I have a '93 nissan pathfinder with a starter problem: frequently when I turn the key nothing happens.
My mechanic has replaced the starter twice, replaced the battery, the battery cables and most recently replaced the starter relay, all to no effect. They also tested the alternator, after replacing the battery didn’t solve the problem, but the battery is getting a charge.
first, it starts consistently when the engine is cold, fails frequently when the engine is hot.
2nd, when it fails I bump the engine once or twice and then the starter system works.
By bump the engine I mean:
I have a stick shift, I shift into first gear, step out of the car, press the clutch down with my right foot, push the car forward getting up to perhaps 1 mph, take my foot off the clutch to transfer the energy to the engine in a ‘bump’.
For some reason, through all of the attempts to fix the problem, this has always worked to get the starter to turn over. My mechanic doesn’t know what to make of this, but it keeps me from getting stuck and requiring a tow. However this is inconvenient and I expect that one day this will stop working, so I would like to get my vehicle back to working order. I haven’t gone camping this year because I am afraid of getting stuck miles from anywhere help is available.
If anyone has a idea of the problem please let me know. Alternately, if there are any components in the starter circuit I haven’t yet replaced let me know what they are. I am ready to try anything.
Thanks for any help. -Fred