Car will not accelerate while in drive or reverse

Asked by Feb 10, 2016 at 06:09 PM about the 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2005 Nissan Altima it's been driving just
fine until the other day ago well I was driving it out
of nowhere I tried to accelerate and there's no
power it did not go I push the pedal always down
to the floor and it was not accelerating like I had no
power then it would just barely roll I mean like it
must be in limp mode aka safe mode or something
in that matter so then the next day I got a brand
new battery then the car seemed like it was
running just fine for a few hours and the same
thing happen again no acceleration no power but
to top it all off I turn the car off try to turn the car
back on and it has no power like the battery is
dead please help and let me know what you guys
may think it could be I'm trying to fix it myself I did
not want to take it into a shop thank you.

4 Answers


You probably didnt need a new battery, what you need is a new alternator, you can check to confirm by charging the battery over night your car will work fine after, after you drive it and alternator wont do its job your throttle body starts to act up because its not getting good voltage.

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Agree with Met above, BUT check for corroded battery terminals first. My Nissan Murano is doing the same thing. I cleaned corrosion off once, and thought it was fixed for about two weeks. Same thing happened, so I bought some battery corrosion remover spray from parts store. Did same thing, but symptoms came back two days later. I'm thinking I will replace the corroded terminal this time - cost much less than alternator and can cause similar problems. Sounds like this is VERY common on Nissans - almost a recall issue if you ask me, because random accelerator problems can be extremely dangerous.

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I am having a problem with acceleration in my 2007 Nissan Murano The vehicle will not accelerate or go over 20 MPH with the pedal to the Floor Can you tell me what is the problem and has there been a re-call for this problem? Thanks Gerald B

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This happened to me on my nissan altima, on mine the alternator was not charging so i would check the alternator, because if the alternator is not charging than the battery is not being charged like it needs to, the voltage on the battery go down so all your modules start to act up and on my car the throttle body sensor was really acting up and it did what your explaining so i would check that first and than make sure your battery is good to if these are ok than i would go after the throttle body sensor but if that was bad it would throw a code.

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