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2002 Nissan Xterra

How much does it cost to replace a distributor on a 2002 Nissan Xterra

(2002 Nissan Xterra)
Car cut off, will crank but not turn over.
Tags: nissan, xterra
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on August 27, 2019

It will cost way too much - ‘IF’ that’s not the problem!
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on August 27, 2019

For instance - timing belt may be broken.

Highly recommend *hands-on* testing to confirm actual failure.

Good luck.
on August 27, 2019
I paid a mechanic to do a hands on diagnostic. Checked the fuel pump and fuel rail, also the timing belt, all were working. Plugs and wires also fine. Checked and replaced rotor as cheapest route, rotor not the issue. Distributor itself is functioning, was also told crankshaft position sensor is okay. Seems to come down to camshaft position sensor, but was told that part is a part within the distributor on 2002 Xterra, therefore I would have to replace the whole distributor.One other possibility I read about on the Nissan Xterra Forum was a key lock out related to the security system, which it said could cause the car to lose power while driving. A few weeks prior, my security alarm went off randomly 3 times one night. It is not a car alarm per say, but factory installed security. This has only happened before when I had to get popalock to unlock door because keys were locked inside. The alarm also went off when the mechanic opened my hood. After paying out all this money with a general consensus that it is the camshaft position sensor, I figured I would have to buy a new distributor. Also, all fuses were checked inside the interior fuse box and also fuse box under the hood. I just would feel more comfortable having a decisive answer, instead of a "probably", but i dont know if there is anywhere I can have it towed to, that would give me a free estimate and tell me exactly what the issue is, and possibly let me keep my vehicle there for a few weeks if the repair costs are steep, because depending on the final diagnoses, I may need time to pay!! I live in Norfolk Va. In the Hampton Roads area, and Ive always had a close friend who is a mechanic, who worked on my cars. He has now moved to Cali.and so I am stuck with no connections and dont want to get ripped off at a shop. I did find some factory recalls related to power steering equipment, which the dealer will replace for free, and wondered if they would also give me a free estimate. I have heard bad things about taking it to a dealership though. I heard their teams compete for bonuses based on what services they are able to "sell" to their customers. Im out of time, have to tow it somewhere, and dont know where to go.
on August 28, 2019

These distributors are indeed problematic - I’ve had to replace several over the years.

However typically it doesn’t present a no start condition - but that is still ‘entirely’ possible.

It is not that difficult at all to replace the distributor if you want to give it a shot..

Maybe check out a couple of YouTube videos for guidance and ask an automobile savvy buddy to help out.

on August 28, 2019

Here is a YouTube link - there will be other videos as well

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNqiMSD8al0


GOOD LUCK!
on August 28, 2019

I recommend this distributor - some of em out there are are cheaper - and they ARE junk!

Distributor - Electronic - New
PART # : NND NNDST58600
PRODUCT LINE : NAPA New Distributors
( $235.99 )

I hope it works out for ya!

