Nissan Altima 2003 dies on its own and doesn't start

Asked by Oct 22, 2015 at 12:27 AM about the 2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2003 3.5L Nissan Altima, Manual. I'm having two problems with
my car. Problem #1, when I do a cold start, the car starts fine but the more
stops I make (Stop as in when I need to gas up or go to the grocery store
and stop the car), the harder it is to start the car after. After a several
stops, the car doesnt start and I need to hit the starter a few times for it to
start. Problem #2 started a few days ago when I was driving. The car just
suddenly stopped as I was taking off at a stop sign. It happened twice after
that within 15 seconds each time. I played with the battery plugs and hit the
starter a few times and it started, barely, after turning the key for several
seconds. What do you guys think?

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Too much guessing here. Is the Check Engine Light on? Even if not the car needs an OBDII scan. Pounding on the starter is not a solution, in my opinion that had nothing to do with getting it running, but rather the time passed. Make sure the battery ground is good to the block or chassis -wherever it attaches. Repeated short trips without running it on the highway for at least 20 minutes on occasion causes a lot of problems, from EGR and PCV .. ya gotta blow out the gunk so to say

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I would have the battery and alternator checked.

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