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1999 Nissan Maxima The engine is hard to start. It cranks over like it is out of time and bucks the starter

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Download 1. See if the scanner shows Crankshaft Position (POS) counts and look for 180 counts while cranking. See if the POS counts are erratic. 2. POS counts come from the rear crank sensor. If POS counts are erratic, then check for a ground connection problem for the battery ground cable first. 3. Check for the 10-tooth starter drive. The original starter had an 8-tooth starter drive, but there was an updated starter to a 10-tooth starter drive, which has helped resolve this problem. Also, verify that the starter is functioning normally. 4. Check the surface condition between the engine and transmission and check the transmission to engine mounting bolts for being clean and tight. 5. These vehicles have a harness problem by the passenger strut tower. There is a TSB for this (NTB98-008b). Poor Negative Battery Cable Connections Defective Starter Incorrect Starter Transmission Bolt Transmission Surface