The distributor shaft bearing can become rusty, and seize causing the engine to stall or not start. The failed distributor will commonly require replacement.
Car Problem Reports
Nissan Frontier No Start, Engine Stalls
Nissan Frontier Problem
Engines Affected: 3.3L V6, V6
Average Mileage: 106,944 mi (50,000 mi - 126,000 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, 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, V6, 120,000 mi
dist. bearing siezed. broke camshaft
Visitor, 2003 Nissan Frontier, 3.3L V6, 90,000 mi
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.
Visitor, 2004 Nissan Frontier, 3.3L V6, 95,500 mi
Distributor bearing seized. Truck stalled pulling into a parking lot.
Visitor, 2000 Nissan Frontier, 3.3L V6, 126,000 mi
Engine stalled in traffice. Towed vehicle Nissan dealer. $2100 repair bill. Distributor bearing seized, OH Cam gear stripped.