Date Registered: 05-2013
Location: Southern River, WA
TOTAL POSTS: 39
X-Trail T30 Hard to start but runs fine
I have searched and so far not found an answer to my problem. I have a 2006 manual Nissan X-Trail T30 II which has always ran well and having just passed 250k. The last 2 weeks now, I have had a lot of trouble starting the car - it turns over just fine and all the electronics works fine such as radio and air con, but it just needs to crank minimum of twice as long as normal to start, occasionally it hiccups a little on start as well, sometimes takes a few minutes to start. Once running, it idles fine, no power loss, never dies. If I turn the motor off and try to start immediately, it has the same problem, no matter if right away or the next day.
So far, I have replaced the fuel filter (in the tank, the pump seems to work fine and the fuse is fine), the fuel line goes hard when we turn on the ignition, checked the spark plugs, charged the battery and checked the air filter. None of which have changed the operation of the motor. I think I have ruled out fuel as a problem, unless it may be running lean, but I think that would still be electrical, so I think that the problem is something with the ECU or a sensor. I have found people talking about fuel pumps failing and crank and O2 sensors, but all seem to have problem idling, or refuse to start altogether or some other problem, but once mine starts eventually, no problems at all with the running of the car. I have been told to check the O2 sensor and the Crank sensor, but, if I have my information correct, if they are a problem, shouldn't that cause rough running as well as a hard start?
Would anyone have any advice on what I can do next? I'm a little strapped for cash after Christmas, so would prefer DIY before I have to take to a mechanic...
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