Engine shut off and will not restart?

  • 3.5L
  • V6
  • 169,000 MILES
I drove my car to the end of my driveway to the mailbox got out put letter in mailbox when I went to put my car in drive it shut off. I tried to start it and it wouldn't turn over. All my lights inside come on, my headlights come on, my horn doesn't work, and my brake lights work, and the A/C fan comes on. I had it towed to Nissan. They said it was the ECM that was repaired and still hasn't started. I tried to jump it nothing. My starter is good it was tested. Nissan doesn't Know, I took it to Goodyear thru said it's an electrical problem, but they don't know. I think it's the anti-theft security system. Can you please help me? I don't know what else to do and I am a single mom of five girls.
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Saturday, November 5th, 2022 AT 11:15 AM

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Wow, five girls? You are busy. LOL Okay, is the security light staying on at all times? Do you hear anything when you turn the key? For example, do you hear a click?

I will need you to check a few things for me. First, confirm that fuse 33 in the under-hood fuse box is good. In addition to the fuse, make sure there is power to and from it.

Here is a link you may find helpful:


Next, see if it will start if you place the shifter in neutral. If that changes nothing, I need you to locate fuses 42 and 43 in the same fuse box and check them as well. Check for power too.

Last, there is a 250-amp fusible link mounted at the battery fusible link box. It is fusible link A. Inspect it to make sure it hasn't failed.

If they are good, you will need a helper to perform this test. At the starter, there will be a heavy gauge black wire with a red tracer. It should have battery voltage (12v) at all times. Confirm that. If it does, have a helper turn the key to the start position while you check the smaller gauge black wire with a white tracer for power. This wire should only have power when the key is in the start position.

If it doesn't, I suspect the intelligent power distribution center is faulty. The relays for the starter are integral to a printed circuit board and are not repairable.

Let me know what you find or if you have questions.

Take care,


See pic below for the fusible link location.

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Saturday, November 5th, 2022 AT 10:48 PM

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