Sounds like two problems. If it doesn't do anything unless you abuse the
key, you probably need a new ignition switch (and have needed one all
If the starter spins but does not engage the flywheel, then the towtruck
driver is also right - you need another starter. Get a real Nissan one and
you shouldn't have to replace it so often.
On 10/9/06 12:53 AM, in article
1160373233.203580.298100.RemoveThis@i3g2000cwc.googlegroups.com, "Charlie 3"
> I have a 96 Max GLE with over 277K miles. I have had exactly 3 starters
> since I got the car in 98. The one that came with it and the two that I
> have put in it. The last one was put in this past July but the problem
> I had didn't go away.
> For some reason it has always had a starting problem that has
> continously degraded over the years. At first, I was the only one that
> could crank it. My ex could when we were together but no one else. If I
> put it in the shop for tires or something, the techs would have to get
> me to crank it. I just turned the key and that was that.
> It was brought to my attention that I did turn it quite hard and fast.
> Apparently I had learned to do this and the car learned to respond.
> Over the last year, it has gotten much worse. It is at the point where
> I have to repeatedly crank it until it "catches." Then I have to hold
> it there while it cranks.
> The new starter did crank it faster than the old one but the problem
> with how it cranks was not fixed. I just recently had to tow it home
> cause it died on me over a friend's house. I went to do the usual but
> missed its attempt to crank. It usually just starts after a couple of
> more turns but it never cranked again.
> I was told it was the new starter. The towtruck driver touched my
> starter with a long flat-head and you could hear it spinning but not
> catching the engine. He said that meant the starter was bad. I just
> want to know what it is.
> Has the ignition switch gone bad and if it has how can you tell? Should
> I find a way to put a switch in it to get it to crank? What and how can
> I tell what is the problem? I do most of the repair work on my car but
> I have not been able to fix this one.
> >> Stay informed about: 96 Maxima will not start.