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Chad Farhat
Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems
Category: Nissan
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Experience:  Owner at Carolina Auto Service & Sales , 20 years Experience in Foreign & Domestic vehicles
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I cant seem to get it to start although it cranks repeatedly

Customer Question

I cant seem to get it to start although it cranks repeatedly and strong It is a 2003 2.5L nissan altima
JA: Will the headlights turn on? Is the battery fully charged?
Customer: Yes
JA: Are you fixing your Altima yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes. I have tried roll starting it. Its standard as well. I have checked the fuel pump doesnt seem to be the issue. But that is about it
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No thats fine
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 10 months ago.

Hi, I'm Chad. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question and I will be posting your reply ASAP.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No problem. Im just really insure of the issue i just bought it 30 days ago 127k miles and has a decent service history..
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 10 months ago.

hey how are you

we need fuel & spark to start

so you have fuel but do you have spark ,can you check ?

how many miles on it ?

the engine spinning to fast is not good , did you jump timing ? do you know how to check timing ?

any noise from the front engine cover ?

Please let me know

Thank You

Chad Farhat

ASE Certified Technician

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Not sure how to check for spark.. But i do think there is a possibility of flooded spark plugs.. Im currently at work and came across this sight whilst looking for info on the symptoms
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Not aware how to check timing either. But i did hook it to a computer 2 days ago and the only code that came back was a cylinder 4 miss fire however i do not believe that would make it not start.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
127k miles and no noticable sound from the engine cover no.
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 10 months ago.

yes that is posssibilty

first , pull the spark plugs out and check for fuel on them

second check all fuses underhood fuse box with a test light, replace if any bad

3-most common problems ignition coils , always replace in a set

also ckp (crank shaft position sensor) is common issue for no spark

do that and let me know

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