Question about 1986 Nissan Sentra 4 Door
Just replaced the starter, when i turn the key it cranks over and starts but the starter wont quit cranking. even after i turn the ignition to the off position and remove the key. the only way i can get the starter to finally stop is by removing the positive cable from the battery. once reconnected it wont do it again untill i try to start it again. please help!
The car seems to have functioning parts but it is probably a wiring issue - have you done a heater core replacement or anything under the dash/hood in a while (other than "tapping on the starter" <-- which you shouldnt do by the way)
what year is it??
if it is a 1990 the car has a plug undone under the driver side steering column on the "security" and "ignition" wiring circuit - read your FSM (factory service manual) and diagnose the problem. it is definately a short somewhere!
Posted on Apr 03, 2009
Get a test light, and see if your starter has battery power, (big wire/stud) on starter. itll light up if you do. then there should be a little wire. thats your igntion switch wire. have someone start your car while you testing the little wire. if the light comes on. then your starter is probably bad, even if its new they still can be bad. If it doesnt light up then, you need to locate the starter relay in engine compartment,I should have one. test to see if it clicking when you try to start it. youll feel it. If not pull it out and test to see if you have power. do the same test with someone starting it and see if you light comes on. If it comes on then replace the relay. and you could try and see if your ignition fuse is ok. I hope this gets you started. if not right back were your stuck at.
Posted on Apr 12, 2009
I am not sure where in a Sentra, but in a Quest 1993-02, it is in the distributor (integral). Common problem with Quest is that brown dust covers optical sensor under slotted wheel under rotor. If dust, the bearing is failing and you need new distributor. Clean optical sensor and see if it starts and runs. Get dist. on ebay.
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Posted on May 29, 2009
My car does the same thing...sometimes it wont start....have to turn the key off then when I crank it again it fires right away. Possible that the in tank fuel pump pressure regulator isn't building to the proper pressure. Nissan did post a recall....under warranty *recall* I might add.... there is an updated pump that will cure the problem but since you most likely are out of warranty it will cast $400+ for the part plus labour if you can't install it yourself. Call nissan to verify if your car is affected by referencing your VIN with them. Dave.
Posted on Jul 15, 2009
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