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WON'T START - SUSPECTED BATTERY TERMINAL

1995 Nissan Truck

Electrical problem
1995 Nissan Truck 4 cyl Four Wheel Drive Manual 120000 miles

When I turned the key to start the engine, it made a grinding sound. Eventually after enough tries, the engine would start. I had the starter replaced, thinking that this was the problem. After the starter was replaced, it still made the same sound. (The mechanic did ask me, in a confused fashion, why I was replacing the starter. As if he was saying the starter looked fine. I should also add that I had the starter previously replaced at 90,000 miles.) A week later and some more grinding sound, it plain would not start at all. No sounds, nothing. The instrument lights come on, as you would expect. But the engine does not turn over at all. I pulled the cables off the battery and removed all corrosion and grit to provide optimal connection to the battery. I hooked up the cables again and the car started up! I thought the problem was fixed. After a day of driving, the engine would not turn over. After looking at the battery terminals again, I noticed that the negative cable was rather loosely fitting over the negative terminal. Thinking that it is this loose connection that is causing the intermittent starting, I tightened down the cable as much as possible. Even so, the negative clamp seems to be out of threads (probably due to corrosion) and thus I can’t tighten it down to provide full 100% contact. So I used aluminum foil to try and provide full contact and take up the slack. Still the engine will not turn over. I believe it is the negative cable, but I am not sure.
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Chriswolpert
November 5, 2008.



Have the battery load tested if okay-replace the battery cables and go from there

Rasmataz
Nov 5, 2008.
The exact same thing has been happening to my 1995 Nissan pickup, 4 cyl, automatic. I replaced the starter on it and started it again and it continued to make that grinding/clicky sound. I am going today to test my battery and change the battery cables and hope that is the problem.

Somebody has suggested to me the starter relay switch and the altinator. I'll start with the battery and the battery cables and work my way to those two. Worst case scenario is that my engine is locked up. : ( I love my Nissan!

Tiny
Coachm
May 14, 2009.
If you can manually turn the crankshaft pulley 360deg I don't think so -Could be the starter itself-inspect the flywheel/drive pinion

Rasmataz
May 14, 2009.
I replaced my terminals and the negative battery cable (easiest one to change) and my truck started right up for me!

Tiny
Coachm
May 14, 2009.