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#1 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 02:01 AM
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I have a 2008 frontier and its been pretty cold in the area i live in. Yesterday my truck wouldn't start and my dad had to give me a jump. When I would try starting it would just make like a clicking noise. After its warmed up it starts up just fine though. Today I didn't drive it anywhere and it really struggled to start up again. It drives fine, has a full tank of gas, and isn't due for an oil change for another 1000 miles. Anyone have a clue or have this same problem? Thank you
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Sounds like a bad battery...

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bad battery and might want to have the alternator look at as well

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start with the 2 obvious likely things and go from there
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I would guess the battery too, especially if its the original that came with the truck when it was new. Have you owned it since it was new?

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It started when jumped, so the starting system is OK if it has decent cranking amps and volts, you've shown that. Get a new battery.

And check voltage across the battery when the engine is running, should show 13.5 to 14 volts. That will show the charging system is OK.

Here in the heat, 2 years is battery life average.
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Thanks guys. Yeah I'll probably get it checked out. Started up just fine this morning. And yes I have owned it since it was new. I barely hit 20000 miles on it
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Your battery is shot. Alternator works fine.
Started with a jump, not enough life in the battery. Alternator forced some surface charge into the dying battery so it stated fine later in the day. Sit overnight and the battery looses the surface charge the alternator put on it and it cranked slow.
Any parts store will test it, and they generally do it for free.

Clicking noise is the starter solenoid engaging the starter, the load of the starter pulls the voltage down so low that the solenoid releases. Once the solenoid releases the load goes away and the voltage comes up. Since the voltage is up there is enough to pull the solenoid in again. Ruthless cycle. Good battery will fix that.
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Four years on a Nissan factory battery is way overdue. I've had four Nissan trucks crap out by two years old.


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Ever since that weekend it has started up just fine and drives just fine. Guess I should probably still get it checked out
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