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.
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Average mileage: 157,027 (90,000–186,000)
Engines affected: 3.0L V6, 3.3L V6
26 people reported this problem
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.