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Nissan will not start, battery good, fuses / links good

A friend jump started our vehicle yesterday (battery to battery). When we got home he came over and said his car now will not start. He said he has had no problems up until this point. The battery checked 12.5 volts. I pulled are reseated the fuse links, none of which were blown. I didn't check the relay (inhibit relay?) but did put my finger on it while he tried to crank the car and could feel it and hear it open and close. He says all other electrical items are working, just no start. It was getting dark so I wasn't even able to follow wires to the starter but is there another fuse link or fuse to check?

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  • hapcrawdaddy Aug 02, 2009

    My car wouldn't start due to a dead battery. I had started mine the day before by leaving it on the battery charger for the day. The next morning mine was dead again. I charged mine for a couple hours to go buy another battery but it hadn't charged enough to start. I saw my neighbor outside and asked for a jump start. He has taken his battery to a local store to have it tested. He said this morning he also checked if his lights would dim when he turned the key. He said they did. Also, it turns out his battery is 5 or 6 years old so...I didn't see how jumping mine from his would affect his either but might have pushed his over the edge.

  • hapcrawdaddy Aug 02, 2009

    My car wouldn't start due to a dead battery. I had started mine the day before by leaving it on the battery charger for the day. The next morning mine was dead again. I charged mine for a couple hours to go buy another battery but it hadn't charged enough to start. I saw my neighbor outside and asked for a jump start. He has taken his battery to a local store to have it tested. He said this morning he also checked if his lights would dim when he turned the key. He said they did. Also, it turns out his battery is 5 or 6 years old so...I didn't see how jumping mine from his would affect his either but might have pushed his over the edge.

  • hapcrawdaddy Aug 03, 2009

    My car wouldn't start due to a dead battery. I had started mine the day before by leaving it on the battery charger for the day. The next morning mine was dead again. I charged mine for a couple hours to go buy another battery but it hadn't charged enough to start. I saw my neighbor outside and asked for a jump start. He has taken his battery to a local store to have it tested. He said this morning he also checked if his lights would dim when he turned the key. He said they did. Also, it turns out his battery is 5 or 6 years old so...I didn't see how jumping mine from his would affect his either but might have pushed his over the edge.

  • hapcrawdaddy Aug 03, 2009

    thank you caradog. i climbed under the car in the daylight, verified power to the starter and solenoid then gently tapped the started and solenoid with a wooden stick/hammer. i had my thoughts set on another link but low and behold it started. by the way, the battery checked fine at the store.

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There is no further fuses iin this line. You didn't say why your car wouldn't start in the first place. Jump starting yours, shouldn't have affected his!

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  • dave mccullough Aug 02, 2009

    Sorry mate. I didn't think of this, how old was his battery, or his car, the power surge trying to start your car could have caused the cells in his battery to collapse. It will still read 12-12.5v but turn the side lights on on his car, and get him to turn the key, the sidelights will probably go out. That means his battery needed replacing anyway, you just gave him a helping hand in making it now than when he wasn't expecting it.

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My 1996 nissan sentra turns over but no spark to the plugs.put new distribitor on.

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