I have a 2004 Frontier XE 4cyl w/78000 mi. When I turn the key to start the engine, the dashboard lights flicker and a clicking noise is heard, but the engine won't start. Was able to bump start it. Any ideas?
It sounds to me like the starter / solenoid area needs attention - I think the clicking will be the solenoid activating but the starter is not turning. Do the lights dim to zero when you turn the ignition switch? If so, it may be the starter itself at fault; if not, then the electrical connections to the starter should be checked for corrosion. If the terminal are hot after trying to start, that's a sign of corroded terminals.
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This may be an issue with the key fob or an issue with the starter. is the engine turning over? it seems that the car can be put on "On" mode, but not "Start" mode. I would check the key fob and the starter (if the engine does not turn over). Also, check to see if the car computer is issuing any check engine codes. You may have to take it to the dealer.
Does the car have a factory security system? it may have a starter kill on it. also check for voltage at the starter solenoid while someone holds the key to start position, you could have a faulty ignition switch. the engine light stays on when the key is on until engine starts.
The starter on the Nissan Frontier is a motor that is connected to the
battery that runs the ignition process of the truck. When you turn the
key to start the truck, this will send an electrical signal to the
starter motor that turns the flywheel. The flywheel in turns moves the
crankshaft. When the starter goes bad or teeth on the starter gear get
chipped this will prevent the truck from starting. Locating the starter
is the first step in replacing it.
Open the hood to access the engine compartment. Locate the battery to the passenger side of the engine compartment.
Identify the positive terminal of the battery. This will be indicated by the (+) symbol above the terminal.
the red cable that is attached to the positive terminal. The cable will
run from the battery down to the side of the motor.
the end of the red cable as it is attached to the starter. The starter
will be attached to a bracket by the motor with the back of the starter
connected to the bell housing of the transmission.
the front passenger side tire for easier access to the starter. This
will also give you plenty of room to remove the starter.
First, make sure you can turn the engine by hand. If you can't then the starter can't turn it either. Have someone else turn the key and look for the source of the click...may be a relay. Go over the starting circuit with a volt meter. Check for power at the starter main terminal and then with the key turned to "start" check for power at the trigger terminal on the starter. Check battery voltage and check relay operation. You have a neutral safety switch on the transmission if its an automatic and a clutch switch if it's a stick. Check them as well. Make sure battery grounding on fender and block are also clean and secure.
Today 11-12-08 my 2003 H2 Hummer would not start. Checked battery it ischarged. Cables tight. Tried to start with portable booster pak. No go. Tridto jump start with my wife's Suburban. Still no go.
When I turn the switch I hear a single click and that is it. No engine turning over. While trying to start with key the headlights go out. Out of ideas, Will take to Chevy garage in am. Will post solution.