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Hello; I have owned my Frontier for a little over a year now. It is a 2003 3.3L XE, standard transmission.
I'll admit, I don't know much about vehicles and I got excited, jumped the gun and bought it.
Soon after, I discovered the previous owners must've done very shoddy work on it.
In the time I've owned it, I've probably only gotten 5 months use out of it. It's just sitting there now.
I've finally decided to join because I honestly need all the help I can get.
Hope some of y'all won't mind helping me out a bit.
 

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What is wrong? What is it not doing (besides running)
Is it not cranking?
It is not starting!
Is it over heating?

Tell us and will give advice


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What is wrong? What is it not doing (besides running)
Is it not cranking?
It is not starting!
Is it over heating?

Tell us and will give advice


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Thanks and for sure, I'd really appreciate it!

It was doing that thing where I would put in the key, and the lights and stuff would work, but as soon as the key was turned to start the engine, everything seemed to die.
Thought it was the battery, but upon taking a functional(compatible) battery from another vehicle, problem persisted.
Then I was told it could be the starter. I ordered one and when it was installed, there was 0 activity upon key insertion.
Another mechanic said the engine was gone. He said I could get another opinion.
Now, another mechanic says that the starter that was installed is meant for an auto-transmission, but I was certain the one I got was meant for the truck I have. He said that's why the engine appears gone, but that it's the out-of-place starter tying up the engine. It looks the same as the one that was taken out, though. He said they may appear to be similar , but the inner machinations differ.
Now, I certainly do hope this is the case, since it is a much simpler solution than replacing the engine.
Could it be that I got the wrong starter motor? I ordered it online to save money. When ordering online, should the input of the vehicle specs alone show me the parts that are compatible with my truck? I mean, is the transmission type predetermined by the specs, since the, "choose your vehicle" tool doesn't ask about this.
 

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If you wiggle the key around in the ignition while you try to turn it over does that change anything. I'm wondering if it could possibly be a bad ignition.

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Well without being there it sounds like a cable (possibly negative)


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If you wiggle the key around in the ignition while you try to turn it over does that change anything. I'm wondering if it could possibly be a bad ignition.

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Nah, that didn't help at the time. Currently, it will do nothing. I was told it has the wrong starter(meant for an automatic).

Well without being there it sounds like a cable (possibly negative)


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The stuff does look like it was put back together carelessly after being worked on, I suppose. They even snipped the cables that connect to the stereo out of laziness.
 

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The cable may be lose on the engine or corroded from within the black plastic shielding, doesn't hurt to go to the local parts store and buy a new one and replace it just to see


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