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I have a 1997 Nissan P/u 4cyl.. I changed the alternator on it and now the truck will not crank. The battery is good, the lights work and everything. You can hear the battery click but nothing. No sounds nothing.

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Hard to say.
Sometimes there can be a dead spot, and just rotating the engine by hand a little will fix it. (engine could also be seizing)
But you could also simultaneously have multiple problems.
I would always suggest cleaning battery terminals, greasing them, and checking engine ground strap, for example.
If you hear the starter solenoid click, then at least it is not the ignition switch or neutral safety switch.
But it could still be the starter or the battery, even though lights look good.
The best way to be sure is with a voltmeter ($3 at Harbor Freight).
Battery should read 12.5 with engine off.
When you try to crank it, should drop to about 10.
If drops below, then starter or battery bad.
If stays above 12, either bad connection or starter solenoid bad.
When you stop trying to crank, if comes back to 12, then it was starter drawing too much.
If does not come back up, then battery was too low.

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Cars and truck electrical systems have always work from the battery.
That means the battery runs EVERYTHING (except on specialy built cars and truck like tow vehicles and cop cars)
Therefore you alternator is NOT the cause of your truck not starting.
The alternator's job is to make sure your battery maintains an even charge while using the electrical system.

So based on this new information, when you changed your alternator, are there wires hanging anywhere... have you tried jumping your car.
If your previous alternator was bad, the likely hood that your battery having a full charge is doubtful...

Recommendation; Jumpstart your truck, let the battery charge.
After 30 minutes of running, turn truck off, wait 15 minutes the try to start.

good luck and don't forget to vote!!!

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