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Old 05-24-2016, 01:57 AM   #1
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I see similar posts to this and tried some of the tests, but I'm at a loss. '03 Frontier, replaced starter and solenoid about a year ago. I went out yesterday morning, turned the key, and got nothing but lights. Not even a click. Check battery connections; still nothing. Took battery to be tested and all was ok. Decided to make sure connection to solenoid wasn't loose. Things looked kind of grimy, so I took the connections off, cleaned, and reattached. Go to start engine, and it cranks right up. Again, this morning, cranks right up. This afternoon, I head to the parking lot, and I'm in the same shape as yesterday, so I cleaning the connectors again, and it starts. Drive home, shut down, then crank it to see what happens. Not even a click. Clean connectors one more time, but this time no luck. I thought I had some power steering fluid dripping and gumming things up, but apparently not based on today. I assume I have some sort of connection issue down there, or maybe even a grounding problem. But I can't even figure out where the ground is attached to check it. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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Old 05-24-2016, 02:02 AM   #2
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was the starter a reman?

The starter grounds through the block. Have you removed the battery terminals completely and cleaned the inside of them where they contact the battery posts?
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Have you checked the relay?
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On the remanufactured starter, I really don't remember. I only remember I got it at autozone.

I've cleaned the terminals and I also replaced the battery connectors (forgot to mention that part).
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I was trying to determine exactly where the relay is (I know just enough to be dangerous), but I don't guess I know what I'm looking for.
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is the truck the KA24DE or the V6? manual or auto tranny?

The manual trans KA 24DE trucks have a clutch interlock relay and the clutch interlock switch, the automatics KA24DE trucks have the park/neutral position switch and park/neutral position relay.

On the V6's vehicle security stuff is added into the above, the starter system is not as simple as it is on the hardbody and early Pathfinder trucks.

There is a diagnostic in the service manual that can be followed if you have a multi meter, or the dealer can connect the Consult tool to the truck to do the same test.

The diagnostic can be found starting here on page 18:

http://www.nicoclub.com/FSM/Frontier...rontier/sc.pdf

The clutch interlock or the park/neutral position relays (depending on auto or manual tranny) are located in the relay/fuse box under the hood, pass side.
page 30 in section below:

http://www.nicoclub.com/FSM/Frontier...rontier/pg.pdf
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i dont know if the frontier has the start relay under the hood like the hardbody. if it does, replace that as well. that is where nissan says to start when starting problems arise. of course, that is after checking the cables and making sure the battery is in good condition.
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If it is not clicking at all, I am ruling out the relay and the starter.

Manual? Check the clutch switch. With the key in the Start positon, move the clutch pedal. Make sure there are no floor mats preventing full travel.

Automatic? Check the Neutral Safety Switch. Hold the key in the Start position while you jiggle the shifter. Also try starting in neutral, instead of Park
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