Engine Stall and/or No Start Condition on Nissan Pathfinder

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: 157,027 (90,000–186,000)
Engines affected: 3.0L V6, 3.3L V6
7 model years affected: 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2001, 2004
26 people reported this problem
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2004 Nissan Pathfinder - 3.0L V6 120,000 mi,
04 pathfinder randomly stalls Also radomly wont start. Full crank, but wont turn over. All insrument panels still have power when this happens.
Car starts fine and drives fine then will start to loose power or cut off...like no power
1998 Nissan Pathfinder - 3.3L V6 160,000 mi,
Car cranks energetically but fails to start. Replaced distributor.
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.
1998 Nissan Pathfinder - 3.3L V6 166,660 mi,
1998 1998 Petfinder stops running while drive but no spark wait for 15 minutes will start
Engine starts but vehicle won't move...no engine power...sputters. Help plz
Shut off while driving cranks won't start
1998 Nissan Pathfinder - 3.3L V6 166,700 mi,
stops runing win driving starts backup in 10min
1999 Nissan Pathfinder - 3.0L V6 160,000 mi,
My pathfinder would start but after driving it and turn it off , the truck would not start. And I just boight it. It has a brand new distributor. But it turn out the new distributor had a bad cam sensor. I went to junk yard and replace the cam sensor with the new one and it works find. If you are going to replace a distributor go OEM. Not aftermarket.
1999 Nissan Pathfinder - 3.3L V6 175,000 mi,
Car stalls, will turn on for about 1-2 min then turn. Took it to a very good mechanic who hooked my car to a diagnostic computer and code came back showing the distributor needing replacement. est. cost 300.00
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.
1998 Nissan Pathfinder - 3.0L V6 142,000 mi,
Engine suddenly started misfiring and shut down completely in about 6 miles. I had vehicle towed home. I found a lot of dust in distributor and blew out with compressed air per recommendations of another post. A large amount of particles came from inside the distributor. Found upper bearing had come apart. Priced replacement distributors at $200 and up. Picked up a replacement bearing @ NAPA #6000-2RSJ. Replaced bearing, cleaned all components and Pathfinder now runs well . Bearing was approx. $25. Be sure to mark distributor and rotor locations before disassembly. Will save time and aggravation.
98 Nissan pathfinder do not star or spark I replces the distributor and still not working
2001 Nissan Pathfinder - 3.0L V6 186,000 mi,
Distributor froze up and destroyed camshaft. So diappointed. Had this engine in maxima has 300,000 miles . Xterra has 187,000. Mechanic said it had something that was supposed to break to keep this from happening but it failed.
1994 Nissan Pathfinder - 3.0L V6 175,000 mi,
Replaced MAF.