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Hello everyone, i'm new to the site, but not new to car problems. I purchased
this car with 28,587 in 2003 and now it has 31,277 in 2005. I have not driven
this car for a season since purchased. I have had problems with the car just
dying in traffic, not restarting until 3-4 hours later or maybe not at all. Its power seems to decrease during driving a course of 10 miles or less. I have
had a Nissan dealership "try" to fix it, but unable to as its not running currently eventhough they did extremely expensive work on it including:

New Computer, New distributor, new battery, new spark plugs with tuneup,
new tires, new brakes, new fusible links and etc. The timing belt was o.k..
the valves was looked at and was o.k., but its not turning over to start. I
need help before I spend anymore money. What could it be?
 

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quicksand said:
Hello everyone, i'm new to the site, but not new to car problems. I purchased
this car with 28,587 in 2003 and now it has 31,277 in 2005. I have not driven
this car for a season since purchased. I have had problems with the car just
dying in traffic, not restarting until 3-4 hours later or maybe not at all. Its power seems to decrease during driving a course of 10 miles or less. I have
had a Nissan dealership "try" to fix it, but unable to as its not running currently eventhough they did extremely expensive work on it including:

New Computer, New distributor, new battery, new spark plugs with tuneup,
new tires, new brakes, new fusible links and etc. The timing belt was o.k..
the valves was looked at and was o.k., but its not turning over to start. I
need help before I spend anymore money. What could it be?
Do I need to have the engine overhauled or replaced?
 

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quicksand said:
Hello everyone, i'm new to the site, but not new to car problems. I purchased
this car with 28,587 in 2003 and now it has 31,277 in 2005. I have not driven
this car for a season since purchased. I have had problems with the car just
dying in traffic, not restarting until 3-4 hours later or maybe not at all. Its power seems to decrease during driving a course of 10 miles or less. I have
had a Nissan dealership "try" to fix it, but unable to as its not running currently eventhough they did extremely expensive work on it including:

New Computer, New distributor, new battery, new spark plugs with tuneup,
new tires, new brakes, new fusible links and etc. The timing belt was o.k..
the valves was looked at and was o.k., but its not turning over to start. I
need help before I spend anymore money. What could it be?

??? when you say it is not turning over to start, do you mean the starter doesn't even engage and turn the motor over, or do you mean it physically turns the motor over but won't start ? depending on which it is will make a big difference on your answers. :)
 

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If the engine is turning over, but just not starting, you probably want to start with the basics and make sure you are getting spark and fuel, then go from there.
:)

if you can determine this, you can start to narrow it down.
 

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To check for spark, just pull a spark plug wire and put it twards a ground. If you can see a spark,TADA, You have spark.

The only way I can say to check for fuel is sniff the tailpipe after cranking. If it smells like gas, TADA, You have fuel.

Id try cranking it with some starting fluid and see if she starts up.
 

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Thanks! For the replies.

She does have spark, however I will change the plugs just to be on the safe side.

I will try the starter fluid. Will post results later.
 

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If it is throttle body injectd TBI then you can look at the injector for fuel while it is cranking. if it is a carb then push open the butterflys with your finger and manually go wide open you should see a little shot of gas from the accelerator pump. when it si cranking after being warm dose it crank real fast real slow or normally.

Real fast loosing compression
Real slow starter is heat soaking and failing or your engine is seasing up
normal probably have electronics heat soaking and failing to work.
 
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