View Full Version : Car won't start! What a morning...

02-05-2002, 06:10 AM
yesterday i was sick, couldn't go to work, today my car won't start. when i turned the ignition everything was normal, and it started to crank over for a second and a half and just stopped, and all heard was a high pitched motor sound, i opened the hood and it sounded 'like' the fuel system when you turn the key over twice, but not start it. the high pitched sound got higher and higher so i grabbed the keys from the ignition hoping my car won't blow up or something. and the electric motor wouldn't stop running! i ran in the garage to get some tools to take off the battery wire to end the problem alltogether. when i put the wire back on, the electric motor, (starter i'm assuming) turns back on without the keys in the ignition! WTF two days missing work doesn't look good

should i just have it towed to the dealer or is there something i can do. i already called into work and their not too happy, that's been said and done, now i have to worry about fixing this by tomorrow. and my parents are out of town for the week, i have no car to drive. please help. thank you

[ 02-05-2002: Message edited by: WhateverJames ]

02-05-2002, 08:43 AM
It sounds like either your starter selinoid is frozen in the start position or the lead to the selinoid has found a closed circuit somehow. Check the small wire going to the starter for current. When you hit the ignition a current is sent to the selinoid which will close the circuit between the positive side of the battery and the starter itself. If there is no current to the small wire and the starter is still turning, the selinoid is frozen and you will have to replace the entire starter. Its not that expensive and pretty easy to replace.

02-05-2002, 08:45 AM
I forgot to add, if the selinoid is frozen and you have to drive the car, you can tap the starter with a hammer and it might dislodge the selinoid; this a temporary solution only.

02-05-2002, 10:40 AM
alright! i tried tapping the starter with a hammer and it stopped, and the ignition worked. i hope it does it again tonight when i drive to the dealer. you saved me a tow truck fee. i'm going to let nissan do this repair, i REALLY need my car by tomorrow. plus i'm going to get some other stuff checked up on. thanks.

02-06-2002, 08:05 AM
I am glad I could help, that is part of the reason we are all here. Paul.