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Old 02-10-2013, 08:23 AM
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Default 2010 Altima push button won't start

I have a 2010 Altima. When I push to start the car, it cranks but doesn't start. It seems like it tries a few times, doesn't start, then gives up. I've checked that the brake lights come on when I push the brake pedal, have a full tank of gas, and the headlights come on. Used a ODBII scanner but no codes. The dash lights seem to be normal. Any ideas?
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Does it crank slow? If the battery is weak it may not turn over fast enough.
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I tried jump starting and that didn't make any difference. I also turned on the headlights and attempted to start the car, and it seemed to crank about the same. Does that seem like a good test? I haven't had the battery tested, though.
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Get a can of starting fluid, spray some into the air cleaner box and try to start it. Report back with the results.
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Get a can of starting fluid, spray some into the air cleaner box and try to start it. Report back with the results.
Not sure I would try that. The air flow meter is quite expensive . I wouldn't spray anything through it. Try putting the gas pedal to the floor and crank it to see if it starts. It may take a little more cranking than usual to get it going.
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Try putting the gas pedal to the floor and crank it to see if it starts.
That cuts off the fuel to the injectors and is normally used to clear a flooded engine. It won't start the car. The starting fluid will tell you if you have a fuel or ignition problem. It's actually a vapor and shouldn't cause any problem with the air flow meter when used according to directions.
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That cuts off the fuel to the injectors and is normally used to clear a flooded engine. It won't start the car. The starting fluid will tell you if you have a fuel or ignition problem. It's actually a vapor and shouldn't cause any problem with the air flow meter when used according to directions.
Starting fluid is a liquid. It is made primarily of butane, heptane and propane. All liquids.
Cutting fuel to the injectors is exactly what I want to happen. There is a good chance that if multiple attempts were made to start the car it is indeed flooded. If it is, cutting the fuel will start the car.
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When you said engine cranks and then just give up, I interpret that as battery just run out of juice. Your car is fairly new, so with exception battery discharge from over cranking I rule out the Starter, and fuel delivery. fuses and relays (ecm relay, fuel pump fuse & relay, ignition relay) are a possibility. jump starting did not work so its not battery.

A little over a week ago there was a very similar scenario like yours. the only diffference is you haven't removed your battery for testing or install a new battery. i am convinced the anti-theft immobilizer was triggered because of so much cranking. i believe you can only cranks a number of times after which the ECM will put vehicle in lockdown mode. their mechanic told them to do the anti-theft reset procedure and "VOILA" car started. i am not aware the reset is available on 3rd gen Altima but this Nissan is a Maxima. so here's the link on this forum. try this and let us know if that work.

http://x.nissanhelp.com/forums/newre...uote=1&p=87097
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The link above is broken, here is the link he meant to post, good luck.

Help!! Car won't start but lights work
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Try putting the gas pedal to the floor and crank it to see if it starts. It may take a little more cranking than usual to get it going.
This took care of it. It was flooded. Thanks for all of the help, that was much easier than I expected.
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