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My nissan altima is having trouble starting. Is the problem the alternator or the starter?

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    George Hels Nov 06, 2010

    does it turn over at all, or click, or make a ratcheting sound? Or maybe do the lights dim but engine turns over slow?

  • kimwal Nov 06, 2010

    It hesitates to start and makes a clicking noise

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Check your battery for a full charge. You can do this by turning on the headlight and seeing if they are bright. If not then charge your battery. If so then you probably have the solenoid on the starter going out and will need to have the starter / solenoid assembly replaced.
Hope this helps!

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  • michelle_504 Feb 01, 2011

    do u know what the problem was for ur car not starting? mine is doing the same thing even after i purchased a new battery.

  • akwasiappiah Oct 28, 2011

    The car will move alright but when I slow down when there's traffic the engine will turn off unless I take the key off and start it again

  • George Hels
    George Hels Oct 29, 2011

    Have your battery cables checked, as well as the small wire coming off of your starter. If they are corroded, that would cause a significant increase in resistance - hence the clicking or slow turning of your starter. There is also the possibility of corrosion on your MECHANICAL ignition switch ( not the ignition switch) which is typically located on top of the steering column under the dash in older vehicles. Many newer vehicles have many components built in to the computer - a scan for codes could reveal the culprit. Good luck!!!

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