1998 Infiniti I30 from North America - Comments

8th Apr 2010, 10:23

I own an Infiniti I30 1998 with 153k miles, and it started having problems turning on. I would be sitting there until it decided to turn on. I replaced the starter, but still had the same problem. Now when I turn the key, it simply will not turn on anymore. It doesn't make any type of noise, but when I turn the key it simply will not turn on or do anything. Does someone know what the problem might be? And if so, is there an easy, inexpensive way that I can fix it myself?

24th May 2010, 10:21

The reset process worked! Thanks - can't believe it!!

18th Jul 2010, 07:37

1998 I30t

I just tried it a few minutes ago and it worked!

Took me 2-3 times before I got the timing right.

That air bag light has been on for over a year now, and it took me 5 minutes to fix the problem for $0.00

Thank you 17th Feb 2006!

20th Jul 2010, 21:28

To fix airbag issue:

1. Make sure the airbag is in diagnostic mode – to two flashes – pause (could be set by unsuccessful previous attempt)

2. Open the door

3. Put the key in the On position

4. Press the door button 5-10 times during first 5 seconds

5. Wait 2 seconds – airbag light should disappear at least for a second (if it is started continuously flashing – go step 1)

6. Turn key to position 1 (do not go to Lock position)

7. Press and keep door button

8. Turn the key to the On position

9. Wait, if the airbag light disappears – you are set, if not, go to step 1

I hope it is helpful.

2nd Aug 2010, 09:00

The commenter from March 19, 2007 had the simplest and most correct idea to get the air bag light to stop blinking, and it worked for me. Took me less than 5 minutes to get the air bag light to stop blinking. Thanks!

29th Sep 2010, 12:02

Did the procedure to stop the air bag light from blinking and it worked! I have been driving around with this blinking for six months and feel dumb that I didn't check here for the fix!

Thanks so much for the tip.

12th Nov 2010, 22:51

I just bought a 1998 I30t with 160,000 miles. The car runs OK excepting for one problem. I floored the accelerator on a highway two or three times, then came off the highway on a local road, and the temperature gauge needle climbed to the point of over heating.

The previous owner has already changed the radiator antifreeze two months ago. I opened the hood and saw both the fans running and sucking in air through the condenser. I never noticed something like this on my other cars, one of which even has 277,000 miles.

Can anyone suggest what could be happening?

29th Dec 2010, 16:28

The reset procedure with the door switch worked the first time on my 1999 I30! My mechanic couldn't get a code readout and was at a loss.

Bill Mackinnon, Atlanta.

12th May 2011, 15:50

The 99 (or so) Infiniti illuminates the airbag light for about 7 seconds when the key is initially turned to the on position to ensure the light actually works. Then it should turn off. If it blinks, that means the diagnostic sensor has detected a problem. There is a diagnostic mode to help tell the user (mechanic) the problem.

Keep the door open. Turn the key to on (the dash warning lights come on). Press the drivers door switch (the little one near the bottom jamb) 5 times within 7 seconds of turning the key on. This puts the system into diagnostic mode.

If the light goes out, there's no current problem. But there has been one at some point (could have been a loose wire or some such thing).

If the light blinks, the PATTERN of the blinks will tell you where the problem has been detected. One long, two short, for instance, is the driver's side front air bag circuit. Note the pattern and do some searching. You should be able to at least get an idea which system is malfunctioning.

If the patterned blinking is more annoying than the original continuous one, you can go back to "user" mode by performing the key-on, 5 pushes of the switch process to go back.

DO NOT assume your problem has gone away just because the light is out. IT WILL COME BACK. And if the light is blinking, the air bag system has been disabled AND WILL NOT FUNCTION in an accident.

Unless you are a truly practiced and very good home mechanic, DO NOT mess with the airbag system Doing something wrong can deploy the airbags! You can be SERIOUSLY hurt if one of them hits you. And before you try ANYTHING regarding the airbag system (wiggling wires, etc.) disconnect BOTH battery terminals for at least 3 minutes before doing anything.

This was adapted from information in the OFFICIAL Infiniti shop manual. If you MUST work on the system, buy one.

9th Sep 2011, 11:19

I just want to say that it is not the product that is bad, sometimes (most) the repair shops are out to make money and will charge whatever they want to fix the simplest thing. I noticed that if you go to the repair shop, and they want to charge more for something, I think it is because the bills are due on the first, they've got you by the <<< to make you pay.

19th Oct 2011, 20:23

It took me a few tries, but the 3rd time was a charm. I even restarted the car two times just to be sure it wasn't a fluke. Thank you so much for posting this tip, it saved me a lot of time and money.

30th Oct 2011, 11:29

I have a 98 Infiniti, and used these steps to fix my air bag light that was blinking, and it worked great. Thank you for the posting.

25th Dec 2011, 16:17

Works!!! Thanks!! No more flashing airbag light!

28th Apr 2012, 16:46

I tried the above as well, however, I left the car door open at the end rather than shutting it. It worked on my 1999 I30!!!

1. Open car door.

2. Turn key to ON position.

3. Hit door switch light 7-10 times.

4. Wait 2-3 seconds.

5. Turn key back to locked position.

6. Leave car door open.

7. Start car.

Good luck.

11th Jun 2012, 10:00

It totally worked for me!!! Many thanks...

19th Dec 2012, 13:36

My air bag light keeps flashing - how can I fix the problem? I am driving an Infiniti I30 2001.

28th Jan 2013, 20:31

I had this problem on my 96 I30. Changed the ignition switch, and it worked.

Sometime later, it happened again, and the ignition itself was worn; mechanic fixed it.

Now at 477,000 miles, and it starts every time. Did wear out the switch again though during that period, before the ignition itself was changed.

The car had over 300,000 miles when the problem first occurred.

Hope this helps.

20th Feb 2013, 19:22

I have a 98 Infiniti I30. I got in my car one night and all of a sudden my dash lights and console light was not working. I have looked for a fuse, however I can't seem to find one for those lights. The gauges still work, just no lights. Can anyone help?

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