Problems starting.


Asked by GuruV9S8P Aug 01, 2018 at 09:30 AM about the Nissan Rogue Select

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2018 Nissan Rogue sometimes takes several tries to start. It is a push
button start. The dealer has replaced the battery in the key fob and has done
diagnostics on the fob and brakes (you need to press the brake while pushing
the start button). They can find nothing wrong. The remote start sometimes
works in this situation, but not always. Anyone have a solution?

25 Answers


I have similar issue. Car starts but sometimes struggles. I have changed batteries on my fob.

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Also running into this issue today. I have a 2018 Nissan Rogue which I bought brand new. Find it a bit odd that this is occurring since it’s less than 2 years from purchase date. Will visit the dealer tomorrow for diagnostic.

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I have since discovered that the mistake I was making was in trying to press the break and start button simultaneously, which I had been led to believe was necessary by the dealer. A friend with a Rogue told me that the brake must be pressed FIRST. I have been doing it this way for 3 months now, with no issues.

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I have the same issue. I have a nissan rogue 2017 model. It wont start sometimes. I brought it to the dealership and told me they could not find anything wrong. But in the following morning same issue it takes me 6 tries to started the engine. What was wrong??? Are we going to get rid of nissan brand??!!

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I had the same oroblowith my 2016 Nissan Rogue. In November, they couldn’t find anything wrong with the key fob or electrical system. Had to take it back this month because it would take up to 15 minutes for it to start and while driving I got a message stating no key was detected. They replaced the battery, and it runs fine. I was told the next time I have that problem to place my key fob on the Start/Puah button and then try to start it.

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I have a 2018 Nissan Rogue SL less than 4k miles and 6 months old. Started with not being able to start with clicking and flashing light. Dealer replaced battery and told me it was my dash cam and iphone charger. So I disconnected those, and within a few days, same issue. Battery does not seem to charge fully, but dealer claims the charging from the car is ok. Dealer has had the car sitting a few days and its been ok. However, they aren't commuting to work, and really driving the car. Any thoughts?

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Today, 5-28-2019 I have a 2014 Nissan Rogue, 82K miles, started having the ignition making a staring sound as if the battery was low. Auto Zone checked the battery and is "Very Good" I thought it may be the starter but because that usually narrows down the problem. Process of elimination. But hear this, I changed the starter, yes I did it, it took me a couple of hours but I did it. Part Cost $289.00 and a $40 dollar core - First start .... "same problem", second start, turned on perfectly. This repair -troubleshooting was 5-24-2019, the Rogue continues to do the same, sometimes it starts without a problem 5 times during the day, at times it takes 2-3 pushes until it starts. Folks I also replaced the battery on the remote. I'm attempting at a later date replacing the Push Button Switch. I think Nissan has an issue with the push switch, I think the design causes a voltage drop that gives the effect of a low battery and that's why it seems to cut off. It's plastic what can you expect.. I think Nissan is keeping it quiet. My good friend Christine has a Nissan Pathfinder, push button switch and has the same issue, so friends, if you want to change the starter you need to have a good half inch socket set and a good 2 ft extension assortment because you will not be able to loosen one of two. Picture attached is the area to loosen the starter. one bolt is about 6-8 inches long and is a different socket size from the other. you'll have to pull it from underneath the battery tray area which means you'll have to remove that whole area. Find a place where the starter can be checked before you remove it, or you'll end up like me with an extra good Nissan Factory starter, I video taped some phases of the repair just to show the wife how much work I did, friends this is not cheap if you take it to a repair shop. I hope my experience with this car helps you in any way. God Bless you folks. Hugo Espinosa in Houston Texas clearing the data waves.

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My case is even worst. Mine is a 2017 Nissan Rouge. The battery was dead one day that I had to call the tow truck to take my car to the dealership. The dealership charged my car but the next day morning, I couldn't start my car. I ended up calling the tow truck again but the two truck driver did a booster so I could start my car. Before the booster, I could feel the car had some power and it couldn't detect my key too. I was told by the driver that because of the battery problem, nothing would work. I left my car with the dealership overnight and they couldn't start the next day morning. They replaced a new battery and after a week later the same thing happened again. Something drained the battery away when it's off. They're still investigating the problems but they reported this to the head office in Japan.

