Question about 1998 Nissan Frontier

3 Answers

Truck won`t always start

Removed starter had checked ,ok reinstalled started ok a couple of times.only started after i banged on it,is it my starter?

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • 501bob Jul 26, 2008

    had battery and alternator checked ,checked out ok.

  • 501bob Jul 26, 2008

    i will change the starter solenoid then if it works i will be much appreciated.

  • radprof8
    radprof8 May 25, 2013

    I had the same problem. Turned out to be the clutch interlock switch mounted under the clutch pedal. A combination of the clutch pedal and switch mount being there for 15 years and had bent just a little not allowing the switch to be fully depressed and my floormats getting behind the clutch pedal not allowing the pedal to push the switch all the way. You can press the switch by hand and turn the key (making sure the truck is in neutral of course). If it starts reliably every time you found the problem. I adjusted the switch out by disconnecting the wire to the switch and loosening the 14mm nut behind the switch and turning the switch out a couple of turns. When moved out a bit and keeping the floormat from behind the clutch pedal, voila, starts every time. This fix came after a new battery, new starter, new battery cables and still the intermittent no crank was present. Start with the cheap/free stuff first and move on from there if needed :-)

×

3 Answers

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Master
  • 2,071 Answers

Here are some things to try... First, make suire all battery and starter connections are secure; then if it won't crank, at the starter solenoid (on top of starter) there are two wires, the fat one providing the actual voltage that operates the motor, and the smaller wire that carries the starter actuation control voltage, when the key is turned to "Start". being very careful not to touch grounded metal, use an insulated pair of pliers or screwdriver to connect these two posts together, delivering the always present 12 volts direct from battery to the solenoid. If the starter is good, this should make it crank, indicating a problem further upstream in the crank circuit. If it doesn't crank, you have a bad starter... You can also check this with an inexpensive 12 V test light... ground the clip lead and hold the probe tip to the smaller terminal while having a helper turn the key... If the crank impulse is reaching the starter, the light will come on, and if the light is on but no cranking it is the starter.

If the crank impulse is not reaching the starter, it could be caused by any of the things in the start circuit. The voltage that is supposed to trigger the starter originates from the under dash fuse panel and goes through a kind of self resetting circuit breaker that can be tripped by excessive current heating a short length of resistance wire sufficiently to cause a bi-metal contact strip to curl away from its mating contact and breaking the start circuit... If your problem was heat related, I would suspect the breaker. From there the voltage goes through the ignition switch, and from the ignition switch it goes through a safety interlock circuit which is different for automatic and manual transmissions.

Automatics have "neutral safety" switches that break the circuit if the car is not in park or neutral, and this switch can either be under the shifter cover or built into the transmission. You can try jiggling the shifter while trying to crank; an intermittently faulty switch will usually show some effort to crank (possibly briefly) while doing this.

Manual Trannys have a switch that breaks the start circuit if the clutch pedal is not fully depressed, mounted under the dash in contact with the clutch pedal arm. Working the clutch pedal while holding the key in crank position might produce intermittent start efforts if this is the problem.

If you can locate whichever of these switches you have, you can also use the test light to (1) see if the start signal is coming out of the ignition switch and (2) going through the interlock switch.

You can also temporarily bypass these switches by shorting together or jumpering the two connectors on the switch.

I had a similar problem with my 1991 Prelude that ended up being the starter, and it was HUMIDITY related, of all things! I had driven through some high water by necessity, high enough that the starter was submerged, and then experienced your exact same symptoms... Showed up especially in humid, cold, or rainy weather, The water had washed dirt/sand into the solenoid engagement mechanism and had eroded lubricant, causing the solenoid to bind and not fully engage. Starter replacement solved the problem!

Hope this helps you get it fixed, but don't hesitate to post a comment or question if you need more help, and best of luck!

Posted on Jul 26, 2008

  • LORETO LACARON
    LORETO LACARON Jul 26, 2008

    http://www.automotivetalk.net/searchresu...

  • radprof8
    radprof8 May 25, 2013

    Great troubleshooting advice. See my comment above if you have the chance. Wish I knew then what I know now :-)

×

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 373 Answers

Hi......
Yes. the problem is THE STARTER SELENOID.
Some times work but some times not.
If you can replace the starter SELENOID. you will resolve your problem.
But if you can find the SELENOID. you will need to replace the Starter assemble.
I know what I telling you.
I"m a mechanic..

