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1998 Frontier 4wd truck has had electrical issues.(battery drains overnight) Had been jump starting but now refuses to start and I suspect the starter is bad and had been causing the problem all along. My mechanic could not locate the problem and it is dead in the driveway now. I ike the truck but the dependability issue is driving me nuts. This was only an occasional problem but began to happen more recently. It has only 44,000 miles.

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What kind if mechanic can not figure out a starting problem? He may need a career change. Your best bet ,sorry to say, is find a capable repair facility and get the ground rules set from the start, as to what they are capable of troubleshooting and be prepared to pay for their time, as you already know, or you would have solved this youself. I know it is 1998 but these issues take time to solve and involve knowledge of reading electrical schematics and have electrical and electronic knowledge also. That does not exist in the auto repair business and they can not spend all day figuring it out because they know you won't pay for their learning curve.

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