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My 1989 nissan maxima won't start. Have had the cylinoid, and starter checked, battery is ok too. It makes a sound like the car is already started but it isn't.

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Do you mean when you turn on the ignition, not cranking yet,theres a sound from the engine? Thats the case,the RADiATOR FAN starts up even the engine is not yet running? Check the relay it maybe stuck up and needs to be replace! Check the TEMPERATURE FAN switch, located on the radiator! Tell me more, if what I said is the one bothering you. Taah!

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