.

Expert:  KALAMYKID replied 12 months ago.

If you test the wrong thing the wrong way, you can burn out the ecu.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Or if the wire with the stripe is the 12 volt what would be the next step? If it were the light brown then what, etc
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
We understand that but would you be able to send us a copy of that diagram?
Expert:  KALAMYKID replied 12 months ago.

I can not give you a bunch of what ifs. If I do and you test the wrong thing you can damage the computer and that will cost you a lot of money to replace.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Okay, I understand here's the next question I'm relaying, the part we purchased that connects to the alternator, the three wires are red, green and black, which is positive, negative and neutral?
Expert:  KALAMYKID replied 12 months ago.

It does not work that way. They all can have positive power on them depending on the position of the ignition switch.

Expert:  KALAMYKID replied 12 months ago.

That is why I have to walk you though this step by step, and each step depends on the test results of the last step.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
How do you test the three wires coming out of the alternator for positive voltage, ground and neutral?
Expert:  KALAMYKID replied 12 months ago.

They are not grounds and neutrals. They are all hot at a differant time, depending on the position of the ignition switch.

Expert:  KALAMYKID replied 12 months ago.

I am trying to help you with out you destroying the computer for the car.