My Nissan Versa Won't Start

by Mandi Titus
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The Versa is a compact vehicle manufactured and sold by Nissan Motors. The Versa's major benefit is its economical gas mileage. Like all vehicles, the Nissan Versa may have problems starting at some point. If you are having trouble starting your Versa, there are a few things that you can check prior to calling in a professional to diagnose the problem. Checking for these simple problems can save time and money in the long run.

Step 1

Insert your key into the ignition and try to turn it. If the key does not turn, adjust the steering wheel until it locks then try turning the key again. If the steering wheel is not locked, the key will not turn and your Versa will not start.

Step 2

Check that the car has enough gas for the engine to start. If you are unsure about the fuel level, add a gallon of gas and retry starting the engine.

Step 3

Open the hood and check the fluid levels in the car, including the oil, transmission fluid and coolant. A lack of or low fluid levels can cause engine starting problems in the Versa.

Step 4

Turn the key in the ignition to the "Accessories" position then turn on the interior lights or headlights. If the lights do not turn on, the battery is likely drained and needs to be jump-started, charged or replaced.

Step 5

Attempt to start the engine and listen for any unusual noises. Clicking noises could indicate a faulty starter. If the engine starts briefly then shuts off, there could be a fuel line or pump problem. If you hear nothing at all, your Versa may have a faulty ignition switch.

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