1995 Nissan Altima Car won't start

Tiny
DCHANSON
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  • 1995 NISSAN ALTIMA
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 155,000 MILES
Have a 95 Nissan Altima that has run fine. It started this morning and upon shifting into reverse, it died. It now won't start, although it really tries and ALMOST gets there. I've checked/cleaned the distributer cap and all plugs and wires. It WAS low on oil, if that signifies anything although I've since filled it and problems are persisting. There is no engine knock when trying to start nor was there when driving recently. Battery is good (checked with lights, wipers, blower, etc) oil, ck engine, battery, and brake lights come on after it doesn't start. Any suggestion is greatly appreciated!
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Monday, January 18th, 2010 AT 3:49 PM

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Tiny
RACEME0911
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Well theres only 4 things needed to start a motor. 1 fuel 2 air 3 compression and 4 spark. Check those and im sure youll find the problem sooner than u think. If you come up with more info ill have better answers. As for all the lights coming on thats normal cause the car is not operating
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Thursday, January 21st, 2010 AT 7:12 PM
Tiny
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No start condition/Cranks and w/n start

Get a helper disconnect a sparkplug wire or 2 and ground it to the engine atleast 3/16 in away from ground have helper crank engine over-do you have a snapping blue spark? If so-you have a fuel related problem, check the fuel pressure to rule out the fuel filter/fuel pump/pressure regulator and listen to the injector/s are they pulsing or hook up a noid light. No snapping blue spark continue to troubleshoot the ignition system-power input to the coil/coil packs, coil's resistances, cap and rotor /distributor pick-up coil, ignition control module, ECM, Ignitor camshaft and crankshaft sensors- Note: If it doesn't apply disregard it

If both fuel pressure and blue spark is present-check the valve and ignition timing, this will lead you to problems with compression and valves opening and closing at the wrong time/broken or jumped timing belt/chain
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Thursday, January 21st, 2010 AT 7:24 PM

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