How to Replace a Starter Relay on a 1997 Nissan Altimaby Tara Kimball
When the starter does not engage in your 1997 Nissan Altima, the relay may have burned out. You can change the relay easily at home, without the need for a repair appointment. Save time and money by buying a replacement relay from an auto-parts retailer and changing it at home. You can have your car back on the road in minutes.
Raise the hood of your Altima. Locate the Intelligent Power Distribution Module, or IPDM, near the battery in the front, passenger side of the engine compartment. Take off the cover on the IPDM by lifting the tab.
Locate the square, starter relay in the IPDM. The starter relay is the only square plug found inside the IPDM. Grasp the relay and pull it straight out.
Insert a new relay into the IPDM. Push the relay straight down into place until it stops. Close the cover on the IPDM, making sure the latch clicks to secure it.
Close the hood of the Altima. Start the engine to test the starter relay.
- “1997 Nissan Altima Factory Service Manual”; Nissan USA; 1996
Tara Kimball is a former accounting professional with more than 10 years of experience in corporate finance and small business accounting. She has also worked in desktop support and network management. Her articles have appeared in various online publications.