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Thread: Starter problem - 94 Nissan Pathfinder

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    jdr01930
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    Default Starter problem - 94 Nissan Pathfinder

    This started a few days ago:
    When I start the engine, it starts right up, but there is a grinding noise
    for a few seconds right after the engine turns over. I am NOT a mechanic,
    but it sounds like the starter motor is not disengaging immediately after
    the engine turns over. (no, I'm not holding the key in the Start position,
    but that what it sounds like!) It does this about 80% of the time.

    Wild guess, but at 121,000 miles, it sounds like it's probably time for a
    new starter!

    I have a Haynes Nissan Automotive Repair manual that a friend gave me a
    while back, and it makes replacing the starter LOOK easy. Would this be a
    good DIY project if I want to start saving some $$ and start doing some of
    this stuff myself? Like I said, I am not a mechanic, but I am mechanically
    inclined and am pretty good with tools.

    Also, the manual has exploded views of the starter. Can the starter be
    cleaned out/repaired, or is it best to not go there.

    Finally, if I let this go for a week or so before fixing it, will it do
    any damage?
    Car is a 94 Pathfinder XE 4x4 Automatic V6

    Thanks - John

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    jdr01930
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    Default Starter problem - 94 Nissan Pathfinder

    Thanks Wil!
    OUCH - that drop tranny/pull engine bit sounds rather ominous/expensive. I
    don't think I'd take that on myself!

    Anyway, I'm suppose to get out of work early today, and have the next 4
    days off, so I'm going try to take starter out this afternoon or tomorrow
    morning. Since I've never really seen the flexplate before, if it's
    condition is ambigous I might try to get creative w/ my digital camera and
    a mirror, and put some pictures of it on my website for evaluation.
    Hopefully you could take a look if it comes down to it. I'll keep you
    posted.

    If it does come to replacing the flexplate, would I be better of having
    the dealer do it, or a local garage?

    John

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