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?
I had a 1994 pathfinder with the same problem. Direct wire the load pin on the starter solenoid to the positive terminal on the battery with a push-button switch between and mount it on the dash of the car. You will also need to disconnect the existing wire on the load pin of the solenoid and tape it up. This will allow you to engage the starter without the key using the push button, however, you will still need to crank the key to the start position while turning the motor over to give you fuel pressure.
Maybe a temporary solution for you but its worked on my pathfinder for more than 2 years.
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Check the ignition switch, and the wiring to the starter solenoid. Get someone to turn the key to the crank (start) position and check for voltage at the starter solinoid. Check the starter relay and all fuses.
It sounds like a bad connection somewhere, due to a loose or corroded connection. This would explain it gradually getting worse. Check your battery cable connections. Make sure they are clean and tight. Also connections at starter. So, check those connections, let me know what you find. If that isn't it, I'll try to help further.
sounds like your neutral safety switch is going bad, have the switch replaced, and have the shifter assembly checked out. if the neutral safety switch isn't working the vehicle thinks its in gear and won't allow the engine to turn, try starting it in neutral and see if it starts
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.