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A check engine light can indicate a broad spectrum of problems with your 1998 Nissan Altima. In some cases you need to pull over immediately to prevent damage while in others you merely need to tighten you gas cap next time you stop in order to reset the service engine soon light. The video above shows how to locate the on board diagnostics (OBD) plug on your 1998 Altima, how to read the trouble codes and how to reset or clear the check engine light using a scanner on your Altima.
Intermittent Check Engine Light: If the check engine light on your 1998 Altima is intermittent, try to take note of the conditions when this happens. For example, does it happen when you accelerating, driving on the highway or does it appear at low speeds? This will help your mechanic evaluate the issue. Steady Check Engine Light: If your check engine light is on every time you operate your Altima, you need to have it checked as soon as possible, especially if you notice performance problems or unusual noises. Flashing Check Engine Light: If your check engine light is flashing, stop driving your Altima and have it towed to your nearest mechanic - you probably have a very serious problem with your car and you risk ruining your engine by driving it. If you are unsure about what your diagnostic trouble codes mean; have your Altima diagnosed by a professional automotive technician.
On many cars, the high beam bulb runs at reduced power during the day - check 'em and change 'em!1998 Nissan Altima GXE 2.4L 4 Cyl.
White light when you back up - yup, they burn out and you can replace them with bright LEDs1998 Nissan Altima GXE 2.4L 4 Cyl.
If your transmission is running low on fluid, be sure to add some - find out how to do this here!1998 Nissan Altima GXE 2.4L 4 Cyl.
Flushing the coolant in your car is not that hard and will extend the life of your engine tremendously - learn how here!1998 Nissan Altima GXE 2.4L 4 Cyl.
Animals love the sweet smell of antifreeze, too bad it's toxic! Fix your minor leaks1998 Nissan Altima GXE 2.4L 4 Cyl.
Help keep your car as responsive as you are by maintaining proper power steering fluid levels1998 Nissan Altima GXE 2.4L 4 Cyl.