After replacing a 5 year old battery with a brand new one,the orange check engine light comes on and the starter does not crank at all.It was starting reliably before the battery change.I checked all the fuses and fusible links and they are all good.
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Re: 1991 240sx-starter will not work
Ok maybe the battery maybe wrong as in not enough voltage amperage to kick it over. Or maybe what happend to me is somehow between my battery dying and the car shutting off somehow the starter got stuck. Try putting it in another gear and role it a bit. If not pull the starter which is not that hard and try to start it while its off the motor. Caution thats a last resort option. Be careful please ive done it but be careful with the connection and the starter itself when trying to spin it. Dont know ur situation but i would check the battery and all the connection and see if the terminal are correct.
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I guess I will start by saying we can only guess because we are not there in person. My first question would be, where is the noise coming from ? If it is the starter, you could have missing teeth on the flywheel and nothing for the starter to engage. Depending on the make model and year, if you have a starter relay other than the one on the starter it could be faulty. As long as you have 12 volts and a couple hundred amps of power at the starter post, and a good ground, the starter should turn. If the neutral safety switch was faulty you would get nothing when you turn the key. And the alternator would not come into play until after the engine starts. Can you turn the engine by hand ? Can you jump the starter with a screwdriver or jumper wire and make it turn ?
On the firewall is the starter motor relay. There are 2 large battery sized cables to it, and 1 smaller ( 16 AWG ) wire that is orange or orange with a stripe ( forget the color, want to say white or tan ).
When you turn the key to the start position, check the smaller gauge wire for +12 V. The case should be ground. If you do not get +12 on the orange wire, try starting the truck in neutral ( apply the parking brake, chock the wheel, etc normal safety precautions ). Test for +12 V at the small wire. This is the output of the DTR ( Digital Transmission Range ) sensor or in common terms the Neutral switch. The start position on the ign switch runs through the DTR to the starter motor relay coil. If you have a stick, the DTR is replaced by the Clutch Pedal Position Switch ( clutch must be pushed in to start ). If you have power to this ( at the times the truck won't start ) next is to check the both battery cable ends to see if they are corroded and making intermittent contact ( not probable but possible ).
It could be the battery. How old is the battery. They are only rated for so many years. Most batteries are rated for 5 years, however some cheap ones are rated for 2 years. After this time, the battery will lose some capacity meaning it will have the power to power things like cd player, lights, etc that do not require much power. However, to start the engine requires massive amounts of power that the battery can give out while under that year range. After the battery leaves this range, it does not have the capacity to start and engine. If you battery is old, and you suspect something like this might be happening, take the car to an auto store like Autozone. They should be more than happy to check you battery with their tool to see if it still has the capacity to start your engine. Hope this helps
Could be your starter, battery or fuel sys. Most common are starter and / or battery. Regarding the battery, make sure your terminals are clean and the battery is securely fastened to them. If you turn the key and absolutely nothing happens then check your battery connections as stated above. If they look good but the battery is old (3-5 years), and still no start - replace battery.
If the starter is the issue, you will hear a distinct, slightly disconcerting sound coming from underneath passenger side area of the engine compartment. This is the sound of the starter trying to engage the engine - but without success. You can take it to any shop and have it replaced for $200-$500 out the door depending on what brand starter you have installed. PEP boys has them for $107.00 plus a $95/hr install fee (the jobs takes about 1 hour).
If your fuel system is the culprit (make sure you're not out of gas first) it is most likely a faulty fuel pump (common) or clogged fuel filter.
Remove starter by 1) removing battery cables from battery. 2) jack up front of car, put safety jacks under car frame. 3) block back wheel and put on emergency brake. 4) remove the plastic cover next to tranny. 5) remove 2 bolts that hold stater to engine, lower starter, and remove positive cable, and starter solenoid wire (the small one) mark everyhting so you know where they go(take a picture with you phone camera) 6) take starter to a reliable auto parts place where they can test it.
I recommend getting an actual voltage, ampres check to see what the alternator is putting out, volts and amps. You should be able to get the charging, battery load test and the starter draw all tested together. That's where I would start.
First clean all battery terminals ensure there is no corrotion, after cleaning them light coat with a dab of grease to protect from further corrosion.
Although the lights may work, the battery may not have enough power to kick the starter over.
Since you specified no noise, suggest you check the starter solenoid first. Ensure the battery is good and holding the charge.
5 years old, time for a new one. 3 years old, need to have it check for CCA (Cold Cranking Amps)
Ensure your alternator is working properly. May not be charging the battery.