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#1 Old 09-17-2010, 01:14 PM
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Engine will not turn over sometimes.

I have a 2001 Nissan Xterra that starts 95% of the time. When I put the key in and turn the ignition and it will not crank or turn over. I do not get any dimming lights or clicking noises, just nothing. The batterty is new and all light turn on when I turn the ignition (Radio as Well). I have found that if I close the door and reset the alarm on then off again then sometimes it will turn over and start up just fine.

The engine does not have any issues starting up if the engine turns over.

I bought my Xterra new off the lot and was hoping to get a few more years out of her before we part our seperate ways. This morning it would not start at all no matter what I tried and I ended up driving the wifes mini-van to work.

Any help on what to try out is greatly accepted.

Thanks in advance.

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#2 Old 09-17-2010, 01:27 PM
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check the door switches are working freely.

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By chance is your X a manual transmission? If so, there is a switch attached to the clutch pedal that will keep it from starting unless the clutch is engaged. To see if that switch is bad, press the "Clutch Start Cancel" button and try starting it again. If it works then the button on the clutch is bad. It should be pretty cheap to replace, but I'm sure it is a dealer only part.

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Its an automatic so I dont think the clutch pedal is it.

The door switch seem to be fine. Xterra will normaly start with door open or closed.
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Its an automatic so I dont think the clutch pedal is it.

The door switch seem to be fine. Xterra will normaly start with door open or closed.
OK, there is another option, but harder to diagnose from home. There is a switch on the auto transmission that tellis it it is in Park or Neutral. It will only start in those positions. If that switch has gone bad then it won't start. Unless somebody else has a self diagnosis procedure, that will likely be a trip to the shop to have fixed. However, I don't recall them being too expensive, and labor shouldn't be too much either.

Oh, I think that the offending part is called the neutral safety switch.

The last thing that I can think of would be the main relay. They were bad to go out in Hondas, but I am not familiar with them being a problem in Nissans.

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the safety switch on center counsel could be out of adjustment.

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I will read up and try a few thing. Where is the
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Is there a click? or rapid clicking? Take a pic of your battery for me.


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There is no clicking which most of the time is the battery. It is less than a year old the cables are in good condition. I will check to make sure the they are tight on the post but I think the problem is elsewhere.
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Got ya. How about the body ground? and the ground at the block? Just because it is a year old doesn't mean that it isn't a POS.


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