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2006 nissan armada LE, just put a brand new battery in it

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2006 nissan armada LE, just put a brand new battery in it and now it will not start. everything else works. but when you turn the key to start it clicks just one time and that is it. Please help!!!!!
JA: Is the car in "Park" or "Neutral?" Do you know if your car has a "wheel lock" feature?
Customer: car is in park. yes it has a wheel lock feature
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: yes, everything is closed for the night.
JA: Great! What have you tried so far?
Customer: nothing, scrambling all over the internet trying to find some answers
JA: Is there anything else the Nissan Mechanic should be aware of about your Nissan?
Customer: nothing, just a bad battery, replaced with a new one.
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Nissan Mechanic about your situation and then connect you two.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

Hello Im Chris and I will assist you. Did tis problem occur before the battery was put in too? is it the reason for battery change?

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

It sounds to me like you have a bad starter. I can help you diagnose that if you have a test light and someone to crank the car for you.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
everything was working just fine before the battery swap. This is just confusing to me. Have changed a few batteries before, not a very complex process! i just don't know where to go from here.
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

Are the battery terminals on good?

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

do you have a test light?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
short of hammering them down to be extra sure, yes they are on tight. I did apply this corrosion resistant stuff that oriely's gave me, please don't tell me that could be the problem.
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

remove it and see what happens.

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

scrape your battery posts and terminals so they make good contact.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
okay i will give that a shot.
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

are you going to do it now?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
give me a few minutes, don't want to switch to the phone just yet!
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

thats not me i dont request that its the site

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

If it was me my name would be under it.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Oh okay. Thanks for letting me know.
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

No problem.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
that didn't work
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Cleaning the terminals
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

Ok you will need a test light and someone to crank the car

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

If you dont have a test light you can grab something to hit the starter with while its being cranked

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
What do you mean by hitting the starter??
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

Exactly what im saying. Hit it while some one cranks on the side not in back see if it turns over.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
What about the possibility of an ignition lockout bc of the keys? I am scrambling all over the Internet while I am texting you.
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

the starter clicks once. Thats why im not even thinking that.

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

Like I said if you have a test light its an easy diagnosis if we have power and signal to starter.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Okay Chris. If I'm looking for the starter where should I be looking. Sorry for the dumb question.
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

No question is ever dumb. Engine size?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
5.6
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

Ok that one is a bad one its actually under your intake

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

so much for hitting it.

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

but we can check for power in other ways

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I'm all ears!! Lol.
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

Did you try to start it in neutral?

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

Im pulling up the diagram

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Just tried the neutral start. Nothing. Still clicking.
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

1 click right?

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

not constant clicking?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
one click
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

ok. it has to be a bad connection or a bad starter. The click showes us your key is sending signal to the starter.

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

its the starter that is clicking

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Should I take a gamble and replace the starter? My wife just took off to the auto store.
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

I dont think you would be gambling.

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

I think its the problem are you up to the task?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Okay. Is this something I would be able to
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

Let me look for something for you

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

For me its not a biggie takes about 1.5 hours.

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

but that is using mostly air tools.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Gonna have the wife grab a starter at orielys.
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

Im sure you will be good. Ive actually pulled in cars to change oil and have had things like this happen. Good luck telling the customer.lol

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
okay i don't have air tools, but i have plenty of sockets and wrenches
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

The guy in the video is a drama queen.

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

Just be careful tightening intake back up its only plastic.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
my wife just called me and said the soonest i can get one is tomorrow.
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

Ok

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

so you wil do it tomorrow?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
i will probably pull it tonight so i can see what i might need tomorrow if there is something else that i might need.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
what are the chances that i can talk with you tomorrow??
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

very good. give me a time and ill be on for you

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

make it after 12 though because i will be at the airport

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
okay, after 12 will be just fine for me. I will probably have a load of questions if things are not going well! LOL!
how do i get a hold of you? does this conversation just stay open. or can i give you my cell?
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

oh one more thing if you try to bench test your starer it may work because it has no resistance. Dont take that as it being good.

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

I will leave this open until your car is starting. I dont care how long lol.

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

when you write me here i get it on email and i can come on.

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

ide like to give you my number but that would be against policy here.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
okay. sounds good then. i will give you a holler around 1300 if that works!
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

All you have to do is log on and go to your questions.

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

Gnite.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
i understand! rules are rules, believe me i know. 14 years in the Navy! LOL
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

I hear ya!

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
i just watched the video, and this is above my skill level and i don't feel comfortable doing this repair!!
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

Ok. What can i say?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Don't cry to hard from laughing. I went back through and checked all wires that hook to the battery. Found a lose ground and I also missed a single wire that also hooked up to the battery. Fired right up! Lol.
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

LOL that was one of the first questions I asked!

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

actually im glad you dont have to pay to get it done im laughing with you not at you!!!!!!

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

you see the fear of the starter replacement technique worked lol

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Yeah so there is a huge bundle and a single wire for the positive terminal. I had the big bundle and forgot the little guy!
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Thanks for all your help though.
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

No problem. Either way I like to help people keep away from mechanics. You saved a bundle.

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 6 months ago.

good luck!

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