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My maxima doesn't always start.

Two years ago we replaced the battery, last summer the alternator was replaced and the end of November we replaced the starter. The car has approximately 120,000 miles and has always been well maintained. Recently we started have problems starting the car, sometimes it will take 3 or 4 times to start. Do you have any ideas what may be causing this?

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  • bigmare4 Feb 16, 2009

    The last tuneup was done at 60,000 miles

  • bigmare4 Feb 16, 2009

    the engine cranks but it doesn't start...the terminals/wires are clean on the battery...it was tuned up at 65,000 miles. We checked the plugs and they were white carbon coated...How often do you suggest a fuel filter?

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    3 or 4 times ? Does engine crank over, or nothing at all?

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Certainly a fuel filter would be a good idea, and as far as when it should be changed, I tend to go a little overboard with that I guess, because I have to get fuel at different places most times, which leaves me open for some dirty fuel at times. Plus I figure if pump has to work harder because of a partially clogged filter, then that will shorten the life of the pump. (the old spend a little now, to avoid the big bills as long as possible.) Here's one thing to try though. When starting it, turn key to ON only, not start, then off, then back to On, then off. Do that 2 or 3 times, then try to start it and see what happens. If it starts right up good, then that's an indication that the pump is having trouble getting the fuel up there at the right pressure for starting, either because of clogged filter, or weak pump, or both. You got 10 or 11 years out of that pump if it's still original, so it may be time, but I'd try filter first, and if that doesn't cure it, a simple fuel pressure test can be done to confirm that pump is getting weak. If you can get a ballpark price from someone in the area on testing your fuel pressure, and it isn't too rediculous, get it tested before & after filter to see if pressure comes up at all. Let us know how you make out.

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You didn't state when the last tune up was?
I would have your fuel injected system serviced( clean injectors, check all vacuum hoses for cracks or leaks.Make sure battery connections are CLEANED and cables are not FRAYED, while you are at it make sure connections to starter are good and tight

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