The distributor shaft bearing can become rusty, and seize causing the engine to stall or not start. The failed distributor will commonly require replacement.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Nissan Pathfinder No Start, Engine Stalls
Nissan Pathfinder Problem
Engines Affected: 3.0L V6, 3.3L V6
Average Mileage: 153,000 mi (90,000 mi - 180,000 mi)
Visitor, 1998 Nissan Pathfinder, 3.3L V6, 160,000 mi
Car cranks energetically but fails to start. Replaced distributor.
Visitor, 1997 Nissan Pathfinder, 3.3L V6, 180,000 mi
during the 80's in the day my car stalls. i have to pull over and wait a couple or more minutes and it will start again. But i can drive a while and it will stall again. i replaced fuel filter and it still happens. I just happened earlier when i was idling for 3 minutes. Touched the distributor cap and was not to hot to touch.
Visitor, 1999 Nissan Pathfinder, 3.3L V6, 160,000 mi
While trying to figure out a different problem, my mechanic told me that there was play in the desitributer shaft along with metal shavings. This was about three or four years ago and I now have over 200K.
Visitor, 1994 Nissan Pathfinder, 3.0L V6, 175,000 mi