The distributor shaft bearing can become rusty, and seize causing the engine to stall or not start. The failed distributor will commonly require replacement.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Nissan Frontier No Start, Engine Stalls
Nissan Frontier Problem
Engines Affected: 3.3L V6, 4.0L V6, V6
Average Mileage: 123,545 mi (50,000 mi - 232,000 mi)
Visitor, 2001 Nissan Frontier, 3.3L V6, 125,000 mi
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....
Engine turns over but there is vibration and it stalls
Visitor, 2003 Nissan Frontier, 3.3L V6, 126,000 mi
stalled in driveway wouldn't start.
Visitor, 2000 Nissan Frontier, V6, 120,000 mi
dist. bearing siezed. broke camshaft
Visitor, 2003 Nissan Frontier, 3.3L V6, 100,283 mi
The distributor seized and damages the camshaft returning from Orlando vacation, towing $1000.00, parts $600.00 and 3 days home mechanic.
Visitor, 2001 Nissan Frontier, 3.3L V6, 108,000 mi
Stalled while pulling out of a parking lot mid summer. Wouldn't restart. Plenty of crank, just wouldn't start.
Visitor, 2000 Nissan Frontier, 3.3L V6, 173,000 mi
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 .
Visitor, 2000 Nissan Frontier, 3.3L V6, 160,000 mi
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.
Visitor, 2004 Nissan Frontier, 3.3L V6, 95,500 mi
Distributor bearing seized. Truck stalled pulling into a parking lot.
Visitor, 2001 Nissan Frontier, 3.3L V6, 136,000 mi
Not fixed yet