OK. I hope this help on your problem.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008

  • radprof8
    radprof8 May 25, 2013

    See my comment above if you have the chance. Wish I knew then what I know now :-)

×

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Master:

    An expert who has achieved Level 3.

  • Master
  • 848 Answers

Check the battery and alternator .......

Posted on Jul 25, 2008

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

2 Answers

Car won't start just click


Have you checked to see if you can turn the crank with a wrench ?
And are the cables good from the battery to the starter ?

Jun 20, 2013 | 2001 Oldsmobile Alero

Tip

A Simple Preliminary Car Starting Procedure


If your car won't start, try this procedure:

  • Check the battery cable connections:
Make sure the positive cable, makes a good connection at the battery and at the starter. Make sure the negative cable makes a good ground connection at the battery and (preferably) at the engine.
  • Check the battery the simple way, like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.
Verify the neutral safety switch allows power to the starter.
  • Check the starter and solenoid:
If the wiring looks ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter(10 volts minimum while cranking).
If the starter spins and no crank, the problem is most likely the Solenoid's pinion gear is stuck.
Have someone hit (not too hard) the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging a stuck pinion gear.

  • Make a simple test of the alternator:
If you can, somehow get the engine running, measure the voltage at the battery. It should be at least 13.6 volts to properly charge the battery.

Hope this helps

on Apr 11, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

2 Answers

Why won't it start?


There should be a clutch safety switch that prevents you from cranking the engine with the clutch engaged.
Have you checked the switch for power ?

Apr 26, 2013 | 2007 Scion tC Coupe

2 Answers

2004 kia rio won start


check your battery, starter or ignition.
___________

allscanner its3

Dec 27, 2012 | 2004 Kia Rio

2 Answers

It won't turn over


Try this procedure:
Check the battery like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.
If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.
Check that the battery cable plus post, goes to the starter, Minus post to a good ground, like the engine.
If wiring is ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter.
Problem is most likely the Solenoid's bendix gear or starting relay, Have someone bang on the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging the bendix gear..
Hope this helps.

Jul 27, 2012 | 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

1 Answer

How to replace a starter on toyota corolla 1999


Make sure you have your radio code if needed otherwise the radio won't work after this. Disconect battry, Unbolt main wire from starter, disconect switch wire from starter, unbolt starter, remove starter, fit new starter, connect switch wire, connect main wire to starter, connect battrey, start a couple of times to make sure all ok, input radio code.

Jun 24, 2012 | 1999 Toyota Corolla

2 Answers

My 1990 honda civic hatchback wont start...


It could be a problem with either starter if it won't turn over, the wiring to the starter, or it could be related to the fuel or spark delivery when turning over if the starter does turn the engine over.

Nov 05, 2011 | 1990 Honda Civic

1 Answer

Starter motor wont wind over all appears ok


if the starter does not make nosie when u try to start the car then u need a new one when u hear a clicking sound when u try and start the car and it does click but does not start thats means ur starter is on it way out sometimes if u tap it a couple of times the car will start have someone in the car to start while u bang on the starter if it starts after that i would recommend that u buy a new one.

May 22, 2011 | Mitsubishi Passenger Cars & Trucks

2 Answers

Nissan Frontier 1998


I had the same problem. Turned out to be the clutch interlock switch mounted under the clutch pedal. A combination of the clutch pedal and switch mount being there for 15 years and had bent just a little not allowing the switch to be fully depressed and my floormats getting behind the clutch pedal not allowing the pedal to push the switch all the way. You can press the switch by hand and turn the key (making sure the truckicon1.png is in neutral of course). If it starts reliably every time you found the problem. I adjusted the switch out by disconnecting the wire to the switch and loosening the 14mm nut behind the switch and turning the switch out a couple of turns. When moved out a bit and keeping the floormat from behind the clutch pedal, voila, starts every time. This fix came after a new battery, new starter, new battery cables and still the intermittent no crank was present. Start with the cheap/free stuff first and move on from there if needed :-)

Jul 25, 2008 | 1998 Nissan Frontier

Not finding what you are looking for?
1998 Nissan Frontier Logo

338 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Nissan Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

60769 Answers

Phil Lovisek
Phil Lovisek

Level 3 Expert

705 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

21949 Answers

Are you a Nissan Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...