The distributor shaft bearing can become rusty, and seize causing the engine to stall or not start. The failed distributor will commonly require replacement.
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2003 Nissan Xterra
2003 Nissan Xterra Problems
The coolant outlet on the front of the lower intake manifold may develop a coolant leak.
The fuel injectors can fail and cause drivability problems. Often there is no Check Engine light and the failures can be caused by corrosion of the connector, clogging beyond the point of cleaning, and/or internal failures.
Valve clearances for this engine are shim adjusted and should be checked periodically to help maximize engine life. Another good time to check the valve clearances is when the valve cover gasket is being replaced.
2003 Nissan Xterra Recalls (Recent)
Summary: ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH SIX CYLINDER ENGINES AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH FOUR OR SIX CYLINDER ENGINES, THE FUEL PUMP TERMINAL ON THE FUEL-SENDING UNIT CAN DEVELOP A CRACK IN THE PLASTIC MOLDING. THIS CAN CAUSE THE TERMINAL STRIP TO CORRODE UNDER SOME ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS.Learn more »
RepairPal Expert Overview:
Nissan is recalling 2002–2004 Frontier and Exterra models due to corrosion in the lower steering column joint that can limit movement of the joint, resulting in excessive load. This can lead to cracking of the shaft, which may result in loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Nissan will replace the steering column shaft and joint with a different design, free of charge.
2003 Nissan Xterra Questions and Answers
Dealer service said code #PO 745 indicated solenoid valve cycle not consistent. Nissan does not provide part but does entire valve body at $930 cost. Service mngr said a transmission shop could get...
I hav been having my truck servied by the dealer for the past 6 years since I have had it. I have been adhering to the maintenance schedule on a quarterly basis and I have not had to have any majo...
My 4WD Indicator light does not go out when I switch from 4WD to 2WD. I have been driving in the snow in 4WD Hi, and switched back to 2WD. The light usually goes out, but stays on. Is it an indi...
Can I have a blueprint of the exhaust system ? I have 2 o rings that have broken loose from somewhere. They are on the exhaust pipe and I want to know where they came from and what their purpose is.