Question about 1986 Nissan Maxima

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Car will not start or starts and shuts off (power and all)

I was runing the car with no clutch fluid. It would occassional cut off on me while I was driving but I would just drop the clutch to kick start it and drive on without missing a beat.
Once I was aware there was no clutch fluid I added some only to find now the car will not start. I thought it was the battery but it would not take a jump from another vehicle. Then I cleaned the terminals and I hooked it up to jump it again...It started with only itself hooked to the cables!
Then I checked and the battery gauge was normal. I was letting it run figuring the terminals being cleaned was the problem when it died on me again.
So once again my car will not start, there is no electrical, no click or anything. It is a 1986 Maxima and I just bought it from someone who took very poor care of it. What is my next move?

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Maybe you really got a dead battery because of the kick starts you've done due to the defective clutch system, The normal reading you got was the output from the alternator not the battery. And since the alternator was overworked (due to the dead battery), rectifying diodes inside could have been damaged.

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There are 2 wires going into the relay box, right by the battery. They are white and pretty beefy. Those wies are held in / attached by 2 screws. you will have to somewhat open up the relay box to see those 2 white wires and 2 bolts. Those bolts hold the 100amp fusable link (main fusable link) . check those bolts and make sure they are tight. 8mm bolt heads.

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SOURCE: car starts with jump and drives but wont start by itself

well if the altenator is charging it will run after getting a jump, you replied you put a battery charger on it but that dont mean the cold cranking amps are good or it could have a dead cell. I would have the battery tested for sure. If you didnt drive far after jump the altenator may be bad but having the battery charged and still does it tells me it is least likely. If the battery tests good the cables could be corroded under the sheath where you cant see. There are other reasons but from what you have posted sounds like you need a battery most auto stores test them for free (load test also)

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you need to have someone check the battery cable ends, sounds like you are loosing the ground circuit, when this happens the anti theft system will set, and you will losse the radio memory, probly just replae the battery cable ends and that should take care of the problem...good luck

let me know if there is any thing else you need.

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