1998 Nissan Maxima 98 max sometimes it starts, sometimes it

Tiny
DSFUNCTION69
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  • 1998 NISSAN MAXIMA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 76,000 MILES
Hey guys, this car is driving me nuts, when you turn the key either it starts or it makes a clicking sound, I replaced the starter(w/solenoid)and also the ignition switch but still have the same problem. PLEASE GIVE ME SOME IDEAS, thank you
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Monday, September 13th, 2010 AT 11:37 AM

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Tiny
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Hi dsfunction69. Welcome to the forum. Describe the clicking sound. Is it a single kind of loud clunk each time you turn the ignition switch to "crank" or is it a buzzing, or continuous ratcheting sound as long as you hold the switch?

A long buzzing sound suggests the supply voltage is being lost before it gets to the starter relay and starter. When this occurs all the time, it's usually a bad battery, but when it's intermittent, it's usually a loose or corroded battery cable. A single clunk is usually caused by worn solenoid contacts, but since you've already replaced the solenoid with the starter, the next place to look is the large battery cable to the starter. Connect a grounded test light to the large starter terminal. You should find 12 volts there all the time. If it disappears when a helper cranks the engine, that cable is loose or is corroded apart. Peel back the insulation near each connection. The corrosion is often hidden underneath.

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Monday, September 13th, 2010 AT 1:12 PM
Tiny
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Hey guys, I've been real busy but I'm working on the car again, the sound I'm getting is a buzzing sound when I turn the key to crank, the car just got the tranny rebuilt and it has not given me that problem lately but for 3 weeks it has been in and out of the tranny shop, the torque converter codes keep popping up even though they replaced the entire valve assembly, they can't figure it out maybe you guys have an idea because they are LOST, any help will be appreciated. THANKS
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Friday, October 1st, 2010 AT 2:57 PM
Tiny
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Sorry, I'm not a transmission expert. May I suggest you start a new post related to that problem. No one will read this conversation after they've seen the initial question and response. As a new posting, all of the experts here will see it and read it.

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Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 AT 12:38 AM

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