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1991 Pathfinder Starter Problem

We own an otherwise dependable vehicle. It is originally a 49-state vehicle, modified to meet Canadian regulations. It has the 6-cylinder engine with manual transmission. Occasionally (once or twice a month, but always at an inopportune time) the starter will not operate when the key is rotated to the "Start" position. Letting the clutch pedal out and then re-depressing it will sometimes be followed by the starter engaging. The fault steadfastly refuses to repeat itself for my mechanic. There also seems to be no positive correlation between the problem and any weather condition or length of time the vehicle has been shut down. Any helpful thoughts on the source of the problem? -- Andrew Chaplin SIT MIHI GLADIUS SICUT SANCTO MARTINO (If you're going to e-mail me, you'll have to get "yourfinger." out.) My 1988 Pathfinder has a starting problem for a couple years. Occasionally it will turn over but not start; sometimes it just "clicks" over. 3 different mechanics have kept it for 2 to 7 days viewing the ignition switch, starter, batteries, relay, and any loose cables. The mechanics said they can do nothing when it is not acting up for them. A family member took two fuses out of my alarm system, and put new fuses in; however it blew the fuses and my alarm and locks will not work and my pathfinder will not start at all. It is currently stuck at my moms house. Does any one have any advice on the fuses and the starting problem?

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Have you checked your INTERLOCK SWITCH in the tranny, and while you are it, the safety switch on the clutch, thats the one that wont let your truck start unless you depress the clutch, to see if its properly adjusted. Its the one to the left of the stop light switch. You also have an interlock switch in the dash panel, but that is for the rear window. You might want to replace the clutch switch, since you stated depressing the clutch sometimes makes the starter work, Its probably worn out. Also:

There is a harness that goes to the starter right near the starter itself. The connections of the harness might be frail. It can be easily removed, especially if the truck is on a lift. Make sure the connections are solid and clean. Or have a competent person check the harness for continuity.
And for a additional insurance.

There is a BIG Connector in the engine compartment roughly somewhere mid after the battery between the fender skirt and the engine, similar to the one that connects the injector harness. That connector goes to the starter and the Alternator. You can easily pry them apart unlocking the the tab on the connector. Ensure those contact are also very clean. That should solve your problem.

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