TURNS OVER BUT WILL NOT START

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EDWIN G. MILOVICH
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  • 1999 NISSAN PATHFINDER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 78,000 MILES
1999 nissan pathfinder engine turns over but will not start. Car was sitting outside unused for several months. Replaced fuel filter, fuel pressure test ok 42 psi. Fuel present at injector manifold. Some injector wires were mouse chewed but were repaired. Removed upper air intake and repaired wiring. Spark plugs were bad and replaced. Checked spark with tester, ok. Camshaft position sensor failed test, replaced distributor. When trying to start sounds like a few cylinders fire then nothing. Engine continues to crank but will not start?
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 AT 3:24 PM

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MATHIASO
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Check the crank sensor,on the top,of bellhousing behind engine. it may cause the problem. Check the injectors.measure the internal resistance of each injector with an ohmmeter. Disconnect each injector from its harness and measure the resistance across its terminals. If resistance is not within specifications (typically 3 to 5 ohms for a low-resistance injector, or 12 to 17 ohms for a high-resistance injector), the injector needs to be replaced. A difference of only 1 ohm less than specifications may be enough to prevent the injector from opening reliably under some operating conditions.

Check out this guide as well

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 AT 5:22 PM
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EDWIN G. MILOVICH
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I did check the injectors resisitance when I had the upper intake off but since then I bought a new digital meter so I'll check again with that. But since the engine will not start at all it would seam all the injectors would have to have gone bad at the same time. Seems more like the crank shaft sensor would be the problem. Can this sensor keep the engine from starting? Per the manual this sensor is used to determine the engine speed.
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Friday, November 6th, 2009 AT 1:35 PM
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MATHIASO
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The crankshaft position sensor signal to trigger the fuel injectors. Not all the injectors can go bad same time. So, if there is no spark and no injector activity, the problem is likely in the crank position sensor.
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Friday, November 6th, 2009 AT 2:45 PM
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FIREBIRDS
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  • 1999 NISSAN PATHFINDER
  • 3.3L
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 254,000 MILES
One day while driving my car just died and wouldn't start back up. OBD says camshaft sensor, so I replaced the whole distributior since it's all part of Assembly, replaced the fuel pump, crank position sensor, fuel filter, pcv valve, and still won't start. It has a strong cranking motion but still won't start. I'm stomped, any suggestions?
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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 AT 12:11 PM (Merged)
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CARADIODOC
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It sounds like the ECCS relay is not working here is a guide to help you check it along with the location of the relay.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-an-electrical-relay-and-wiring-control-circuit

this guide can help as well.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start

Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know what you find. We are interested to see what it is.

Cheers
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TYPE-R
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Thanks for this post the relay was bad I had to get a new one cost me $45.00 all fixed! I love this site.
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BENZTV
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  • 1999 NISSAN PATHFINDER
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 142,000 MILES
Pathfinder was operating normally one day, then it sputtered and died like it was running out of gas. Car will crank but won't start. Tried spraying starting fluid in the air intake to see if it would fire but nothing. Doesn't seem to be getting a spark. All fuses seem good. All other electrical is working. Replaced Dist cap and rotor button. Still no fire.
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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 AT 12:11 PM (Merged)
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RASMATAZ
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Hi benztv, Welcome to 2carpros and TY for the donation

Check and test the following power at the black and white wire on the coil, coil itself, distributor pick-up coil, camshaft and crankshaft position sensors.
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LUIS GUERRERO2
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  • 1999 NISSAN PATHFINDER
  • 3.3L
  • 6 CYL
  • 259,230 MILES
Months ago my car stalled would not. I start replaced entire distributor. Again driving it stalled and again would not start. Change distributor again. Still worked okay my start took off distributor cap and when I turn key rotors not turning. Cannot find crank sensor. Do not know what to do next?
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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 AT 12:11 PM (Merged)
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KEN
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If the rotor is not turning then you need to replace the timing belt. But I must warn you the valve might be bent on that engine. So sometimes the heads will need to come of for a valve job.

Please let us know what happens.

Best, Ken
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MIKEHUB
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  • 1999 NISSAN PATHFINDER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 130,000 MILES
I started it up went to pull out and it died and will not start has fuel pump seems to be working just will not fire up
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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 AT 12:11 PM (Merged)
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JACK42
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Need to verify fuel pressure, just because the pump is running doesnt mean it is up to spec, should be between 34-43 psi if not the vehicle wont run. Also check for spark.
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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 AT 12:11 PM (Merged)
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MIKEHUB
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Yes pressure looks good no spark I dont no where to start with this one maybe a relay it was running fine then just shut down like a lite switch any fuses I could look for to start or relay or fusable link any common problems that you know of thanks
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MIKEHUB
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It does have a factory alarm and lock seems to be working on the door locks I dont know what it does to the engine ignition I would love to bypass it anyway to pull the fuse on that
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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 AT 12:11 PM (Merged)
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JACK42
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Start with what is missing first, if it winds up being theanti-theft we will deal with that then
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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 AT 12:11 PM (Merged)
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SSL945
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  • 1999 NISSAN PATHFINDER
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I just replaced my 1999 Nissan pathfinder engine with a new remand engine, changed all the oil and coolant, wires and spark plugs, distributor, thermostat, radiator, fan belts, and manifolds. Why does it crank but not take a spark. I double check everything anything I overlooked or suggestions to get this new engine started?
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RASMATAZ
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If its married-up to the transmission correctly and all fluid checked it should fire up and observe the engine oil pressure/noises-start here
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GARY CANNON
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  • 1999 NISSAN PATHFINDER
Engine Mechanical problem
1999 Nissan Pathfinder 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic

was drining truck just cut off won't start back- after an hour started runs for a min or two cuts off won't start back
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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 AT 12:11 PM (Merged)
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RASMATAZ
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Lets do below for a start to determine if its fuel or spark related issue and get back with some results

Get a helper disconnect a sparkplug wire or 2 and ground it to the engine atleast 3/16 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, distributor pick-up coil, ignition control module, cam and crank sensors and computer Note: If it doesn't apply disregard it
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BIGBROTHER
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  • 1999 NISSAN PATHFINDER
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
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  • 112,000 MILES
I have no spark at all. I have replace spark plugs, cap, rotor, and crank sensor. Please help
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