The light is a Security light. It is not in the cluster, it is on left side of the dash, however, it is a Factory Security light, not an after market light. I did more trouble shooting today. Not sure, however, I may still have more than one problem remaining. I jacked up the car and located the starter. I placed my jumper across the hot battery cable and the solenoid terminal. All I would get most of the time was a loud clicking sound. Almost sounds like the starter was in a lock position. Once in a while the engine would turn over, very seldom though. This is with my jumper, not with the ignition switch. The battery voltage reads around 12.60 volts. While doing this test I also had my battery cables hooked up to my truck while it was running. With that said, I'm wondering if the starter went bad. I replaced it less than a year ago. These current problems all started with a shorted out ignition switch which I just replaced the other day. I'm also not getting any voltage at the starter solenoid wire. I also replaced the starter inhibitor relay as well. This Pathfinder has a 6 pin inhibitor relay. Two top pins are vertical, two lower outer pins are also vertical and two lower inner pins are horizontal. They are numbered 1,2, 3, 4, 6 and 7. Very difficult to get any information for this 2000 Pathfinder. It would be nice to identify which pin in the inhibitor relay socket goes down to the starter solenoid. I will try looking for information in that NICO Club Website you mentioned. Any other suggestions. Thank you, Tommy.smj999smj wrote:The red, flashing light is usually a security system light. If it's in the cluster, it's a factory system. However, if you have a red LED set in the plastic of the dashboard, it is likely an aftermarket system. The factory security system, if activated, will cut the fuel pump but still allow the starter to crank the engine. If you have a factory service manual, there are diagnostic procedures and wiring diagrams located in the factory service manual for your vehicle. NICO Club's website allows free access to their online, Nissan FSM collection. If, however, you have an aftermarket system, it may prevent the starter from cranking. Most of these systems have a module attached with tie straps located under the driver's side of the dash and a lot of these systems don't have the instruction manuals with the vehicles. For those systems, you may be best off taking the vehicle to a place that installs such systems.
Ok, I will be checking what you are saying tomorrow. I'll install the new starter as well. I will post my findings as soon as possible. Thank you very much. Aloha, Tommy.smj999smj wrote:For those following this, Pin 6 of the relay gets power only when the ignition key is turned to the start condition. Pin 7 will receive that voltage and send it to the starter solenoid "if" and "when" the relay solenoid is energized AND it pulls closed the switch between Pins 6 and 7, completing the circuit.
smj999smj, you were right. After I installed the replacement starter, I jumped terminals 6 and 7. The engine starter right up. So, I then purchased another starter relay. Removed the jumper wire, installed the new starter relay. The engine started right up. The causes for this no start condition: Ignition switch shorted out, the starter relay shorted out and the starter was shorted out. After I replaced all 3 items, the engine runs fine now. Thanks to all. A Special thanks to: smj999smj. Your support and expertise is really appreciated. Aloha, Tommy.Daughter Summer wrote:Ok, I will be checking what you are saying tomorrow. I'll install the new starter as well. I will post my findings as soon as possible. Thank you very much. Aloha, Tommy.smj999smj wrote:For those following this, Pin 6 of the relay gets power only when the ignition key is turned to the start condition. Pin 7 will receive that voltage and send it to the starter solenoid "if" and "when" the relay solenoid is energized AND it pulls closed the switch between Pins 6 and 7, completing the circuit.