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Question DetailsAsked on 11/14/2016

Service engine light blinking car vibrating and now it wont start

2006 Nissan murano. Service engine light blinking. Then it stopped. But car was vibrating even more when I tried to accelerate. It became worse. Then I parked it. Tried to start it the next day it tried to turn but wouldn't. Now when I try to star it it just makes this ticking noise

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Sounds like an internal failure causing an imbalance - harmonic balancer failed, shot bearing, broken connecting rod - etc. Could also be a misfire situation (probably multiple cylinders if shaking), blown head gasket, low engine oil, etc.Trying to drive it in that condition was NOT a good thing to do - blinking service engine light means get off the road and stop it NOW. Since it will not crank over now (clicking is probably the starter solenoid engaging but being unable to crank - which could mean you left lights on when you parked it and drained the battery, or could mean you froze up the engine and it is toast. If you have not been keeping up with the maintenance schedule and doing engine oila nd filter changes as specified, I would say that is the likely cause and you may have frozen the engine.

All you can do is pick an auto repair place (I would go with one fully qualified for major engine issues) and call them and find out if they offer free towing (some do for major mechanical work) or use AAA or any related free towing service you might have, or call a towing service to deliver ti to the repair shop or dealer you choose during their normal business hours.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD



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Answered 4 years ago by Member Services


if it was blinking and spewing smoke stop immidiately you can ruin your engine or tranny. blinkng means bad. if it wont start again the smoke may have plugged up your catylitic converter because fuel was to rich. check engine light on is no problem it just means something is amiss and your vehicle is running inefficient. you can clean your catalytic with soap and water and a good degreaser. if you cant look through the screens in the converter it is plugged up

Answered 4 years ago by dmccoy1971


the ticking noise is your strater selonoid clicking your battery is drained.

Answered 4 years ago by dmccoy1971


As dmmccoy says, the clicking is likely the starter motor solenoid - which kicks in the high-amperage circuit to turn the starter motor. As he says, it will commonly just click if the battery is quite low.

However, because of uyour shaking engine, unless you left some power drain turned on while the car say (internal lights or headlights and they do not turn off automatically, say), another cause is possible too - that you froze up the engine or it is so damaged it has internal obstructions that prevent it from turning - in which case the solenoid can click repeatedly because the circuit protection is cutting it out. Some cars have protection that prevents the solenoid from staying engaged for more than a second or two if the starter motor does not start turning the engine over, to prevent you from frying the starter motor or catching it on fire - because a stalled starter motor can pull from 100-500 amps (a MAJOR power draw equivalent to an arc welder) depending on engine and battery size.

Another possibility is that you are hearing the solenoid kicking in, but the main power to the starter motor from the battery (which the solenoid engages) has failed due to attempting to start the engine but it would not turn over due to it being frozen up. Could trip out a fusible link designed to protect against excessive starter amperage (acts like a fuse but cannot be reset - has to be replaced). This is a short piece of wire designed to melt and break the starting circuit if it is overloaded for more than a few seconds. Therefore, the solenoid would try to kick in when you turn the key to start, but the starter would not actually turn because the large-capacity wiring to it has been interrupted.

Either way, with your description, you need a full-capability engine mechanic - and I STRONGLY recommend towing, not trying to drive it, to avoid further damage. And not knowing for certain that it is the engine rather than the transmission, it should be transdportedon a deck truck, not actually "towed". Most towing companies these days use tilt bed flats so that is not much to ask - just check that they will transport it ON the truck, with the car's wheels off the ground and not turning. (Alternative for short tows is a tow truck with one end of the car held up by tow cables, with the other axle's wheels sitting on a wheeled dolly - older but a few towing companies still do that.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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