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1991 Nissan Maxima Question: My car wont start unless pushed



, 3.0L V6 SOHC, Portland, OR, May 27, 2011, 20:07

Almost every time I try to start my car, it wont do anything anymore, not even a click click. I am able to have it pushed started though. wondering if this may be the starter, alternator, or ignition switch?

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, May 27, 2011, 22:36

    If the battery is good (turn the lights on are they bright?) or preferably measure battery voltage across the battery it should at rest be 12.6 volts then it most likely the starter solenoid contacts and plunger are pitted and failing. Try jump starting the car from another car, make sure the battery cables are clean tight ans secure. Check when the ignition switch is turned to the start position that you have power going to the smaller wire at the starter. You need a voltmeter and test procedures before jumping to conclusions as to whats wrong. Autozone have some popular workshop manuals for free on line once you register (for free) on their website http://bit.ly/autozone_repair_info. There is also a company that independent auto repair shops buy their information from that the same information inexpensively to do it yourselfers. The information is year make and model specific repair procedures, service bulletins, component locations, wiring diagrams ect.... Alldata is very easy to navigate http://bit.ly/AllData_Repair_Manuals_Online

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    BZBEST Mobile Mechanics (10 Answers) , Portland / Vancouver, WA - (360) 433-9592
    bzbest June 03, 2011, 14:54

    Yes, it could be a starter, alternator, or ignition switch. Although I would lean more toward the starter or ignition switch.

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