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#1 Old 02-23-2010, 03:26 AM
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Hard to start - Runs Great!

I have a 2005 3.5 V6 Altima. 130K miles. Recently did the second time plug change and is about ready for the timing belt to be done.

On ocassion i am expierincing a long cranking sequence to get it started. Five to seven seconds long in some cases. It has no pattern, no matter if engine is cold or hot. Once started it runs great, no missing or nothing. Any ideas?
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#2 Old 02-23-2010, 03:29 AM
There's a brake pedal?!
 
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perhaps the starter is going bad?
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altimas dont have timing belts and i would prob agree with the starter going bad
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The starter that is turning the engine perfectly fine without any hesitation? It doesnt seem to skip a beat. It engages and turns the engine right away. it's the engine that seems to have a problem taking off after the first two seconds of key ignition, and again it's not all the time. Just whenever it feels like doing it.
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I just fixed my xterra and it has a timing belt on a V6. Altimas must have a chain?
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I just fixed my xterra and it has a timing belt on a V6. Altimas must have a chain?
Yeah, the VG33 in your Xterra has a belt. The VQ35 has a chain, and is definitely a more involved job.

Not to undermine you, but have you checked the battery lately?
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I haven't but it's a start to eleminate the source. I would think if it was the battery it would be more of a slow, weak crank type of start.

Mine cranks hard and strong with a longer duration to self run.
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I haven't but it's a start to eleminate the source. I would think if it was the battery it would be more of a slow, weak crank type of start.

Mine cranks hard and strong with a longer duration to self run.
there are several things that can effect start up.

battery, starter, shit even if the fuel pump is going bad it could cause it.

Check the battery first, and then go from there.
i still say starter.
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put the car in the on position (with all lights lit up on dash) but don't start it for 10 seconds , then see if it starts up right away . it could be the fuel pump .

another problem could be the crank/cam sensor , are you getting a check engine light ?
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I have an OBD, no codes.
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my buddy just had this problem mechanic charged him 250 to find and eliminate the problem witch was his maf sensor wires where screwed up. something about the signal from the MAF. idk for sure. he followed the wires and noticed something wrong and ran all new wires from the maf. he didnt get a check engine. and it only was fed up on start up. hope it helps.

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Wow, I've been having this same exact problem.
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I'm with jimnolimit....sounds like it might be something to do with an initial lack of fuel pressure. I like the key on, wait, then start sequence...I do it all of the time anyway just to ensure a quick start.

My wifes VW Beetle runs the fuel pump when the drivers door is opened....even before you put the key in the ignition.....those German engineers are sly.

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Suspected mine to be a failing battery. Earlier it drained on me and I had to get a boost. Bought a new one and haven't had a long start since.
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Crank/Cam Position Sensor. Had the same intermittent problem. Until it finally died. Then the car wouldn't even turn over.

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