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I replaced the battery in my 2010 Nissan Sentra. Now the engine will crank for a few seconds and then quit.

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.

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    appy_63 Feb 11, 2014

    Thanks for the advice Bob. I borrowed a scanner and when i attempted to read the codes I kept getting a connection error message. A few things I would like to add other than the OBD scanner won't connect: my security light blinks until the key is in the "on" position, at which point it turns solid. Also, when in the "on" position, none of my turn signals or flashers work, nor do my wipers. I also cannot turn my headlight to high beam.

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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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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.

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