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So the problem has been occuring for a year and you are just now trying to fix it? Sorry, I just simply do not understand why people do this...keep driving it until it won't drive anymore even though you KNOW it has a problem....Maybe you can explain this to me???
If you can hear the starter clicking when you try to start it, then you have a bad starter. If it makes no noise at all. then you most likely have a bad clutch switch.
Check the following:
1. Broken, loose or disconnected wiring in the starting circuit.
2. Starter motor pinion jammed in flywheel ring gear
3. Starter Solenoid faulty
4. Starter motor faulty
5. Ignition switch faulty
6. Defective Battery fusible link (140 amp)
7. Automatic transaxle not completely engaged in park or clutch pedal not completely depressed.
8. Broken or stripped timing chain
9. Ignition components damp or damaged.
10. Broken, loose or disconnected wires at hte ignition coils or faulty coils.
11. Defective MAF sensor.
12. Worn, faulty or incorrectly gapped spark plugs.
first, CONGRATS! thats alot of mileage! second look at your key chain and make sure it not too heavy. too many keys will destroy your ignition switch. third, replace the electrical portion of your ignition switch. this is most probable. if your key is loose(which most toyotas and nissans have tendency to wear down and become loose in the tumbler). fourth double check your connections at battery and starter to double check for ANY corrosion.
the starter is either worn and brushes not making contact or an engine oil leak onto the starter. thus keeping the brushes from making contact you can check this by banging on the starter while someone trys turning the ignition back and forth to start.(making the click click click)
ignition switch is weak, not providing enough voltage from the to kick the soliniod all the way to start the starter
The way to check that is to hot wire the starter soliniod little wire, to battery voltage. (the big cable on the solinoid)
If it turns over good, then you can either replace the ignition switch or install a relay someware near the starter to supply it with propper current to kick the solinoid all the way to engage the motor.
The relay acts as a remote starter switch that feeds more direct power to the starter solinoid.Now the only thing the ignition switch is responsible for, is trigger the relay.