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I am having the same issue... I just bought a portable jumper and am charging it up just in case while running a smart charger on the battery. Tomorrow morning I am going to go buy a new battery but this makes me nervous. I think there is something inherently wrong with the push to start system. Hold tight...

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Similar with my 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport with 5K miles on it. Twice now wouldn't start, all electrical systems working, had towed to dealer and they can't find the problem. Feel this is unsafe and car should be replaced (lemon law type issue, unsafe to drive as may not start at unpredictable time/location) - anyone else with similar problem and what was their solution ?

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I’m having a similar issue with my Nissan Rogue SV 2017. It clicks but won’t start it keeps saying it couldn’t detect my keyfob then it could. I even used my spare and it still won’t start.

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I have a 2015 Nissan Rogue and it has been having extended start times for over a year. I died completely one day while I was running errands, so I had it towed to a local service station. They replaced the battery and it did start but you still had to hold the button in for a while. I took it to the Nissan dealership and they ran diagnostics on it and kept it for two days. Nothing showed up, but he agreed there is a problem. He suggested a $185 cleaning service then on the next gas fueling I buy the highest priced gas to run through it. I did both of these things and no change. Trying to get in touch with the dealership again to see if they have any other suggestions. Any advice would be appreciated in helping steer them in the right direction.

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My 2017 Rogue won't start in cold weather, seems like anything below 30 degrees and I don't have a car. Dealership placed a new battery in the car and it died again less than a month later. To be clear, I don't have a push button start. The vehicle is at the second dealership but seeing all of you also struggling with this issue leads me to believe it won't be fixed. My plan is to sell the vehicle before the 3 year, 30,000 miles warranty expires.

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2015 Nissan rogue rough idle when cold starting there is a tech service bulletin #NTB17-080A issued Aug 30 2017 had my ecm reprogramed today now we wait an see if it is fixed

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After the reprogram of the ecm vehicle sat outside at -7C and started excellent so I guess it is fixed

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This is too much! This car left me stranded and dumbfounded last week when it started doing this. Since then it’s happened two times. This is no coincidence. It’s time for Nissan to speak up! What’s really up with this push start?

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Same issue. 2015 rogue. Battery tested - fine. Going in for diagnostics next week ($110 for them to tell me what's wrong, if anything). She did say something about a computer update needed for cold start? Ready to trade it in. Done with Nissan.. Plus the service dept manager at my location is very rude... Which i have no patience for.

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Sane issue. Certified 2018 rogue. Had 4 weeks. Died twice. Once required tow. Second required jump. Dealer keeping it fir a few days. My college kids car. I traded in a great Honda for it. Really mad. Tried to imply user error.

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after the ecm was reprogramed it has worked fine for me

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2018 nissan rogue. Didn't have car on. And was just loading things into my car for a move. And went to start it and nothing. This is now the 2nd time. Last time a tow service came out they diagnosed my battery and said it was fine. Nothing wrong with my alternator either. But can't start my vehicle. I put foot on brake pedal doesnt do anything either. Just makes clicking noise. I am at least in a safe place but like yall have said already this is ridiculous. I have had trouble with touch screen stereo as well but I know how to reset that.

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Tankgirl1984, the same thing you explain has happened to me. Have you gotten resolution?

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they reprogramed the emc and i have had no issues this was under a recall notice

2019 Sentra. Has been leaving me stranded all of a sudden. They reprogrammed it and got me new fobs. A week later same thing. Please contact me if you know whats wrong. Rosie

I have the same issue battery fine cables fine kept on a maintenance charger and sometimes will just click. I saw a note about a recall which recall I can not find anything on it


Finally got rid of the 2015 Nissan. Transmission was starting to slip Dealer said needs to be replaced 115000km on vehicle no help from Nissan Canada to repair. Bill estimate was close to $5000.00 for a rebuilt one with 1 year or 20000 km warranty. I bit the bullet and took a loss but now have a 2020 toyota corolla. Never buy another Nissan lesson learned.

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