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1999 Maxima - Sometimes it does not start.

Hi, okay so I have this 1999 Maxima and it has had a little bit of problem starting for the past two weeks. Two different ocassions, it just would not start. The battery and the alternator are new, - the radio and lights work, the alarm works. The first time it hapenned I just popped open the hood and kinda tapped around the engine in a few places, tried and boom it started. Heh..I don't know why. It continued to work fine for about a week and a half, then this past Friday..again, no start. I tried my little tapping thing but this time it did not start. Went away for the weekend and this morning, before I called the tow truck I went back and did the exact same thing..tap tap tap around the engine and boom it started. What is up with it? I drove it to the dealer and they gave me a laundry list - thousands of dollars worth of "things" but the only one the seems like it would actually affect starting the car is the "crank & cam position sensors" I doubt that replacing the valve cover gasket would help my car start any more consistently. What do you think? Their diagnostic did not say anything about the starter. When I turn the key, there is not sound, no attempt to start...just the electrical stuff goes on, the alarm and the radio and the panel lights up. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  • ndmarcano Nov 25, 2008

    Thanks! I have no clue about mechanics but it does sound like the starter, doesn't it? Of course I have no idea where the starter is or what it looks like. Time to do some web research! Thanks again!

  • darrell Bryant Jan 04, 2012

    With a tap tap working every now and again, you may have a loose ground wire SOMEWHERE? Mine was located behind the motor near heater hoses...was connected but loose ...I tightened down and more problems..its something you sometimes STUMBLE on while trying to trouble shoot...good luck and beware of the dealer....$$$$$$...valve cover gasket may need replacing but LOL sh


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It sounds like you have bad contacts in the starter assembly, next time it wont start tap the starter and try again, it most likely needs a starter replacement.

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