Engine Stall and/or No Start Condition on Nissan Xterra

The distributor shaft bearing can become rusty, and seize causing the engine to stall or not start. The failed distributor will commonly require replacement.

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Average mileage: 152,389 (11,000–325,000)
Engines affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 3.3L V6, V6
9 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012
68 people reported this problem
47 people shared problem details
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
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2000 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6165,000
driving down highway and just stalled, wont start now...turns over and all lights work etc....checked fuel pump, everything works...
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2001 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6167,000
engine started in morning running fine -came out of work - would not start - engine turns over but no start
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2000 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6158,000
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
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2000 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6160,000
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.
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2001 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6130,000
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.
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2002 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6170,000
Engine would stop going down the road, not start for seveeral hours. Shop replaced distributor and crankshaft
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2000 Nissan Xterra140,000
catostrophic failure of ignition system... causing stall and loss of power steering and brake assist on freeway. 3rd distributor change out. No Spark.
2000 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6168,000
Following an oil change car started to run rough then stall out. Dealer reported the bearings split
2000 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V675,000
seal failed on distributor, it seized up and got shoved out of the motor, broke two teeth off the cam
2007 Nissan Xterra137,342
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
2004 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6
The car makes a clicky sound when I try to start it. It will not start but the stereo turns on , windows go up and down lights work etc.. It just won't start . I replaced the started a month ago thinking that was the problem the car was fine for a couple weeks then the problem happened again.. I checked the battery but it seemed to be fine the same thing happened all over again and I honestly don't know what to do anymore
2000 Nissan Xterra- 2.4L 4 Cylinder141,000
I turn ignition key on, all lights on dash come on but car won't start. This happens intermittently. Was told perhaps it was the battery (2009), which I replaced, (2015). The car started with no problems for another month and then problem resurfaced.
2006 Nissan Xterra122,000
Stalling out, VDC light on, slip light on.
2003 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6180,000
runs great to it gets oparting temp then it starta to skip and cut of tell it cools down
2004 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6290,000
drove to the store, parked , went in for 25 mins came out and it was dead or not electricity, I believe the battery is good and it could be the security system?
2004 Nissan Xterra- 2.4L 4 Cylinder50,000
After running fine for years, one day the car wouldn't start (after parking for 15 minutes). Starter was fixed and it seems to start OK now.
2004 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6158,000
Its not fixed yet.driving to work she just stops never started again why?
2001 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6
It's not making any noise so its not the starter. The battery is perfect the lights and everything else is great. It's just not doing anything.
2001 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6300,000
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