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88 pathfinder I have an 88 nissan pathfinder that will not start it will turn over but,will not start I have changed the battery post, the starter coil,the coil wire,and the ingnition module what else can it be not getting any spark..

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  • joemoneyg Dec 30, 2008

    my 88 nissan pathfinder just stopped running it will turn over but wont start its not getting no spark someone told me it might be a timing belt?

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    Simplemntman44 Sep 05, 2013

    1988 Nissan Pathfinder 3.0. I just experienced this same exact issue with my Daughter's vihicle. This issue, once all the above is true, checking coil, wires, grounds, fuses, etc. HAS to be the timing belt or the distibutor Pickup Module, or what they call the Elctronic Ignition Module. Since these are a Non-Serviceable item on this distributor one has to change out the lower portion of the Distibutor which really sucks when on my Chevrolet trucks one can just change out the electronic ignition module for $40 and go on. Anyhow, I changed out her Distributor since we just put a timing belt in her 1988 Nissan pathfinder about 6 months ago. Also, you can check to see if it is not broken by checking for air to release ( take the # 1 Cylinder Spark plug out and put your finger over the hole, have a buddy turn engine over ) when at top dead center "TDC". If air does not escape and push your finger away then your timing belt is definitley broken or jumped off. An easier way to check this is typically if the Distributor's shaft turns, and the Rotor button turns then your timing belt is still on and not broken. However, this DOES NOT mean your vehicle's timing belt is still in time, ( most likely it is ) for the timing belt may have jumped a tooth or two, etc. leaving your engine out of time. I replaced the distributor and now she is on the road again. Thanks to those of you who put some good relative information out here for those of us who need it. I hope this helps support your efforts as well as helps someone else along they way. Somedays your the Bug and somedays your the Windshield!!!

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    the truck gets no spark when I try to start its a 97 nissan pathfinder 3.3

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You need to check the POWER TRANSISTOR. It is near the ignition coil. Make sure ground bolt in the back of the power transistor is clean and making good contact.

Also make sure the connector is clean and naturally is connected. If all OK, star continuity of wire harness testing, to ensure there are no breaks in the line. Check also fusible links. Even if the ignition coil is good, if the power transistor is no good, NO SPARK. Hope that helps!

Posted on Dec 01, 2008

Suggest you check the fusible links near the postive battery terminal. 2 Are Green 2 Are Orange and I believe one is Grey or Balck. If they seem rubbery, they are burnt out.

Repair as follows. Cut the link off. Purchase a fuse holder 10-30 Amp Max. Replace the cut link with the fuse holder. Insert a 10 AMP fuse. You probably burned the fuse link which powers the injectors.

Before cutting the fuse link check it out with a volt ohm meter to ensure continuity. Good Luck

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Try chaning you cap and rotor.... if the cap and rotor do not good contact than it will not start..... you also might consider doinf a plugs and wire change as well....

Posted on Aug 01, 2008

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