2003 Frontier won't start on 2003 Nissan Frontier

The vehicle was running fine, then the motor started to shake, run rough briefly, then stalled, now won't start, seems to turn over rough, tried to ground out a plug wire, no spark, any ideas

by in Alpena, MI on September 26, 2013
2 answers 4 comments
ANSWER by on September 26, 2013
Remove distributor cap, have a helper crank engine to see if dist. rotor rotates, IF it does replace the distributor assembly! IF it does not, check for failed timing belt and possible engine damage!
COMMENT by on October 05, 2013
Thank You for your quick response, unfortunately it was the timing belt.
COMMENT by on October 05, 2013
I hope it did not bend any valves!
COMMENT by on October 06, 2013
No, She was lucky, I put the timing belt on Friday, and the vehicle ran fine. Thank You again for your thoughts, with these newer vehicles today it is so hard to tell, this sensor or that, but I did as you said, turned the vehicle over, seen that the rotor was not turning, pulled the distributor, that was fine, so it pretty much narrowed it down. Thanks again.
COMMENT by on October 06, 2013
You bet! Glad you got it fixed, without any major problems!
ANSWER by on September 27, 2013
agree common issue
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