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My 1995 Nissan Altima's starter will not start the car unless boosted with 250 amp battery charger boost, sometimes, and sometimes not. Swapped battery.... same thing. Cleaned and tightened all connections and checked fuse. Starter acts and sounds fine when it does start. Don't want to remove starter if I don't have to as the job doesn't look pleasant. Won't start with a jump from another vehicle. What's my problem?

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Sounds like the starter is going bad. The internals of the solinoid may be breaking down. By adding the extra amperage to the system your basically forcing it to work. You may want to check the posts on the starter. If they are coming lose they can give you the same tell tales of a bad starter.

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