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Nissan Pathfinder No Start Problems

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  • Any insight is greatly appreciated. I am not a mechanic, but am looking for a solution. Thanks again.

    Since I bought this car at an auction, it randomly will not turn all you hear is a click and then nothing happens, this issue was never that bad b/c the car would turn after 3-20 tries. After a couple of years, the car is now not turning on anymore.

    Issue: Put key in, each stage of turning works fine, there is power, windows, radio, etc. On last station of key turn, you only hear a click and nothing else. If you leave the key pressed all the way, it doesn't keep clicking (just one click), however, you can hear a faint hum until you let the key go back.

    For over a year, the following would work: leave the key in, move the shifter to Neutral and then the car would start up perfectly. I am using the word random in the litteral sense. It randomly occurs and then randomly the car would start up perfectly. (Ranging from working on 2nd try through up to 5 minutes of trying.)

    Now, nothing works, I have changed the battery and had the alternator checked, they are fine. When the car decides to turn on, the starter turns the car on perfectly sounding great, (doesn't sound weak).

    Not sure where the issue is exactly. Is it my ignition switch? What else is there between that and the starter?
  • My wife and I just purchased a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder with 48k miles and V8 engine. It starts but sometimes will not turn over. It has had trouble starting 4 times in the last 2 days. I took it to dealership to have it looked at and service guy told me that they found nothing on the diagnostic machine and no recalls regarding this issue. He did tell me that sometimes the injectors will flood if the vehicle is parked on an incline. I have not checked if this is the problem but will be in the next few days.
  • The same happened to me. The incline has nothing to do with it. It is the check valve that is located in your fuel pump (inside gas tank). It gets stuck sometimes and will give you a hard time starting. You still should be under warranty since the fuel pump is covered under the 60,000 drive train coverage. Before you go back to the dealer (and I strongly suggest you go to another one) contact Nissan USA and tell them that you want to open a case for warranty to cover the check valve. Then they will give you a case number. With this case number you go back to the service manager and tell him to do the work. It worked for me!
  • Also your fuel gauge will stop working around 40k miles. It is also in the gas tank. There was a recall for it. I would suggest taking care of both things at the same time, since both require to take down your gas tank.
  • Also your fuel gauge will stop working around 40k miles. It is also in the gas tank. There was a recall for it. I would suggest taking care of both things at the same time, since both require to take down your gas tank.

    Here is a copy of the recall:

    Recall ID # 80845 - FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:AUXILLARY TANK Hide Details
    Recall Date MAR 03, 2010
    Component FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:AUXILLARY TANK
    Model Affected Pathfinder
    Potential Units Affected 80689

    Recall Date:
    MAR 03, 2010
    Model Affected:
    2006 Nissan Pathfinder
    Summary:
    NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006 AND MODEL YEAR 2008 FRONTIER, XTERRA AND PATHFINDER VEHICLES. THE MOLDED FUEL TANK SHELLS CAN DEFORM, CAUSING THE FUEL SENDER FLOAT ARM TO CONTACT AN EMBOSSMENT MOLDED INTO THE TANK SHELL CAUSING THE INSTRUMENT PANEL FUEL GAUGE TO SHOW THAT THE VEHICLE HAS APPROXIMATELY ONE QUARTER TANK WHEN THE FUEL TANK IS EMPTY.
    Consequences:
    THIS COULD CAUSE THE VEHICLE TO RUN OUT OF GAS AND STALL IN TRAFFIC, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
    Remedy:
    DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL LEVEL SENDING UNIT INSIDE THE FUEL TANK WITH A NEW ONE THAT HAS A MODIFIED FLOAT ARM. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE MARCH 22, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
    Potential Units Affected:
    80689
    Notes:
    NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
  • correction it is a V6\
  • the vehicle already has 48k miles so I have not noticed a problem with the fuel gauge not reading correctly yet. The PF does not do this everytime we start it and I am not sure if this is helping but before turning the key I listen for the pump to kick in and turn the key afterward. It starts most times and works great overall but the starting issue is still a blemish on an otherwise great suv. My brother told me to empty the tank or drive it to empty and then use gas without ethanol as well as use a fuel injector cleaner and maybe dry gas for a possible cheap fix. After that then we start looking into things like fuel pump, sensor, or fuel injectors.
  • johnp12johnp12 Posts: 2
    I have a Nissan pathfinder 2008 around 43000 miles I sometimes it won't start in the morning. last time i got out of work get on my car and when I arrived to my kids school to picked them up and tried to start my car and nothing I was with my kids around one hour to AAA to take it to the colonial Nissan in Medford MA and they did not find anything wrong since the car was able to start at the dealer and no check engine light comes out on the dashboard therefore is nothing wrong with it, I just really scare that every time to turn off mostly when I have my kids with me and end up in the middle of nowhere I need help I feel that they take advantage of me because i am a female
  • johnp12johnp12 Posts: 2
    I called the Nissan headquarter and explained was going on with my Nissan pathfinder 2008 have around 43000 miles that sometimes it won't start and that I had take to the dealer three times already their answer was that since the dealer are ears and eyes for them and they had not found anything so therefore was nothing they could do about it and I tried one last time to contact the Colonial Nissan here en Medford, MA and the Nissan in Lynn and they say that as long the car start when I bring it to them and no check engine light comes out on the dashboard the truck is perfectly find so the fact the doesn't start isn't an issue and that they won't be able to help me. I really feel that because I am a female they really take advantage of me and they don't seem to understand the sacrifices I had made to buy this car and isn't safe my main concern is when I have my kids with me I am terrified to end up in the middle of nowhere with them because of a defective truck I need help please
  • Your problem is a simple one. There is a check valve in your tank that malfunctions on the Pathfinders. There is also a recall for the feul gauge sensor that is in your gas tank. What you need to do is tell the dealer that you want the recall gas gauge replaced. Since they are already going to take down the tank, tell them to replace the check valve. You might want to contact Nissan USA first to start a case explaining what I just mentioned. After you get the case number, contact the dealer and tell them that you have a case number and have them fix the recall and check valve.
  • Sounds like the Neutral Safety Switch on the transmission. Keeps the car from stopping unless in P or N. N usually still works when it goes bad. DO NOT hold down the key in the start position it will break things
  • kjs2014kjs2014 Posts: 2

    Me and my fiance bought a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder back in September it had a little over 170,000 miles on it. Just recently it wasn't starting at all. All I heard was a clicking noise and then I would turn the key again and it would try to start. Well we had drove it 6,000 miles with no oil change due to lack of funds. I thought it was the starter so I just went and bought a new one and then got the oil change on it and all of sudden no more problems it's been firing up just fine now with no issues. My issue is now though is if I should take the starter back and get my money back for it or not. Kinda worried it's gonna start acting up again. Please help. Any info on these make and model vehicles would be great we've never owned one before and not sure what's going on. Thanks!!

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,985
    edited March 1

    I have a '99 Quest and my oil change interval is 7,500 miles (although I often exceed that).

    So I don't think the oil change is related.

    Other posters around the forums say that, in general, no start problems with a clicking noise are usually the battery and then the starter. I'm confused about whether you actually installed the new starter or not.

    Most auto parts stores will load test a battery for free so you may want to have that done.

    I suppose it's possible you had a bad battery connection and changing the oil somehow shifted the cables and made the connection better.

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