2004 Xterra 3.3L no start

Asked by Mar 26, 2018 at 12:21 PM about the 2004 Nissan Xterra

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 04' 3.3L xterra will click but
vehicle does not start. I replaced
the starter and got the same
result. Now, if the starter is out of
the vehicle, it works fine. Install
the starter in vehicle and all i get
is a click... Does anyone have any
idea what may cause this bang
your head against the tool box
problem??? Any diagnosis
smethod is greatly appreciated...

3 Answers

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Did you do any testing before you replaced the starter motor? Battery has a full charge and connections all good? I can usually take a starter motor off, lay it on the ground, hook up jumper cables properly from charged battery to starter motor, at the least, it should kick out the drive gear and spin, but, you realize that is a no load test. Do you have a security system on this vehicle? Where applicable, that could be a problem? Usually, you can do a bypass test just to see if starter motor will crank the engine. If you try that, make sure tranny is in park or neutral and parking brake is set. Safety is your responsibility. Even if you get it to crank, that doesn't mean it will start.

check your mass air flow sensor located close to the air filter

Sounds like a bad ground to starter run a wire down from your battery to the casing of the starter as a test the same thing happened to me if it does start this way then time to pull and clean some grounds

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