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1998 Nissian Altima Not starting

I have a 1998 nissan altima about 210,000km It has a brand new battery, the alternator is good new starter, and fluids and gas is okay. when I try to start it makes a clicking noise its not turning over what do I do.

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    Randy Harkins May 11, 2010

    Will it start with a "jump"

    Verify all your Grounds from the battery and the engine to frame ground ,clean and make sure all grounds are tight,

    Make sure there is no grease between the barrery post and the battery clamp .

    Please contact me if you need any further help on this problem Thank you and if this information is helpful please give me a fixya! rating, Thank you, Randy



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Nothing by either party was said about the starter. The battery and wires can all be in great shape, and if they are and the owner hears a clicking noise when trying to start it its a pretty good bet they may have a starter that's locked up.


One good 'ole trick on those starters. If you can reach the starter, a couple of sharp rapes with a hammer will have it starting again, then you know it time to replace the starter.
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