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My 2008 Pathfinder won't start...key in the ignition and I

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Customer: hi, I'm Judi. My 2008 Pathfinder won't start...key in the ignition and I get power like everything is fine, but no firing of the engine. Someone backed into my car this morning and hit it light enough to leave a little paint, but cause no other damage...
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: well, when you try to turn over the ignition, it makes a fast little clicking sound, but no engine spark whatsoever
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

Do you still need help with this?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.


Rapid clicking like you are hearing when you turn it on to try and start it is usually due to a low battery. If the battery doesn't have enough power, you will hear the solenoid for the starter clicking, but the starter doesn't get enough power to crank the engine.

On these sometimes we see issues with the positive battery cable corroding and causing issues as well. I think you need to try a jump start to begin with. Let the donor car stay on it for about 15 minutes, then try to start it. I suspect it will start at which point I suggest taking it to a parts store if possible and have the battery tested.

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Thank you so much!

Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Hi Judi,

Just thought I would touch base and see how you made out with this?