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Old 06-28-2017, 12:18 PM   #1
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hey guys im new here and was hoping i could get some help as to whats goin on with my truck
so first off im working on my 93 nissan hard body
PROBLEM: trouble starting randomly, i have to push to start it if it wont miraculously turn on after the first few turns of the key.

ive tried the following:
new battery
checked starter it was good
cleaned terminals
and even checked the alternator it was good
i switched the ignition switch assembly as well (only difference is that before i would have to wiggle the key as if it wasnt making contact right then it would turn on but when i switched the ignition and got new keys i cant wiggle it to turn on anymore and it doesnt do it as much but still going on.
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Old 06-28-2017, 01:12 PM   #2
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Get your hands on a volt meter and see what your voltage is at rest, and when running. That is a good starting point. (pardon the pun)
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Old 06-29-2017, 01:15 AM   #3
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what is happening inside when you turn the key? does any internal power work when it wont start, then it all comes back when it starts? the actual switch in the column might be bad. its responsible for the redirection of current when the key goes from off to start.

and the good news is its about 25 bucks. but you gotta test the switch. take the colum cover off and remove the switch.........its on the left. one screw holds it to the column.

here it is on the column..it has the 5 wires showing.



and here is what it looks like off the column.

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If it's stick is the clutch switch working correctly?
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Old 06-29-2017, 03:21 AM   #5
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See no mention of the relay as checked.
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Back to the question: It could be the clutch interlock relay, located under the hood, next to the battery in the pic below. Ignore the finger! That guy was pointing to the wrong relay. I circled the right one and posted back:



A bad interlock relay can be remedied/patched by disconnecting the relay and sticking a couple of wires in to short the path that the relay would take. Look at the top of the relay, and it should show you its wiring diagram.

Here's what mine looked like when it was bypassed a couple of different times:



After replacing that relay a couple of times, and it kept going out - leaving me stranded, I eventually just cut that connector out and soldered the wires back together.

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Old 06-29-2017, 10:16 PM   #7
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I keep a spare, had to use it once too!
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Would this be the same problem I’m having
It won’t start I have to push start
On my ignition switch it makes a clicking sound
I can hear it clicking at the switch,fuse panel and relay on passenger side fender
I replaced Starter and the Starter relay
Sorry if this is not alowed but I have been looking at all the threads before making own1
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Would this be the same problem Im having
It wont start I have to push start
On my ignition switch it makes a clicking sound
I can hear it clicking at the switch,fuse panel and relay on passenger side fender
I replaced Starter and the Starter relay
Sorry if this is not alowed but I have been looking at all the threads before making own1
I'd suspect corrosion on the battery cables first. See if you can get a set of jumper cables and wire them up over where the battery cables go.

If you are still having cranking issues with the clicking noise, take it by an auto parts store to see if the battery is low on charge. If it is, have them check the alternator to make sure the voltage regulator. If the alternator is putting out the correct current, get a new battery. If not, get a new alternator.
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