Nissan Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Hi There, I'm Clayso a certified master automobile technician with 30 years of automotive repair and diagnostic experience.
From your description sounds like the starter itself. When the brushes start going bad in the starter tapping on the starter will make it engage. The next time it won't crank try tapping on the starter, if it engages the starter motor is at fault.
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I do understand the clutch interlock switch and the relay are a lot easier to get to than the starter. You can bypass the clutch interlock switch on the bracket above the clutch pedal simply by jumping the connector together. The clutch interlock switch provides a path to ground for the holding coil in the clutch interlock relay when the switch is closed. This will enable the vehicle to crank without the clutch engaged.
Let me know what all you findThanks