The Nissan Maxima Starter Troubleshooting Corner
The Nissan Maxima starter is a small part with a big function: it sends electrical power to the battery, which then activates the whole car. Without it, getting your vehicle to work would be very tedious. Like all parts, however, it cannot last forever. So to ensure that your Nissan Maxima starter works smoothly for as long as possible, here are some troubleshooting tips:
If you hear a sort of clicking noise whenver you try to start yout car, you might want to check the state of your starter's battery. If the battery is malfunctioning, it might not be able to produce enough power for the vehicle to start. Check whether the battery is corroded and if so, have that part replaced immediately. Another cause might be the solenoid on top of the starter. If this gets broken or worn down, power will not transfer from the starter to the battery. A good way to check this is to get a jumper cable and wire the starter to the battery. If you vehicle manages to start in this manner, then you are sure that the solenoid is at fault and needs to be replaced.
If you smell something burnt from under the hood, and you are certain that it is not coming from the engine, then the issue might be something faulty with the electrical connections of your starter. Take a look at your starter and check if there is any wire or connection burnt out. If you detect any signs of these, is it best that you replace the part immediately. Failure to do so might result in a car fire, which would cost you a lot more than a new starter.
Starter not engaging
When you are having a difficult time simply getting the ignition to work, and none of those listed above are present, then you might want to take a look at the gears and pinions inside the starter. This sort of problem is simple caused by old age. Time will slowly wear the gears down, and as a result, the car will not be able to start.