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My car will not start JA: Figuring out why a car won't start

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My car will not start
JA: Figuring out why a car won't start can be a challenge - it could be a simple repair, or something a bit more complicated. Fortunately, the mechanic I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts. Tell me a bit more about what's going on so he can help you best.
Customer: When you turn the key the starter won't spin over and it's a new starter
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: Yed
JA: Is there anything else the Nissan Mechanic should be aware of about your Nissan?
Customer: No
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  internal88 replied 1 year ago.
Hello, I'm Matt.Does the car crank at all?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We just put a new starter in it
Expert:  internal88 replied 1 year ago.
Is the battery outputting 12.6 v?
Expert:  internal88 replied 1 year ago.
What is the year and model of the vehicle?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yes
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Everything works, the starter won't spin over
Expert:  internal88 replied 1 year ago.
Do this test: take the jumper and clamp one side the positive term of the battery and one side to the positive term of the starter.It should crank immediately.If not, then the ignition switch is bad.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I've tried that and it spins but won't start
Expert:  internal88 replied 1 year ago.
what kind of car you have?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
1998 Maxima. It cranks but won't start when you jump the cylinoid
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hello?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Would the security system have anything to do with it?
Expert:  internal88 replied 1 year ago.
I got it. It is the crank position sensor that is giving you problem.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Are they expensive?
Expert:  internal88 replied 1 year ago.
This is a common problem with the Maxima especially 1998. You need to replace it with a NEW factory Nissan crank sensor. Not aftermarket because they failed.
Expert:  internal88 replied 1 year ago.
No, not expensive.
Expert:  internal88 replied 1 year ago.
$80 at the dealer.Please rate m positive, thank you!
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
That's not ithe problem..when you try to start it won't crank
Expert:  internal88 replied 1 year ago.
Then did you change out the ignition switch?
Expert:  internal88 replied 1 year ago.
I'm going to opt out.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.
Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!Does the fuel pump run when the key is turned on?Have you checked to see if the engine controller will communicate with a scan tool?