Question about Nissan Cars & Trucks
To get the engine to even try to crank I have to turn the key to the "on" position and wait a few seconds. At this point the radiator fan and headlights turn on. As well as all of my dashboard warning lights. If I then try to turn the key from the "on" position to start the car nothing happens except that my odometer becomes very dim. If I turn the key off and then immediately try to start the car the engine will crank for a few seconds and then stops trying.
This sounds like an ignition switch failure.
Can you get your car to an auto parts store? If so, borrow their OBD scanner (most have them to loan out, provided your car is in their parking lot - they won't let you take it home with you) or find a friend with one. The scanner should tell you exactly what's going on.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Do the dash lights come on ? They should come on when the key is turned to the on position. If nothing happens check the engine relay. It is not too expensive to replace if you really want to eliminate that as the problem. Check all wires going to the starter and make sure it is wired correctly.
Posted on Feb 28, 2009
I am not sure where in a Sentra, but in a Quest 1993-02, it is in the distributor (integral). Common problem with Quest is that brown dust covers optical sensor under slotted wheel under rotor. If dust, the bearing is failing and you need new distributor. Clean optical sensor and see if it starts and runs. Get dist. on ebay.
report back on progress.
Posted on May 29, 2009
Is there a clicking sound? The first thing that I would check is to make sure that the starter motor is getting voltage. If it is getting voltage then I would say that the motor is bad and needs to be replaced. If it is not getting voltage then it could be a bad fuse, relay, or a bad ground. All of these are probabilities. The last thing that I would check for is a bad ignition switch especially since the accessories come on.
Posted on Jun 10, 2009
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