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Nissan Pathfinder Engine won't crank due to starter relay failure

Nissan Pathfinder Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002

Engines Affected: 3.0L V6, 3.3L V6

Average Mileage: 145,521 mi (38,000 mi - 205,000 mi)

The engine may not crank when the key is turned to "start" if the starter relay fails. This can be confused with a defective starter motor.
  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6

    I went to crank my 1992 Pathfinder the other day and it wouldn't start . I replaced the starter and it cranked 6 times in a row then nothing . Tried again the next day and it cranked a few times then nothing again . After sitting for about half an hour it would crank again . Gonna replace the starter relay tomorrow and see what happens .

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 205,000 mi

    Diagnosed by the school of hard knocks. Battery, starter, and automatic neutral switch replaced or tested. The grey starter relay on a metal bracket in front of the windshield washer reservoir was the culprit. It's an easy fix if you know what to look for. Replace the relay and the suv starts flawlessly. I used a wire jumper on mine til I could get the part.

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  • Visitor, , 3.3L V6, 189,434 mi

    My pathfinder was working fine.. then one day at a gas pump i tried to start it.. it would not do anything. turned it off and on and off and on.. let it set a few minutes then it started.. then went to the dr. appt. when I tried to crank it up it would do nothing again. repeat attempts were unsuccessful.. finally called nissan at the avenues to tow it and fix..they said the Starter went out.. and charged me 718.99 to replace it along with a 100 dollar tow and 95 dollars labor for 2 hours work.. this is a rip off and nissan should recall this problem.. anyone else have this problem with their 1997 nissan pathfinder??? if you care to comment as I don't check these post unless I have a problem...

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 160,000 mi

    Engine not starting. Replaced starter relay.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 150,000 mi

    Thought needed new starter - but online said change relay under hood... That fixed it!!! About $15 at AutoZone.

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  • Visitor, , 170,000 mi

    Click won't start

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  • Visitor, , 3.3L V6, 127,778 mi

    I tried starting it one morning and nothing so I jumped it now I just tried starting it and nothing but it wouldn't jump either it just clicks when I try to start it. I have replaced battery cleaned up the wires and that didn't help nothing,

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