NISSAN ALTIMA HYBRID 2008 L32A / 4.G First Responders Guide
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During overhaul, immobilize and disable the vehicle if not already done. Refer to the high voltage electrical
system disable procedure located in Extrication. The high voltage battery cover shouldneverbe breached or
removed under any circumstances, including fire. Doing so may result in severe electrical burns, shock and/or
Recovery/recyclingoftheNi-MH high voltagebattery
Clean up of the high voltage battery can be accomplished by the vehicle recovery crew without further concern
of runoff or spillage. For information regarding recycling of thehigh voltage battery, contact the nearestNissan
dealer or Nissan customer assistance at: United States: 1-800-NISSAN-1 (1-800-647-7261) or inCanada:
The Altima Hybrid contains the same common automotive fluids used in other non-hybridNissan vehicles, with
the exception oftheNi-MH electrolyte used in thehigh voltagebattery.TheNi-MH battery electrolyte is a
caustic alkaline (pH 13.5) that is damaging to human tissues.The electrolyte, however, is absorbed in the cell
plates and should not normally spill or leak out even if a battery module is cracked.Both the metal batterycase
and the plastic battery modules could be breached if a catastrophic crash occurred.
To neutralize a lead-acid battery electrolyte spill, a diluted boric acid solution or vinegarcan be used to
neutralize aNi-MH battery electrolyte spill similar tothe use of baking soda.
Electrolyte leakage from the high voltage battery is unlikely due to the batteryconstruction and the amount of
available electrolyte contained within theNi-MH modules. Any spillage would not warrant a declaration asa
hazardous material incident. Firstresponders should follow the recommendations as outlined in this
emergency response guide.
In an emergency,Nissan Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)are available by contacting:
United States: CHEMTREC at 1-800-424-9300
Canada: CANUTEC at *666 or 1-613-996-6666 (collect)
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Emergency responders may not be familiar with aNi-MH electrolyte exposure when rendering aid to a patient.
Exposure to the electrolyte is unlikely except in a catastrophic crash or through improper handling. Utilize the
following guidelinesin the event of exposure.
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Nissan Altima Hybridroadside assistance may be handled like conventionalNissan vehicles, except as noted
in the following pages.
The AltimaHybrid is a frontwheeldrive vehicle and it must be towed with the front wheels off the ground.
Failure to do somay cause serious damage to the hybridsystemcomponents.
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1.Locate the HEV fusible link box located behind the engine air
2.Push the tab(A)in and lift up to remove the lid and expose the
remote positive (+) battery terminal (B).
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3.If the booster battery is in another vehicle, position the vehicles(E) and (F) shown in the illustration
below, to bring the batteries near each other.
Do not allow the two vehicles to touch.
4.Apply the parking brake. Move the shift lever to P (Park). Switch off all unnecessary electrical systems
(lights, heater, air conditioner, etc.).
5.Removethevent caps(if so equipped)on theboosterbattery andcover the battery with an old cloth
(G) to reducetheexplosion hazard.
6.Connect jumper cables in the sequence illustrated (A), (B), (C), (D).
7.Start the engine of the booster vehicle and let it run for a few minutes.
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8.Hold down the brake pedal and press the START button. The
vehicle instrument cluster will light up, and theREADYoperation
indicatorlight(green) will come ON.
9.After theREADYoperation indicatorlight(green)in the instrument
cluster comes ON, carefully disconnect the negative cable and
then the positive (+) cable.
10.Replace the vent caps (if so equipped). Be sure to dispose of the cloth used to cover the vent holes, as
it may be contaminated with corrosive acid.
The high voltagebatteryCANNOT be jump started.