What would cause the brake and battery dummy lights to come on as your car loses power and dies?

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Asked by Jan 22, 2014 at 04:36 PM about the 2002 Nissan Maxima SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The parking brake is not on, the battery is brand new and the car will start after a jump, it just dies if you slow down or stop.  I just replaced the alternator w/the battery.  It seems to not be getting any power or gas to the engine.

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Brake light usually means the brake fluid reservoir is low on fluid, inspect it for leaks. Not sure what's going on with the power issue. Is the CEL on?

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Ok, got it about the brake fluid and think it is low, so will refill but I don't know what a CEL is.

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After replacing the alternator, did you check for 14+ volts while running at the battery? With the engine running, using a voltmeter, place the red probe on the + side of battery, black probe on - side. Turn voltmeter to DC voltage and see what it reads. It should be 14 or more volts with engine running. Assuming the alternator is new and good, look in the owners manual for a fuse box diagram. Is there any fuse labeled ALT? If so, check it, it might be bad and never needed an alternator to begin with. Also, the wiring from the alternator to the battery may be bad, preventing the battery from charging.

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Thank you so much for the useful information. I'm having the guy that replaced my alternator check out my car this weekend and will pass this on. Thanks again!

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I dont have an answer. But i was having the same problem and i just checked the ALT fues and that was the problem... after changing the alternator and battery it was a fues... thanks for this info thou

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I started my car look down my battery and brake light was on what could cause that.

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I put a valve gasket cover set on my 2002 Nissan Maxima then the next morning my break and battery light came on now my whole car is dead I had to unlock the door with my key but the car has no power what could be wrong??

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