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Starter fails to start.

The starter on my '94 Pathfinder suddenly developed a problem, in that, once it is hot the solenoid only clicks. wait until it cools, 1 hr +, & then starts. Changed to new rebuilt starter, new positive wire, checked ignition switch-slightly loose, replaced battery and now only clicks when key is turned to start position. Retighened everything. Any idea?

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  • Anonymous Jul 16, 2008

    Same basic problem. Warms engine- starter clicks and takes about 20 attempts b4 starting.I do not have to wait for the engine to cool down yet. I'm sure that is coming. How can I prevent this from happening. I also just put in a new starter. Same problem!!

  • bpars18 Mar 04, 2009

    Same problem on my 1994 Nissan Pathfinder 4x4 Manual Trans. I replaced my starter and the batttery, still only clicks once, then eventually starts when I try to start the car. Did you ever solve the problem? Can you give me some advice......Thanks

  • Charles Dickson
    Charles Dickson Apr 07, 2009

    starter fails to start. it just clicks. it make take 10 turns of the key to start it. know it just want start at all.

  • myrmyr1 May 18, 2009

    I have the exact same problem. I go to start the car, the lights go on, but it doesn't start-- just clicks. I've replaced the starter and the ignition switch. When I replaced the relay switch, it worked fine for about 10 months, but now it's doing the same thing. I've taken it to various mechanics, and they are all stumped! Other than that, the car's been perfect at 191K miles.

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    New starter sometimes only "Clicks" when turning the ignition to start

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I'm having the same problem. The dealership keeps telling me it's the starter. I've replaced starter and still have the same problem. I have had all the wiring and new key swith put in and still have the same problem. I guess were in the same boat!!!

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