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...

4 Answers

2,090

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

Mine was a bad connector/plug. Small single wire from interior fuse block to starter solenoid, bottom/front of engine, about 10-12 inches from starter. spliced in new connector and all has been well. This was an intermittent issue. ('04 xTerra XE, 4X4, 3.3L, Auto)

Your Answer:

Xterra

Looking for a Used Xterra in your area?

CarGurus has 95 nationwide Xterra listings starting at $2,995.

Postal Code:

Nissan Xterra Experts

  • #1
    Ryan Scott
    Reputation
    230
  • #2
    Travis Hoyle
    Reputation
    210
  • #2
    Rowefast
    Reputation
    210
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota 4Runner
11 Great Deals out of 585 listings starting at $4,900
Used Nissan Pathfinder
35 Great Deals out of 1,279 listings starting at $4,950
Used Nissan Frontier
20 Great Deals out of 560 listings starting at $3,488
Used Toyota Tacoma
29 Great Deals out of 1,598 listings starting at $5,999
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
67 Great Deals out of 5,499 listings starting at $3,495
Used Jeep Wrangler
19 Great Deals out of 1,530 listings starting at $2,500
Used Ford Escape
121 Great Deals out of 7,214 listings starting at $2,450
Used Toyota RAV4
71 Great Deals out of 4,269 listings starting at $1,900
Used Ford F-150
128 Great Deals out of 12,407 listings starting at $2,795
Used Honda CR-V
48 Great Deals out of 3,117 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Pilot
17 Great Deals out of 918 listings starting at $5,995
Used Jeep Liberty
152 listings starting at $1,945
Used Toyota Highlander
20 Great Deals out of 1,082 listings starting at $3,450

Used Cars for Sale

2015 Nissan Xterra For Sale
17 listings starting at $22,988
2014 Nissan Xterra For Sale
6 listings starting at $21,995
2013 Nissan Xterra For Sale
4 listings starting at $8,790
2012 Nissan Xterra For Sale
3 listings starting at $14,995
2011 Nissan Xterra For Sale
8 listings starting at $8,960

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.