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Car just cut off while driving and wont start 2002 nissan xterra
2002 Nissan Xterra

Car just cut off while driving and wont start 2002 nissan xterra

(2002 Nissan Xterra)
Loud rumbling noise
Tags: nissan, xterra
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on July 28, 2019
Is it that our vehicle stalled and now will not restart, and you have a rumbling noise cranking the engine?
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on August 27, 2019
The engine made a rumbling noise before the car completely cut off, lost power. Ive had 3 people look at it and they ruled out a bad fuel pump, timing is fine, plugs are firing, no fuses blown, the consensus is it is the camshaft position sensor, but I was told in a 2002 Nissan Xterra, the camshaft position sensor is part of the distributor, and therefore the whole distributor would have to be replaced. I was originally told it could also be the crankshaft position sensor, but one person ruled that out. The problem with diagnosing the issue has been that ironically a few days before this issue occured, my brake light switch went bad, and caused the brake lights to remain on. Since it was daytime, I did not even notice they were on after I turned the car off, and so the next morning I came out to find I had a dead battery because of the brake lights remaining on all night. The dead battery caused all codes that could have been read, to be erased, and the issue with my car cutting off happened only a few days later, so I assume the engine did not have time to reregister any codes which would have made diagnosing the problem so much easier. I have paid 2 people to diagnose the old fashioned way, but I want to know if the camshaft position sensor is the problem, if I do in fact have to replace the entire distributor, which brand new is very expensive. I dont know what to do, and my car has been disabled and sitting on a public street for 3 weeks now! I will have to have it towed off the street in 3 days. I dont know if there are any shops in my area that I can have it towed to, who wont charge me to accurately diagnose the issue, so I am 100% sure of what the issue is before purchasing a part, and if any auto repair places would let my car stay there if the parts and labor are going to be expensive, because it may take me a few weeks to raise the funds to have the repairs done. I dont know who to trust, dont want to be ripped off, or pay to repair a part that isnt needed, but I need to have transportation ASAP! Please help, I am discouraged and frustrated, and cant even get any of the people I paid to diagnose the problem, to find the time to do the repair!
on August 29, 2019
Hello, there is simply no way of knowing if any component is failing based on a guess. Hands on diagnostic testing by a highly qualified tech using a Nissan specific diagnostic tool that can monitor component operation is needed.

You asked "I want to know if the camshaft position sensor is the problem" -- well, the only way you can know is not by getting theory advice, but to perform hands on testing.

You will be charged for quality diagnostic testing. Unfortunately, you do get what you pay for -- and all you can really get without paying for a trained technician to look at your Nissan is "theory" which won't amount to much unfortunately.

I can appreciate that you worry about trust and costs -- it's important to find a local, trained technician that you can count on, and a shop you can make arrangements with. Do a search here on RepairPal for RepairPal Certified shops near you.
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on July 28, 2019
Is it that our vehicle stalled and now will not restart, and you have a rumbling noise cranking the engine?
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on August 27, 2019
The engine made a rumbling noise before the car completely cut off, lost power. Ive had 3 people look at it and they ruled out a bad fuel pump, timing is fine, plugs are firing, no fuses blown, the consensus is it is the camshaft position sensor, but I was told in a 2002 Nissan Xterra, the camshaft position sensor is part of the distributor, and therefore the whole distributor would have to be replaced. I was originally told it could also be the crankshaft position sensor, but one person ruled that out. The problem with diagnosing the issue has been that ironically a few days before this issue occured, my brake light switch went bad, and caused the brake lights to remain on. Since it was daytime, I did not even notice they were on after I turned the car off, and so the next morning I came out to find I had a dead battery because of the brake lights remaining on all night. The dead battery caused all codes that could have been read, to be erased, and the issue with my car cutting off happened only a few days later, so I assume the engine did not have time to reregister any codes which would have made diagnosing the problem so much easier. I have paid 2 people to diagnose the old fashioned way, but I want to know if the camshaft position sensor is the problem, if I do in fact have to replace the entire distributor, which brand new is very expensive. I dont know what to do, and my car has been disabled and sitting on a public street for 3 weeks now! I will have to have it towed off the street in 3 days. I dont know if there are any shops in my area that I can have it towed to, who wont charge me to accurately diagnose the issue, so I am 100% sure of what the issue is before purchasing a part, and if any auto repair places would let my car stay there if the parts and labor are going to be expensive, because it may take me a few weeks to raise the funds to have the repairs done. I dont know who to trust, dont want to be ripped off, or pay to repair a part that isnt needed, but I need to have transportation ASAP! Please help, I am discouraged and frustrated, and cant even get any of the people I paid to diagnose the problem, to find the time to do the repair!
on August 29, 2019
Hello, there is simply no way of knowing if any component is failing based on a guess. Hands on diagnostic testing by a highly qualified tech using a Nissan specific diagnostic tool that can monitor component operation is needed.

You asked "I want to know if the camshaft position sensor is the problem" -- well, the only way you can know is not by getting theory advice, but to perform hands on testing.

You will be charged for quality diagnostic testing. Unfortunately, you do get what you pay for -- and all you can really get without paying for a trained technician to look at your Nissan is "theory" which won't amount to much unfortunately.

I can appreciate that you worry about trust and costs -- it's important to find a local, trained technician that you can count on, and a shop you can make arrangements with. Do a search here on RepairPal for RepairPal Certified shops near you.

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