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'94 Nissan Altima, Dad Breaks Daughter's Car

Q: I stalled my daughter's 94 Nissan Altima while borrowing it and when I tried to restart it, it would not turn over. Everything seems to have good electrical power going to it (lights, radio, windows, heater fan). There is no click at the starter. The car has a standard transmission and yes, I tried moving the shifter around and making sure the clutch was fully depressed.

- Tom S.

A: Wasn’t it easier when your kids were breaking your stuff? There is a wire that carries the crank signal from the ignition switch to the starter. This wire has a connector that just slides over a blade type terminal that is on the starter’s solenoid. This connection at the starter is known for becoming loose or corroding. If this is the problem, everything else in the vehicle will work just fine. Because your daughter’s car has a standard transmission, you could even push start it and it would run just as it always does. It’s just when you turn the engine off or stall it, the engine will not crank over for starting. Inspect the wires to the starter. If they’re clean and testing proves that the signal is getting to the starter solenoid then you may need a starter.

 
     
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