Just wanted to let everyone know that on the 96 and 97 Maximas, there is a recall on the alternators. It does not apply on ALL alternators on those years but I have seen a lot of them that fall in this recall. What you have to do is look on the alternator for a colored sticker on it. There are 3 different colors. Red, green and silver. If you have a red sticker(may look orange) or a green sticker, you get a brand new shiny alternator from Nissan. If you have a silver sticker on it, this is the correct one. You will not get a new alternator. To find the sticker on the alt., look right next to where the power wire is bolted to the alt. The sticker is right next to that. If your car gets the alternator, call up the dealer and make an appointment to get this replaced, free of charge.