2002 Nissan Xterra Problems
RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2002 Nissan Xterra based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.
The distributor shaft bearing can become rusty, and seize causing the engine to stall or not start. The failed distributor will commonly require replacement.
A whining or buzzing type noise may develop from the timing chain area caused by excess slack in the secondary timing chains. Nissan has issued a service bulletin (NTB09-128) regarding this issue. Replacement of both secondary timing chains and their tensioner shoes will be necessary to repair this concern. As part of this repair, the engine oil and filter should also be replaced.
The coolant outlet on the front of the lower intake manifold may develop a coolant leak.