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
Mercury Villager No Start, Engine Stalls
Mercury Villager Problem
Engines Affected: 3.0L V6, 3.3L V6
Average Mileage: 2,220,732 mi (94,650 mi - 14,700,000 mi)
Visitor, 1993 Mercury Villager, 3.0L V6, 125,000 mi
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.
Visitor, 1999 Mercury Villager, 3.3L V6, 94,650 mi
unable to find distributor shaft bearing or a part number,
non of my local parts houses have a listing.
Visitor, 2000 Mercury Villager, 3.3L V6, 113,500 mi
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.
Visitor, 2002 Mercury Villager, 3.3L V6, 14,700,000 mi
distributor seized up , popped a bolt right out. examined the distributor and the mechanic declared it as seized up and recommended replacement .
Visitor, 2000 Mercury Villager, 3.3L V6, 152,974 mi
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.
Car died on the highway. Confirmed no spark condition and found distributor shaft siezed when I removed distributor cap.
Visitor, 2000 Mercury Villager, 3.3L V6, 200,000 mi
distributor shaft bearing shattered