Engine Stall and/or No Start Condition on Nissan Frontier

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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Average mileage: 127,624 (22,000–276,000)
Engines affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 3.3L V6, 4.0L V6, V6
10 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
38 people reported this problem
21 people shared problem details
2001 Nissan Frontier- 3.3L V6125,000
started after the car sat for two days in the heat, stalled after a few miles. happened a few more times that week, but would always start back up. then wouldnt, blew white smoke out after a few minutes of trying. I took it to shop, replaced electrical system, fuel and air filters and did a tune up. ran great for a few days, then it sat in a parking lot at airport for a week, stalled after about 120 miles. all above was in heat, but a few days later would not start at 9 at night. now looking for an answer. no indicator lights, sounds like it wants to start but cant....
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Engine turns over but there is vibration and it stalls
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2000 Nissan Frontier- 3.3L V6173,000
Engine was running perfectly fine , plus always pulls strong ! Then one day , without warning , engines dies , and WILL NOT START ! Plenty of cranking power & compression . No engine check light come on , warning signs , indication of something wrong . Plus , now at a mechanics shop , and no codes pull up . After reading some of these possible problem areas of a distributor , I'll point him to that area to check ! BTW - A NEW motor , not rebuilt was installed at 165,000 miles . Has run flawless till now .
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2001 Nissan Frontier- 3.3L V6108,000
Stalled while pulling out of a parking lot mid summer. Wouldn't restart. Plenty of crank, just wouldn't start.
2003 Nissan Frontier- 3.3L V6126,000
stalled in driveway wouldn't start.
2000 Nissan Frontier- 3.3L V6160,000
Engine stall at freeway heavy traffic HR... RPM dropped 500increases....until stalls...cant start until after over and hr or after cooldown... if engine gets its normal operating temperature will start to drop rpms. Took it to a shop....Replaced Distributor...total cost 600:( Still need to call the mechanic due to slightly not normal vibration.
2000 Nissan Frontier- V6120,000
dist. bearing siezed. broke camshaft
1999 Nissan Frontier- 2.4L 4 Cylinder276,000
Engine stalls when I take my foot off the gas pedel.Have to keep re starting. Red lites are a nightmare.
2004 Nissan Frontier- 3.3L V695,500
Distributor bearing seized. Truck stalled pulling into a parking lot.
2003 Nissan Frontier- 3.3L V6100,283
The distributor seized and damages the camshaft returning from Orlando vacation, towing $1000.00, parts $600.00 and 3 days home mechanic.
2007 Nissan Frontier- 2.5L 4 Cylinder105,000
Truck won't start
2004 Nissan Frontier- 3.3L V6196,492
Months ago the truck would start then die immediately start but stalle going down the road . I thought it was injection I sprayed injection cleaner though the breather hose, I fear makeing things worse.it died .I have changed distributor crank shaft position timing belt knock sinsor
2001 Nissan Frontier- 3.3L V6200,000
No spark engine stalled while driving won't start back.
My truck started and drove it down the driveway, it stalled and I am unable to get it to start.
2010 Nissan Frontier- 3.3L V6113,000
Two weeks after inspection engine shut off when plugged cell phone into charger (engine had been running less than 10 secs). Had driven for about five minutes before that. Restarted without incident. 8hrs later engine would crank but not turn over (above 90° that day). Had to be towed. Tried again next morning (still cool out) while connected to jumper cables and engine would crank but not turn over. All electrical devices stayed on during all attempts to start unlike during issues the previous winter when battery was completely dead after sitting in below freezing temperatures for two days. This is still the factory batery.
2001 Nissan Frontier- 2.4L 4 Cylinder220,000
i have a 2001 nissan frontier when i turn and accelerated and trembles and off
2000 Nissan Frontier- 2.4L 4 Cylinder96,000
(I have't had any problems with it until 2013) 2000 Frontier would stall out while driving totally shut off at three different occasion, wouldn't start.took it to a Nissan dealership in Council Bluffs Iowa they stated it was the fuel injection. 8 days after my 1 year warranty has expired frontier proceeded to do the same thing stall out wouldn't start. TOOK It the same dealership once again fuel injection was the diagnosis. I went on vacation made it to my destination and it stalled out and would not start dealership in Lawton Oklahoma stated it was the fuel pump had it replaced and service manager stated that he couldn't guarantee that it would stay running long enough for me to make it back to Iowa so I had to have it towed. took it to a local Auto dealership diagnosis the starter went out. I also had to replace the transmission because the new fuel pump I had just put it on the dolly and transported it home hadn't even driven it they cross the lines when installing the fuel pump causing my transmission to be fried. my theory on all this is misdiagnosis from mechanic.......
2001 Nissan Frontier- 2.4L 4 Cylinder134,933
Won't start after replacing distributor and still no fire at plugs.
2001 Nissan Frontier- 3.3L V6136,000
Not fixed yet
2003 Nissan Frontier- 3.3L V690,000
The truck was put in the shop for a new ac compressor and belts. While there, the truck did not start for my mechanic. he replaced the distributor cap and rotor and thought the problem was solved. the engine had been running a little rough between 21-2500 rpm and we could not determine the reason the last 6000 miles. The truck stalled at 75 miles per hour on the highway. It turned out to be the distributor. after replacing the distributor, the roughness between 21-2500 was eliminated.
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