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I have a 97 Nissan 200sx and it won't start. It was running

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I have a 97 Nissan 200sx and it won't start. It was running fine for the first two weeks that I got it but now it just won't start. Before it totally quit I had to push the clutch in harder each time to start it and now it just won't start at all. There is a ticking sound coming from the relay box where the one labeled clutch is
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

Hi, My name is ***** ***** for the delay.

I will do my best to assist you

are you saying the starter wont even turn the engine?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the battery is drained in less than 2 hours but I've replaced it twice. When I do charger the battery and try to start the car it's not even trying to turnover. Just a clicking sound coming from the relay box
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

does the starter motor make a click sound also?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

ok..i would think your problem is the clutch safety switch

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

this switch is mounted to the top of the clutch pedal/bracket

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay so does it just need to be replaced
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

i would think it needs replaced,,it may have just came loose..you will need to look at it

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay I found its, it's just a black button behind the clutch correct
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

yes,,that is it

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

the switch is to keep it from starting unless the pedal is depressed

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay, and do you know what could be the cause of the battery drainage? I've heard sometimes the security systems can b the cause
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

well,thats a different problem,,irst get it to run,,,

the battery may just be weak[a dead cell] or the alternator may not be charging

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

let me know how it gos

thanks