2000 Nissan Maxima 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic
Occasionally when I turn the key to start one of the following will happen:
1. Car will turn over fine.
2. The key will turn but nothing will happen.
3. The engine will start to turn over then hit a spot that resembles a dead spot and not start. If I continue to hold the key it will usually start (like it got past the bad spot).
Subsequent starts for #2 and #3 will start the car on the second try.
This may only happen once in 20 starts although it now seems to happen more frequently. Earlier this year there were times when I only noticed it do it maybe once every two weeks or so but now it seems to be every other day or so.
I'm leaning towards a bad starter. I had the car in the shop and they tested the starter and could find nothing wrong. They did not want to replace the starter until they were more sure it was the starter.
Go figure - an honest repair shop.
I have replaced the battery about 6 months ago.
The starter was replaced about 50k miles ago.
All ignition coils have been replaced about 40k miles ago.
Two o2 sensors were replaced about 30k miles ago.
Any ideas on where to look? Tests that can be done.
Any help would be appreciated.
I don't want to replace the starter and find out it was something else.
Could it be the solenoid?
have the same problem?
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 AT 9:15 PM