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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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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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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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I got home from work and tried to start my "X". Nothing.... (The hampster wheel starting turning) so I decided to move the transmision shifter back and a little bit. I try the ignition and BOOM it starts up just fine.


What does that tell me???? Is there some way the "neutral safety switch" may not be engaging. Is there a cable that handles this process?

As I said in the original post that it happens about 5% of the time. So when it happens again I will try the shifter movement again and see if it works.
 

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That's because you are the man, and tNCphototrekker deserves some rep points!
 

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X is still starting fine for now. Will keep all updated when it happens again and weather or not the shifter moving up and down makes it turn over.
 

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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.
I have manual and no clutch cancel button? It’s an s model. I am having same issue not turning over not clicking. Battery is good connections are clean and tight
 

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I got home from work and tried to start my "X". Nothing.... (The hampster wheel starting turning) so I decided to move the transmision shifter back and a little bit. I try the ignition and BOOM it starts up just fine.


What does that tell me???? Is there some way the "neutral safety switch" may not be engaging. Is there a cable that handles this process?

As I said in the original post that it happens about 5% of the time. So when it happens again I will try the shifter movement again and see if it works.
sounds like the shifter cable is loose, check tension
 
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