This tutorial will help you test the starter motor, on your 2.4L Nissan Frontier or Xterra, without removing it to bench test it. All the tests are explained in plain English and are accomplished with basic tools.
By the way, this article covers two types of 2.4L Nissan Xterra/Frontier starter motors and you'll see the two types of starter motors in the image viewers in each test.
Here are the contents of this article at a quick glance:
Suggestion 1: You don't need to remove the starter motor from the vehicle to perform the test steps in this article/tutorial. The photos I'm using show it off of the vehicle just to make it easier to show you where to make your connections.
Suggestion 2: The battery in your Nissan needs to be fully charged to perform all of the tests. Also, the battery cable terminals and battery posts must be clean and corrosion free.
Suggestion 3: Use jack stands to keep your Nissan Xterra or Frontier up in the air... don't trust the jack alone! Take all necessary safety precautions, like using jack stands to hold up the vehicle, wearing eye-protection (safety glasses), etc.
Suggestion 4: If you're vehicle has a standard transmission... make sure that it's out of gear and in neutral, and the parking brake is activated/on.
When the starter motor goes BAD on your 2.4L Nissan Xterra or Frontier, you'll see one of the following symptoms:
Although the above list is a not a very complete list of symptoms... the theme that runs thru' them, and any other related symptom, is that the engine will not turn over when the key is turned to crank the engine in your Nissan 2.4L Frontier or 2.4L Xterra.
You don't need expensive test equipment to test the starter motor on your 2.4L 4 cyl. Nissan Frontier or Xterra... but you do need a few things. These are:
You'll need to raise your vehicle to gain access to the starter motor... never trust the jack alone to hold your Nissan up in the air! Use jack stands!
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