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Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Beyond Honolulu
It sounds like your solenoid is firing, but you're not getting power to your starter, or you have a bum starter--even though it is new. Have you checked power at the starter with a voltmeter when you have someone try to start it? .......e brake on, transmission in neutral, etc
On your '95, the starter solenoid is the smaller round cylinder on top of the large round cylinder of the actual starter motor itself. How old is this starter, when did you replace it? Consider taking it off and taking to your local parts store to have it tested. At least in my part of N. America (as well as here in Hawaii) you can haul your starter to the local parts stores like O'Reilley's, Autozone, etc and they will test it for you. Suspect your starter until you have ruled that out.
On Sunday, I pulled the starter from a friend's Frontier that I had replaced a year ago. It would click, but not turn. At the store it tested out fine and spun, so I re-installed it and it worked. It could perhaps have a "dead spot" in it even though it has had not that much usage in 1 year. If it goes out again, and re-testing shows it to be good at the store, then I'm going to have to arm-wrestle the counter guy and make them replace it anyway.
The large "power in" cable at your starter solenoid should have same voltage as your battery. Voltmeter positive lead here, and the negative on the engine block, read voltage. The solenoid is a large switch, or a relay. The click is when the solenoid throws and makes an electrical connection. When it clicks, it is closing a switch internally. At that point, the OTHER large wire on the assembly that goes directly into the starter motor from the solenoid should spike to the 12.5V that you see at the battery. Test that one when someone keys the ignition and tell us what you get.
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You should go to Pirate. I hear they are real smart over there. You'd fit right in.