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1988 nissan 300zx won't turn over

Brand new battery, brand new starter.  when i turn to key, dash lights come on, then i turn it all the way, and dash lights turn off, and the motor does not turn over. any ideas?  i would appreciate any place to begin looking.

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  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    car will not start but lights on dash flicker when key is turned on-wonder if there might be short? would like to see diagram of starter to battery. just bought and did not put starter in myself



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Possible short in the starter solenoid, killing power while attempting to crank, but restoring power when you stop the attempt. If I remember correctly, (*been a while since I've been under the hood of my 300ZX*), the solenoid is separate from the starter motor itself. Also, Make sure you have a solid ground at the starter connector, as well as a good positive connection.
Another thing to look at,(*I've had this happen several times*), check the condition and tightness of your battery terminal connections. If one of these are at fault, you will have the problems you described, but power is not likely to return until after you either turn the key all the way off, or jiggle the terminals.

If power returns when you jiggle the terminals, either tighten them some more, or if they are worn, like mine were, you will HAVE to replace them, as the snap-lock feature will never tighten them enough anymore. If this solves your problem, I highly recommend you also spray on some battery terminal corrosion preventative compound. I've noticed in my 300Z, the terminals were always corroding unless I did this.

Hope this gets you up and running, and good luck!!!

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