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Terrano- Not starting, but turning over.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:37 pm    Post subject: Terrano- Not starting, but turning over. Reply with quote


I found the thread about this, but thought I'd start a new one incase the members had moved on, it was last commented on in 2012

I have 1998 Terrano, I had my little trailer hooked up for the first time this year. While starting car at DIY store, she just spun over and over, tried it a few times then thought I'd disconnect trailer electrics. Another few tries and she started. Got home and switched her off, while I stored trailer, then she wouldn't start, dead battery click click click.

I have had better issues before, the cross head screw bolt attaching Neg battery is prone to loosen if she idles for a long time.
Tried jump starting her with my other car, no joy. . . just turned over and over.
Took battery out and put it on charge for the night.

Fired up computer and searched with "Google".
I found a mechanic on a forum saying to turn ignition off for 10 sec, then on for 2sec and repeat 3 times. Tried this in morning, but no joy.
Called AA for assistance, guy arrived and I explained what I'd tried.

He double checked the fuel relay in fuse box, had power and clicked when engine cranked over.

He then went to fuel tank to check "pump". . . had power supply but no sound or feeling of pumping. He eloped me park car on my drive (as it'd been on street overnight)

I returned to Google and there is no electric pump back there, just a sender unit with power to fuel gauge float.

I still think my trailer has blown or kicked out my immobiliser, or fried the engine management ECU. . . . . But would the plug in lighting board for a trailer effect the engine management . . ?

Any suggestions . . . . ?

1998 Nissan Terrano 2.7tDi SWB Salomon
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's unlikely the trailer lights would affect the starting issue but you never know! The engine management light came on on my now long gone Terrano and it was a blown brake light fuse that caused it. Faulty trailer lights blew the fuse although it didn't affect the engine running.

I would be checking the fuel cut off solenoid on the injector pump first. You could listen for the click but there may be a cold start advance solenoid as well that would also click when cold. Best disconnect the fuel cut off sol' wire and check for voltage with a multimeter. If that's ok and you can hear/feel the click,the solenoid is likely ok although removal and powering up extenally is the only way to be sure.If there is power to the solenoid and you're satisfied it's working,it's gotta be a fuel issue.If there is no power,it's an electrical/ecu or immobiliser issue.
Check the tiny gauze filter in the fuel inlet supply to the inj' pump. Some didn't have a gauze at all,some had it in the banjo union and some had it in the pump itself where it can be fished out with a piece of mig wire once the banjo bolt is removed from the pump.Just a couple of things worth checking but you may also need a diagnostic checker plugged in to see if there are any fault codes.
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