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Starting issues Greetings Jay, It appears my 95 Pathfinder is having a like issue, and after haviing a new started installed, as well as the 2 relays on the Drvrs side, one is the Inhibitor relay I believe, A/Trans, 6 cyl, the car started great for about 2 weeks, then started its random no start routine. Also, purchased the Chiltons manual, and they dont show a starter relay at all, only the Inhibitor relay..???? Cars original owners manula pack came with an alarm book, so it is factory. Can it be disable in order to rule it out? Does the car have an actual starter relay? If so, where is it? When the start issue occurs, the key is turned only to hear a strong starter relay type click, but wont turn the starter. Seems when I wait 15 mins or so, it will either turn right over and start, or click a few times more and then start. It really tends to act like a starter dead spot, but its all new, even the Ign switch is new. Any thoughts?

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    Rick A Dec 25, 2013

    I already replaced the Batt, cables, Interlock relay, Ign switch and starter. The car has the factory alarm which several mechanics have said is most likely the issue, but I have no clue how to safely disable that in order to rule it out.


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If the starting circuit doesn't show a starter relay in your Chilton manual, then it must not have one. Some systems do not have one. Although an older Nissan I saw did have one, a relay all by itself in the front right of engine bay. But again, if the wiring diagram doesn't show one, it must not have one. Disabling the alarm may be a dealer only option.
Listen for the click with the hood up-try to determine where it's coming from. Should be one of the relays, or at the starter solenoid on the starter. If it is at the solenoid, either have the starter tested-new, I see, but you never know, may be defective- or have a voltage drop test done of the start circuit. This test will check for high resistance (like a poor connection) in the start circuit.

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Testimonial: "Thanks for your time. yeah, I figured that since it started doing the exact same thing after the new started was added, that it must be something else, but yes, Ive bought bad starters before like you said. Looks like a trip to the dealership on this one. And yes, with the hood up it sounds like the solenoid clicking, but from inside like its under the center of the dash. Thanks again"

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SOURCE: location of starter/inhibitor relay for 1994 nissan pickup

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SOURCE: 2003 Nissan Sentra won't start

I had this problem recently ie no start on key & found bad earth to engine was cause.
Not my AOE but may be a possibility.
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SOURCE: The beast wont start on the key, battery ok , ign

Hello! The Inhibitor relay is more than likely not pulling...If the vehicle is an automatic the selector switch passes battery when in park on a yellow wire to the relay...If a standard the clutch switch passes ground...if manual, relay is called clutch interlock...located under hood...passenger side fender...Automatic...called interlock relay...drivers side fender to the right of air intake...diagram may be to small to read but I'm limited on size...Light Green wire on clutch switch supplies ground when switch is closed pulling relay...Yellow wire off gear selector switch (park) supplies battery to the inhibitor relay...Wish I knew if your vehicle was man. or auto...See if proper batt. or gnd. is present to pull relay...If proper potential is present and the relay does not pull it is defective...Send a comment...



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SOURCE: 2002 Nissan Pathfinder will not start randomly.

sounds electrical when a electrical component is warm high resistance is built. 1 item of concern will be a crank position sensor. The one I want you to look at is know as CKP sensor(REF) 120 Deg. Nissan has an article about this . Broken wires in the main harness are common. The break will be between the engine and right shock tower

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