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: 149,859 (10,060–269,300)
Engines affected: 2.6L 4 Cylinder, 3.0L V6
14 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
46 people reported this problem
18 people shared problem details
1996 Mazda MPV- 3.0L V6109,000
vehicle just died while driving. will crank but not start now...was running perfect before just losing all
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2005 Mazda MPV85,000
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.
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2006 Mazda MPV143,396
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?
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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.
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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.
1991 Mazda MPV- 3.0L V6165,870
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.
1997 Mazda MPV- 3.0L V6269,300
crank ok but no spark. Change crank sensor and new distrubetor still no spark
1990 Mazda MPV- 3.0L V6136,400
engine oil leak led to mechanics shop for check up.complete gaskets replaced.came home and now will not start.no 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 kids.help!! yes I just changed the coil and all fuses under the hood/dashboard.
1994 Mazda MPV- 3.0L V6165,030
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
1990 Mazda MPV- 3.0L V6180,253
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
1993 Mazda MPV- 3.0L V6243,000
doesn't seem to be getting any gas Spark ok fuel pump at 50 psi. fuel filter new.
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.
1998 Mazda MPV- 3.0L V6239,000
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 ring....no go...had it towed to mechanic friend..he sprayed ether...no go...still sitting there...
1996 Mazda MPV- 3.0L V6173,000
Trouble in starting engine but it will start
Engine turns over, however, does not stay running. strong exhaust smell
1992 Mazda MPV- 3.0L V610,060
Car won't start but rumbles
1992 Mazda MPV- 3.0L V6180,000
My 92 Mazda MPV Cranks but Won't Start, Was Running OK.
In cold weather (below 5 degrees Celsius), my 2.0L 2002 Mazda MPV does not start at all but would start with one kick once outside temperature rises to about 15 degrees Celsius.
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