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Starting problems 1998 Nissan Maxima SE V6

Ok. So my car was running well up until 2 weeks ago. At first I had a couple of instances where I would put the key in the ignition but when I would turn it the car would just click instead of turning on. I would remove the key and try again and the car would start up fine. Then one day the car did not want to start. I thought it might be the starter or the ignition and was about to replace the starter when the darn thing turned on again. The terminals to the battery were very corroded so I replaced the worst one. The car would turn on and I could drive it to work without any problems. But when I would leave work the car would not turn on anymore so I had to get a couple of jumpstarts in order to get it going again. But then the other day the car wouldn't start anymore. I tried the jumpstart and the car acted like it needed a new battery, you know the lights would dim everytime i would turn the key and it would just make a tat tat tat sound but nothing would happen. I switched the battery and still had the same problem. This morning the car started with a jumpstart again. But now it won't start again. What's wrong with this car??

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  • amacias0662 Aug 30, 2008

    We replaced the ignition switch and it still does the same thing as they mentioned above. It starts and runs good sometimes and sometimes it just won't start. We re-insert the key and try and it will start. Also, when we put the blinker, it will kill the AC, turn signals and power windows.


  • Anonymous Sep 08, 2008

    I turn the key and sometimes it starts up, and other times it does not. Today, I had to turn the key several times before it started.

  • amacias0662 May 11, 2010

    We already replaced the alternator. I thougth we had solved the problem, but it started again. We sometimes hit the alarm button and it allows us to start. Could be the alarm. What do you think?



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Hey there, I would look at the switch on tha back of your ignition. Not the ignition it self, but the switch that's on the back of it. Its white round looking thing about 1 1/2 inches in circumference and it has wires coming out of it. I think that its gone. If you are sure, that your battery and battery connections are OK, than look at that switch. Part is replacable at about $50bucks for the part and than if you can put it in your delf, thsm you will save some money there too. Good luck

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Its could very well be your altenator. I have a 98 maxima same as yours, and it was giving me problems for a few weeks, i replaced the battery, cables, and so on, and still gave me trouble. Eventually i broke down and replaced the altenator and it works great. You can go to O'rileys(avoid autozone and advance if you can) and they can hook it up and chek it for you.

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I have been fighting this same problem for a year now. first we thought it was the starter, so i had that replaced. then it happened again and my mechanic said the starter was defective so we replaced it again. both times that solved the problem temporarily. then it happened again and this time we decided that it must be the ignition switch itself, so we replaced that, but it still kept happening. we also replaced the alternator (it was going bad anyway). but the problem continued. i've had the battery checked numerous times now, and it always comes out saying that the battery is good. sometimes putting the key in and out a few times works, but earlier this week that would not work either! i tried checking fusible links, tapping the starter motor with a hammer, playing with the key. nothing worked, so i had it towed back to my mechanic (to the tune of 80 bucks). we dropped it off there and the next morning he went out to look at it and it fired right up! not just once but 15 times in a row! needless to say he now thinks i must have been drunk or something when trying to start this car, lol. whatever the problem is it is very persistent and i have yet to fix it. for now i'm just hoping it doesn't act up alot until i can get a different car because this problem seems impossible to solve.

Posted on Sep 03, 2011

Go see an electrical man.I had the same thing.It's an alarm problem.

Posted on Aug 02, 2008

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