Starter?

Tiny
LIMETOWNJACK
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  • 1990 NISSAN 300ZX
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1990 300ZX Hasn't been started in a month. Will start and run with jumper cables applied and once started will continue to run once cables are removed. W/O cables the battery still has enough juice to run radio, lights etc and when the key is turned you can hear the starter clicking, but engine will not turn. My question is in your opinion could starting the car with jumper cables multiple times in any way help or should I start looking for a new starter?
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Saturday, March 26th, 2011 AT 7:25 PM

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Tiny
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Have you taken the battery to have it tested?Also made sure the battery cables are clean and tight?Have you had the alternator tested?
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Saturday, March 26th, 2011 AT 7:58 PM
Tiny
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Yes, the battery is good, the cables will prob require replacement soon but the connection is at least good enough to engage the starter and run all the other electronic equip (radio, headlights, blinkers, etc.).I have not had the alternator tested, but could a faulty alternator keep it from starting even if the battery is good?
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Sunday, March 27th, 2011 AT 11:57 PM
Tiny
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Also, if I do need to take the alternator in to have it tested I could really use a repair manual. Unfortunately the two most popular, Chilton and Haynes do not currently carry any for a 1990 300ZX. Is there a repair manual that you would suggest?
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Monday, March 28th, 2011 AT 12:01 AM
Tiny
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If the battery is fully charged no a bad alternator won't cause the starter to not work. But a bad alternator won't keep the battery charged to start the car. So you actually had the battery tested at the auto parts store?If you have weak or corroded cable's then that will keep the starter from working properly. SO whats going on now it's still not starting?
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Monday, March 28th, 2011 AT 12:04 AM
Tiny
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If you can get the car to start and drive they can test the alternator in the car. Do you have a multimeter?
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Monday, March 28th, 2011 AT 12:07 AM
Tiny
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Here is what I have for replacing the alternator I will look and see what repair manuals they sell for you.

REMOVAL

1. Loosen alternator belt.
2. Remove alternator adjusting bar.
3. Remove harness connector and cable from alternator

4. Remove stabilizer bracket fixing bolts.
5. Remove radiator lower hose bracket and push lower hose upward to make room.

6. Remove alternator fixing boll and take out alternator as shown in the image.

INSTALLATION
Installation procedure is in reverse order of removal.
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Monday, March 28th, 2011 AT 12:12 AM
Tiny
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I found a factory service manual on a cd rom for your car.Here is a link to show it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1990-90-Nissan-300ZX-Service-Repair-Manual-Z32-VG30-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem3a5d567283QQitemZ250674049667QQptZMotorsQ5fManualsQ5fLiterature
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Monday, March 28th, 2011 AT 12:17 AM

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