Problem Description and Possible Solution
The distributor shaft bearing can become rusty, and seize causing the engine to stall or not start. The failed distributor will commonly require replacement.
Average mileage: 144,505 (80,500–220,000)
Engines affected: 3.0L V6, 3.3L V6
46 people reported this problem
My car won't start after replacing the distributor. it cranks but won't start its not getting any spark
Car died on highway. Started bucking. Diagnosed at dealer:$1200. Fix self:$150
gas pedal was sticking, ran perfect cold but shuddered at bit at traffic lights when stopped, then started shaking and stalled. restarted, but kept shaking, then wouldn't restart.
driving down the interstate the engine started missing and it got only worse....bucking and shaking with loss of power. Thought it was bad fuel. Had OBD checked at Auto Zone and it spit out three codes...maf sensor...map sensor....and knock sensor. Check engine light was on when I purchased the vehicle due to a bad TPS sensor which I replaced. Had done a complete tuneup just prior to my problem except putting in a new fuel filter. Did that but didn't help the situation. Bought a new distributor online, installed it, and now all is well.
Stalling and won't start- thought it was the fuel pump which was replaced 2x in 1 week- diagnosed by another mechanic after these two failed attempts; new distributor installed
Car would stutter and stall out air stayed on but not cold and all dash lights came on when stopped at a light or when it would come to a complete stop. It would restart when put in park, turned off, and restarted but eventually wouldn't even restart. Had towed to the mechanic and still no word. Thanks for the tips all!
Engine stalled while driving with new spark plug, new engine starter, new fuel filter, flushed fuel line and fuel pump is good.
wont start gas and fire turns over fine just no start
unable to find distributor shaft bearing or a part number,
non of my local parts houses have a listing.
We were driving on highway near York when it started spuddering and balking, then it stalled.
We tried to drive it back home and it just got worse till it would not start. Had it towed and the shop where we took it found after a couple of hours of testing that it was the distubter shaft. Now that are ordering a new part and it should be up and running sometime Monday. But I have to say that is the first problem I have had with it. I think it is the best auto. that I have ever had.
I have owned it for 11 years and have driven it from coast to coast . Many trips with it and I love it.
My distributor has failed three times, the first one being three years ago. It fails about once a year, and always on a big road trip. I don't think the older Mercury Villager likes to drive at highway speeds for a long time. There must be some other underlying problem, but I don't know what it could be.
I had the same problem. The car kept stalling and jerking after the car got hot. After replacing the Fuel Pump, Fuel Filter, Spark Plugs and Wires, distributor cap and rotor the problem wasn't solved. But, after reading reports on this page I knew the real problem was the "Distributor". I bought a distributor and watched YouTube and replaced the distributor. Now it runs like a new car again. Hey at least I wont have to repair all the other stuff for a long time...hahaha (tough lesson learned). HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEONE!!!
No power and shaking and stalling had to replaced distributer
The check engine light has been on for a couple of years. Intermittently the vehicle would stall. Replaced cap and rotor seemed like it was fixed then messed up again b4 I got home.
Took it to a shop and the said it was a sensor and catalytic converter - 1500.00
Checked with Rock auto got all the parts for about 300.00 - found a guy to 200.00 put it on didn't work.
Tried a salvage yard dist. same thing. Drove me crazy for a while then .........,..
Finally fixed it with a New Distributor - Save yourself some time just buy a new distributor -
Car died on the highway. Confirmed no spark condition and found distributor shaft siezed when I removed distributor cap.
Same issue here but only happens when the van is warm, fixed almost every sensor on the thing. Going to try a new distributor soon!
distributor shaft bearing shattered
Distributor failed and was replaced.
distributor seized up , popped a bolt right out. examined the distributor and the mechanic declared it as seized up and recommended replacement .