2000 Nissan Altima Q&A
2000 Nissan Altima Question: Intermittent starting problem, why will car not start consistently?
Problem began with "traditional" battery clamp on positive battery terminal. Replaced it before and starting problem solved. Tightened screws connecting the 2 cables which connect to the clamp and problem solved temporarily, but when car stopped, it is as if there were no power in the battery or no battery at all. Unable to jump start the car from another car. Power is good in the battery. Replaced "traditional" battery clamp to one appropriate for Nissan Altima which allows the 2 cables to be fastened to the clamp by a separate bolt. Starting problem still exists. Sometimes the car will start and run, but often it is as if there is no power. Cleaned metal connectors with interlock with a wire brush on a drill and the positive battery terminal - still will not start consistently. - Cinaed
Possible starter is just old & tired... can you check for voltage on the small wire at the starter while helper turns key to start?... If voltage is present... starter is most likely the trouble.!! - pushrod
Next time it 'acts up' , see if the headlights work , if they do , leave them on (have someone watch , if needed) and try to start the car. See what the headlights do , if they go off as soon as you turn the key , do what was suggested by pushrod and find your bad connection.Or go somewhere else for free crappy advice.Do you have a voltmeter? - ziptie12