Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car won't start - 2001 Nissan Sentra

asked by on

battery is good and i took the starter out to get tested its good all the electric components work but the car wont start, before it died i noticed it would turn over slowly and i did have to jump it a few times, I'm thinking alternator.

My car has 135000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

A: Hello and thanks for your question. You hav...

Hello and thanks for your question. You have an issue with either the alternator not producing any amperage or there is a bad connection from the battery to starter. Also, there could be an issue with the clutch switch. Check the switch on the clutch pedal to see if it is functioning.

Check to see if there is any fuses burned. If the fuses are in good shape, the the clutch switch is okay, and there is a good connection to the starter from the battery, then I recommend replacing the ignition switch. I recommend having a qualified professional diagnose the starting problem so that this can properly addressed.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Losing coolant, high idle rpm, 2x P0300 1x P1111

Hello. From what you describe it would appear that there may be more than one issue with the vehicle. The rpm fluctuations can be caused many different things. A few things I would check are the idle air control valve,...

Q: Car not starting up sometimes - 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser

You have a faulty, possibly intermittent, fuel system and/or ignition system problem(s). Due to the age of the vehicle, you could indeed have a combination of problems. For example, fuel injectors will often get plugged given enough time and miles....

Q: What type of gas so I use?

Your truck should be perfectly fine running on 87 octane fuel. Generally, engines that use a higher compression ratio and/or use supercharging or turbocharging to force more air into the engine will require higher octane fuels. Increasing pressure in the...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.