Cranks But Won't Start Due to Internal Distributor Fault on Mazda MPV

If the engine cranks but won't start, the fault may be internal to the distributor. Diagnosis will show no spark and trouble codes for the crankshaft position sensor (CKP) or the camshaft position sensor (CMP). Our technicians recommend replacement of the complete distributor assembly if these conditions occur.

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Average mileage: 149,879 (10,060–269,300)
Engines affected: 2.6L 4 Cylinder, 3.0L V6
16 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
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2006 Mazda MPV 143,396 mi,
The van was running great and all of a sudden it will crank but will not start. After reading some of the posts here, I've replaced the Camshaft sensor, Crankshaft sensor, All 6 Spark plugs, All 6 Ignition coils. I've checked all the fuses under the hood and under the dash, and they were all good. I pulled a code of "crankshaft sensor" but after replacing the sensor, I cleared it out. Now there are no codes but the van still won't start. What else can I try?
1996 Mazda MPV - 3.0L V6 109,000 mi,
vehicle just died while driving. will crank but not start now...was running perfect before just losing all
2005 Mazda MPV 85,000 mi,
Our Mazda MPV randomly won't start, it cranks but won't start or it starts for 1-2 seconds and quits and then won't start again.
1998 Mazda MPV - 3.0L V6
I was driving on the freeway, in the carpool lane at about 75 mph when all of a sudden the speedometer began to fall and when it dropped to 65 mph I pressed on the gas and that van didn't respond. I let the speed drop and pulled it over to the shoulder of the fast lane. While the van was coming to a stop my engine check light came on. Then all the lights came on after it came to a stop. The van cranks but it doesn't start. Please help.
1991 Mazda MPV - 3.0L V6
Car was running like normal then all of a sudden it died as if it ran out of gas. Checked fuel pump and filter they ok. Shut off engine and something seemed like it was still turning (Radiator Cooling Fan?). After tried starting...cranks but dues not run. Checked coil by taking wire and holding metal opened end close to metal grounded. No sparks.
1991 Mazda MPV - 3.0L V6
Same as described by others: intermittent problem. Strong crank but no start. Often will start after awhile. Had to tow it and it stared right up after the car was dropped at the shop. Thought it was the fuel pump but mechanic said it was distributor. Another mechanic suggested a sticky air valve that causes important sensor to misread conditions.
1997 Mazda MPV - 3.0L V6 269,300 mi,
crank ok but no spark. Change crank sensor and new distrubetor still no spark
1994 Mazda MPV - 3.0L V6 165,030 mi,
Sent to garage to put new radiator and new timing belt and front seal when I got it back it ran fine for about 9 miles then it quit all of a sudden it started back and I made it 2 miles from my house it quit again now it will crank(while cranking it sounds funny like its dragging to start whying) but will not start at all I can smell gas but it won't fire up please help me someone done spent $575 on the first garage visit
1992 Mazda MPV - 3.0L V6 180,000 mi,
My 92 Mazda MPV Cranks but Won't Start, Was Running OK.
1998 Mazda MPV - 3.0L V6 239,000 mi,
was fine...let my brother use it and he was backing out of his drive and it died...would not start back...will crank but not start.3/4 tank gas...replace top portion of distributor..did not replace gasket/rubber go...had it towed to mechanic friend..he sprayed go...still sitting there...
1991 Mazda MPV - 3.0L V6 165,870 mi,
I replaced the distributor and did fix problem for a day. Next morning I drove the van to the same service station where it broke down and would not crank the week before and it refused to start again. The distance is less then one mile. There seems to be a correlation between engine temperature and it not starting.(Cool = won't crank back up) Now I let the engine completely warm up before shutting it down and it re-cranks every time.
1993 Mazda MPV - 3.0L V6 243,000 mi,
doesn't seem to be getting any gas Spark ok fuel pump at 50 psi. fuel filter new.
1990 Mazda MPV - 3.0L V6 136,400 mi,
engine oil leak led to mechanics shop for check up.complete gaskets replaced.came home and now will not electrical power to coil or distributor to ignite engine.where did the shortage occur I don't know.drove fine from the shop.out $400.00 with no van to pick up the!! yes I just changed the coil and all fuses under the hood/dashboard.
Engine turns over, however, does not stay running. strong exhaust smell
1990 Mazda MPV - 3.0L V6 180,253 mi,
vehicle sat for ten days was running fine before when i came back from vacation cranks starts and dies/now it lost all spark and just cranks
2002 Mazda MPV - 2.6L 4 Cylinder
When you first go out to start the van it will start for a second then die
1992 Mazda MPV - 3.0L V6 10,060 mi,
Car won't start but rumbles
2001 Mazda MPV - 3.0L V6 180,800 mi,
Car war running fine before. Went out to start it today and cranks but won't start.
2005 Mazda MPV - 3.0L V6
Was running fine. Cranks over will not start. I can smell gas when cranking it
2001 Mazda MPV - 2.6L 4 Cylinder 110,000 mi,
Few days ago my mazda stoped in the middle of bridge, because the battery died. When i replased the battery car start working good again. Today i can turn the key and lights on, but i can hear only crack and it doesnt start.