Engine Stall and/or No Start Condition on Nissan Xterra

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 149,915 (11,000–325,000)
Engines affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 3.3L V6, V6
9 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012
127 people reported this problem
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driving down highway and just stalled, wont start now...turns over and all lights work etc....checked fuel pump, everything works...
engine started in morning running fine -came out of work - would not start - engine turns over but no start
engine would get to 2500 rpm start shutting and bucking you could give it gas and it would act like it was getting none, changed the fuel filter the maf sensor the coolant temperture sensor the throttle positioning sensor, checked pluggs and wires, nothing still doing the same thing ends up it was the distributor
Engine was running after I had the left valve cover gasket replaced for about 2 months. then started with small noticeable power drops. Then all of a sudden it stalled at a stoplight & continued to stall & run rough. Any help would be appriciated.
Engine stalled while driving....will not start ba
I have a 07 Nissan Xterra wife drop me off at work came home started acting funny went to leave wouldn't crank fuel pump fuse was blown she replaced it went somewhere blue again replaced it 2 or 3 times so I replaced the fuel pump now still nothing will not turn over the lights come on dash and everything when you cut the key on. but will not turn over or do anything and now soon as you cut the key on the fans come on and my running lights automatically cut on which the key I mean the light switch is off what is the problem
after engine warms up starts missing and dying won't start for a little while then does same thing
Engine loses power at first, check engine light comes on. This is when the engine is pretty warm from traffic and climbing a hill. Last time no check engine warning ... engine died and would not restart until cooled off.
Engine would stop going down the road, not start for seveeral hours.
Shop replaced distributor and crankshaft
engine started shutting and bucking you could give it gas and it would act like it was getting none, it eventually stalled out and would not start. Is this a the distributor that I need to replace?
Irratic/poor/stumbling engine performance... Would not rev above 2000-2200 RPM while "trying" to drive. Upper bearing failure in distributor... caused crankshaft positioning sensor to send erronous signal to ECM. Replaced w/ new distributor.
Driving about 70mph down the highway when car stalled, and now it won't start.
Distributor seized and broke a chunk off the cam and broke the bolt holding it down. Is there anyone replying to these reports? I need help
I came to work I parking my car tomorrow morning it don't want start I don't know why
catostrophic failure of ignition system... causing stall and loss of power steering and brake assist on freeway. 3rd distributor change out. No Spark.
truck stalled, on and off , the computer said it was the crank shaft sensor changed it and still wont start , also changed the distributer cap
Following an oil change car started to run rough then stall out. Dealer reported the bearings split
The car is trembling and then stop and when you try to start it again it doesn't work.
seal failed on distributor, it seized up and got shoved out of the motor, broke two teeth off the cam
Vehicle would not stay running, it would spit, sputter and stall out quickly. Shop charged $500 to replace and vehicle was back to usual afterwards.