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Test Inhibitor Switch

Nissan Altima will not start. Turn key to start mode and nothing happens. A few clicking sounds in fuse area but they appear to be normal. Used Ohm meter to test Ignition Switch and appears fine. Tried starting in N and P and tried moving gear selector but nothing (Never was able to start in Neutral) Before trying to remove starter/solenoid which looks like a big job, I'd like to test the Inhibitor Switch. Anyone know how to test the I/S?

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  • gerry bissi May 11, 2010

    it's an inhinitor relay. I would just change it.



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HELLO I HAVE A 95 NISSAN ALTIMA THAT DID THIS SAME THING AND IT WAS THE STARTER CHANGE THE STARTER AND YOUR PROBLEMS FIXED

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