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1998 Nissan Pathfinder Question: replaced starter and still no start



anglnfliht, 3.3L V6, Stevenson, WA, February 17, 2014, 13:41

have full power at dash even headlights work but just a click at the starter plzzz help me this online experiance has killed me with all the runaround to get an answer

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    G. T. Service Center (3051 Answers) , Stephenville, TX - (254) 638-3236
    ProfessorG February 17, 2014, 13:48

    Battery does not have enough amps or the connections, cable ends, grounds may be dirty.

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    Tires Too (129 Answers) , Londonderry, NH - (603) 473-4287
    tires too February 17, 2014, 15:00

    I wish that we had a magic answer ball that would help you out. We can give some suggestions based upon the information you can give to us, but would you trust an online resource to diagnois a complex medical issue? You really need to develop a relationship with a local service center to take care of you vehicle needs moving forward.

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    jumpnjax February 23, 2014, 22:04

    Although there are many reasons that can cause this situation maybe try the following:
    1. is the battery fully charged
    2. check if the switch is defective
    3. check battery cables for corrosion - not the end connectors
    The Positive and negative cables can be pinched and corroded somewhere down the length of wire. I found a decent new pair at Blain's Farm and Fleet. Good battery, lights come on but not enough cranking amps to turn starter. Replacing the starter it is imperative the Bendix and flywheel line up. This is the part of the starter that has a coil so that when you turn the key to start your car, voltage goes to the coil, and it expels the rotor which spins and engages the starter bendix (with the smaller teeth on it) into the larger flywheel teeth to turn the engine to start the car. So, using the same shims (small metal strips) from original starter often works and is recommended. If there was excessive wear on the old starter Bendix and flywheel the originals shims may not work. Inspect the flywheel to make sure it is in good shape. Usually the bendix on the starter will wear out first if a slight misalignment is there. If the flywheel is deeply grooved or has broken teeth you will need to replace it. Misaligned gears may be causing the starter bendix gear to hang against the flywheel teeth. This will cause a clicking noise since the bendix can not dis-engage and hangs up. Make certain the wire running to the new starter has a clean connection. Do not assume it is good because the connector is shiny. Good small wire brush then a small amount of vaseline on the connector. Should keep the corrosion and any film deposits from forming later. Adding or removing shims: Be sure the starter engages the flywheel without any metal to metal grinding noises. It is absolutely critical the gears synchronize (mesh together) without hanging or grinding during the cranking procedure.

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