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First off, it's an 04 XE 4cyl 5spd....I got home today and was running low on fuel (maybe 5 - 10 miles into the idiot light process). Well i just left to go to the store and started the truck up with no problems. As i'm driving, I notice my gauges are all sitting at zero and my odometer isn't reading anything.

So while driving, i disengaged the clutch and turned the key to off, and went to restart it (as i've done before with no problems), but nothing happened. So i pull over and try it again....nothing. I have full power (stereo, lights, etc.) but when i turn the key to crank it, absolutely nothing happens except for relays clicking in the dash area. It is acting like the clutch safety switch isn't being pressed, but that wouldn't explain the gauges not working either.

I checked the fuse panel and all seems well, and the fusible links look alright as well as no burned out relays (nothing obvious).....any ideas?

either the starter isn't getting power for some strange reason all of a sudden, and the gauges are just coincidental.....or i blew a fuse or relay that i don't know about.
 

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have you check the battery?
 

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did you try jump starting the truck / or push start? Did you check the fuses and relays under the hood?
 

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I have full power (stereo, lights, etc.) .......I checked the fuse panel and all seems well, and the fusible links look alright as well as no burned out relays (nothing obvious).....any ideas?
ya voy a push start, but it's on a long level road with no one here to help, lol.


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like the previous post... check the battery, if you cant then take it to autozone and have it tested.
 

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like the previous post... check the battery, if you cant then take it to autozone and have it tested.
also would check the battery but i did just that last week. plus with full stereo system capabilities, lights, horn, etc. etc., and having just started it....why would this be indicative of the battery? it would still try to crank, or at least click a little bit.
 

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low voltage, bad cell, loose connection, voltage drop......
 

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low voltage, bad cell, loose connection, voltage drop......
even considering the possibilities you mentioned, it wouldnt have started just fine when it did....the truck died less than 1/2 mile from my house, it couldn't have developed a bad cell or voltage drop enough to not even 'click' the starter in what.....41 seconds or so? plus the connections are good.

also you have to take into account that while driving, i had no gauges or ODO display....so are the gauges, the starter, and/or the clutch interlock all on the same circuit?
 

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also would check the battery but i did just that last week. plus with full stereo system capabilities, lights, horn, etc. etc., and having just started it....why would this be indicative of the battery? it would still try to crank, or at least click a little bit.
how did you check your batt? also you realize that the accesories you mentioned don't put a load on the battery like the starter?

A master ase tech told me nissans are finicky when it comes to eletrical crap. If you battery is bad, or alternator is acting up it will cause the things you're describing.

Why dont you get a volt meter or power probe and start checking relays, and fuses? Also have you tried by passing the clutch interlock? have you checked the ign key cyl?
 

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how did you check your batt? also you realize that the accesories you mentioned don't put a load on the battery like the starter?

A master ase tech told me nissans are finicky when it comes to eletrical crap. If you battery is bad, or alternator is acting up it will cause the things you're describing.

Why dont you get a volt meter or power probe and start checking relays, and fuses? Also have you tried by passing the clutch interlock? have you checked the ign key cyl?
the stereo system in my truck isn't factory, therefore my stereo system wouldn't function properly without a good battery/alt combo. so my odometer display wouldn't function at all without a good battery? didn't realize that it would put a load on the battery either, being a small LCD display...

I use a load tester on my battery from time to time.

The main reason for my post was because i wasn't sure if there were any other members with this same issue at any time, just in case it was a common problem before i had it towed and put in the shop. I don't have the time lately to do all the testing explained in the FSM that i used to.

anyway, it's in the shop now, after a $276 parking ticket, even though i called the police when it broke down and told them it was there and they said it would be fine for 48 hours.
 
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