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My 1987 nissan d21 pickup wont turn over

My truck wont turn over it does sometimes and sometimes not. the starter and starter relays are good and the ign. switch is to but i wont turnover.

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  • Luxfamily Feb 25, 2009

    Hi I have a 87 Nissan pick up and it won`t start. I replaced the starter and it still does not start.I`ve checked the cables and I have power to the starter and when the key is turned to the start position I have power to one of the terminals on the solenoid. So where do I go from here.


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Hi Sir Lugnut
Thankyou for the advise, I did get it running finally and it ended up being a problem that came from the company that refurbished the starter in the first place. When they rebuilt the starters the guy put the terminals for the selnoid had switched them around so when I took the starter back they put it on the tester and it failed .Ten I told them that it sounded funny that a new starter wasn`t working so they took another one from their stock and tested it and it failed to, so they asked me to get it checked some where else and when I did the guy who did the test had trouble with it the first time to then he changed how he connectedit to the tester and it tested good, thats when I realized that they had the two wires turned around . I couldn`t get the wire connections out of the plug so I had to cut the wires and put on new ends to connect to the starter the way they wired it and it worked. So thank you again for your support and keep up the good work. Luxfamily.

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Hi rvnut

This sounds like a connection problem. I would suggest cleaning your battery terminals and cables with a battery brush. If any corrosion is present, check in your cables at the cable ends to make sure the corrosion has not gone down into the cable itself. If it appears that it has, I would replace the cable or cables. After that make sure they are good and tight, give it a spin and see what happens. If it does not start, check for damage along both cables. Check all cables on the positive side all the way down to the starter and make sure the ground cable is good and that it's connection to the frame, or it's grounding point, are tight and clean. I hope this cures your problem, but if not, let me know and we'll go from there.

If your cables are heavily corroded and you can't get new cables, you can try a mixture of water and baking soda to pour on and into the cables, this will eat away most of the corrosion.

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  • Sir_Lugnut Feb 25, 2009

    Hello Luxfamily, it sounds like your ignition switch is good, based on what you mentioned. I would double check your connections on the starter you replaced and then check your battery. A fully charged battery will read around 12.5 volts, a dead battery will be less than say 11.8 volts, you will need a voltmeter to do so. You could also watch your headlights and the idiot lights on the dash to see how much they dim when you attempt to start the vehicle. If the above suggestions do not work, you might have a short in your system or another component that is bad. Automotive electrical diagnostics are some of the most time consuming and can be quite expensive to remedy. Without being there with the vehicle, these are the only suggestions I can think of right now. Please let us know how you do and good luck.

    Sir Lugnut


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