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: 158,280 (90,000–186,000)
Engines affected: 3.0L V6, 3.3L V6
7 model years affected: 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2001, 2004
23 people reported this problem
13 people shared problem details
2004 Nissan Pathfinder- 3.0L V6120,000
04 pathfinder randomly stalls Also radomly wont start. Full crank, but wont turn over. All insrument panels still have power when this happens.
1997 Nissan Pathfinder- 3.3L V6
Car starts fine and drives fine then will start to loose power or cut off...like no power
1997 Nissan Pathfinder- 3.3L V6180,000
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 V6160,000
Car cranks energetically but fails to start. Replaced distributor.
1998 1998 Petfinder stops running while drive but no spark wait for 15 minutes will start
1999 Nissan Pathfinder- 3.3L V6175,000
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
1994 Nissan Pathfinder- 3.0L V6
Shut off while driving cranks won't start
1999 Nissan Pathfinder- 3.0L V6
Engine starts but vehicle won't move...no engine power...sputters. Help plz
1998 Nissan Pathfinder- 3.3L V6166,700
stops runing win driving starts backup in 10min
1999 Nissan Pathfinder- 3.3L V6160,000
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.
1999 Nissan Pathfinder- 3.0L V6160,000
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.
2001 Nissan Pathfinder- 3.0L V6186,000
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 V6175,000
Replaced MAF.
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