on August 28, 2019
First of all, I want to sincerely thank you for taking the time to respond to my questions and lend some insight. You said you live in Franklin County outside of Roanoke right? It just so happens I am a Roanoke Girl, born and raised! My brothers wife Tabitha grew up in Franklin County. I cant remember her maiden name, but I do know her family is The Best, so I know good people come from there lol! Ive been in Hampton Roads for most of my adult life, moved to Va Beach at 18 and have never left, but always made that trip home to visit my beautiful Blueridge Mts. So, instead of going into more detail about this latest car nightmare, and explaining this whole long scenario of the events of the past 3+ weeks, since my Xterra literally lost all power in the middle of a very busy street on a Friday evening, and I miraculously was able to coast onto a side street quickly before the momentum was lost, but of course having a very difficult time making that shsrp left with no power steering! Anyway, I first landed right under the "No Parking Here To Curb" sign, and thought I was going to be stuck there and surely towed by the city before the night was over! Luckily, a really nice person parked in the on street parking spot right in front of my car, came out of his apartment for a smoke, and was glad to move up a space, and to also help my son in law push my very heavy 4wd Xterra up the slight incline! So, to spare you the rest of the grueling, frustrating, expensive, and seemingly hopeless events of the past 3 weeks, let me just say that the 1st guy, a bonafide mechanic, after not being able to pull any codes because of the previously mentioned dead battery caused by the faulty brake light switch, charged me 50 bucks to do a hands on diagnosis, which even though Ive had him do work for me before for a fair price, was definitely a half assed troubleshooting diagnosis! And even he could not be 100% sure it was the distributor. He really thought more than likely it was the camshaft position sensor, but i would have to purchase a whole distributor because he said 2002 Nissan Xterras have the camshaft and camshaft sensor built into the distributor. His labor price for replacing it along with the plugs and wires was 80 bucks, a very fair reasonable price I thought, and he said he could do the work right there on the road. All was well until I realized the price tag for a new distributor. He suggested a couple local junkyards which I am all for and have been to many times, like Pick N Pull and Foss. However without transportation that was not an.option. I began a very frustrating online search for a cheaper price, with prices ranging hugely! Also most online parts places seemed.to be on the West Coast, with shipping time usually a week or better unless expedited for a lot more money. Also, if it turned out NOT to be the distributor, returning a part required buyer to pay for shipping and even more wasted time. So luckily in jumped a close friend who happened to drive by my broken down car, and also decided after looking at it and listening to it try to turn over, it was more than likely the distributor. He then said he found one at Pick N Pull for 50 bucks, which I left hidden in a basket of shells outside my house. This guy has been one of my best friends for years! I have always trusted him completely. He has worked on many vehicles for me and always been a good friend. Well, funny how he AND my 50 bucks are MIA and he is unreachable. If he is not dead or in jail, then I have been betrayed! In comes person #3, the father of a kid in my neighborhood I practically raised, who has slept on my couch for months on end. I never knew his father nor did I know he was a mechanic by trade. He starts telling me he bets its just a fuse like the ignition fuse and agrees to come look at it and definitely help me out for looking out for his son all these years. I have to say that for a pack of cigs and a Bud Light Tallboy, his diagnoses was by far the most thorough and he verified the previous consensus that thank goodness it was not the fuel pump, fuel rail, plugs, wires, timing belt, or crankshaft. He felt pretty confident it was the camshaft sensor, which is what I told him had been mentioned as the issue, and I agasin explained to him that part is built into the distributor in 2002 Xterras. He seemed to think he could either replace only the camshaft sensor, by taking apart the distributor, he also mentioned refurbished distributors, again, Pick N Pull used distributor, and had an online site "rockauto" he said was good. He.left me with the promise that within 2 days he would have it all figured out and have a part ready that would fix the issue. He even said he had the funds to purchase the part and he would give me the receipt and I could pay him back for the part once the work was done. He said he wanted to help me to repay my kindness towards his son. For 2 days he communicated with me on his progress and promised my car would be up and running by the weekend. Then, he dropped off the face of the earth! Voicemail full, no return text messages, no answer when I knocked on his door, no response to my note i left on his door! It has been the craziest most horrible inexplicable situation! Now, I have a tow notice from the city because it appears inoperable after not having moved from that spot in almost a month! The city will tow it on the 1st! In the meantime, my daughter who is 8 months pregnant and has an 8 year old and a 1.5 year old, and works 40+ hours a week, is in tears every night worrying about the whole situation, because I am the caregiver for my grandchildren during the work day. I am unable to get the older one to school, unable to get them to appointments and activities, and now have to get her to pick me up and bring me home each day. It is a major stressor for her on top of an already stressful time! I don't know what in the world to do! I cannot afford to have it towed to a shop because the prices I saw estimated are sky high and it would take me months of saving to pay for. So, I know this will probably be the craziest idea youve ever heard, at least from someone on this site lol, but being as you are not only obviously a very experienced knowledgeable mechanic, you are also a kind person, who took the time to share your knowledge, ideas, and resources with someone reaching out for help! Not too many people are like that in the world anymore! So, here goes: Do you have a family? Kids? Do you need a mini long weekend vacation to a beautiful beach on the Chesapeake Bay? Do you like to fish? My daughter and son in law just moved in mid June, into a beach front home in Oceanview in Norfolk. It is a really cool very old beach cottage that is so cool and has a huge fenced in backyard that opens out right onto the sand dunes! My daughter has an 8 year old daughter and a 1 and a half year old daughter, and they have 2 cats. Their bedroom is connected to a large sunporch with a door to the backyard/beach and the sunporch has a half bath. There is a huge kitchen and full bath also, along with 2 other bedrooms. I was thinking we could offer you and your family a free 3 day weekend this weekend coming up, Labor Day Weekend. You and your family could have the sunporch and the master bedroom which both look out onto the water, and of course access to everything else in the house, kitchen, full bath, etc. My daughter and her husband can bunk with the kids, who each have bedrooms at the opposite end of the house, so you and your family would have privacy, but also some nice, laid back people to hang out with, maybe go fishing, and if you have kids, my granddaughters would love that! This would be a completely no charge for anything weekend, the only things you would need to bring or buy would be food and drink. We have plenty of floaties for adults and kids, beach toys galore, beach chairs, an outside hammock, and a paddle board. It is a beautiful quiet spot, but also attracts lots of families, mostly local. We also have a huge community beach park with grills provided and outdoor concerts and kids activities every Friday night and Sunday aftrrnoon. The Oceanview Fishing Pier is 5 blocks from the house, and there are many great restaurants and nightlife spots within walking distance. Again, I know this is a unique offer, but we so desperately need my car up and running and safe to transport our precious cargo kids. My daughter only moved a little over a mile from her previous residence, but my granddaughter is now out of her previous school zone, but we want to keep her at the great school shes been at since 1st grade. Unfortunately, even though the school is close by, it is not within walking distance, and the school bus is only for the school in that area. My son in laws car is also on the brink of catastrophe! He works 60+ hours at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and is also having big time car issues. My daughter works at a retirement community as a physical therapy assistant and her job is in Hampton, which is on the other side of the water from where we live. Needless to say, we are a family that can barely function with our busy hectic schedules even with all vehicles working right and on the road! We have to get my Xterra fixed ASAP! Of course, I am ready to buy whatever parts I need to make that happen, and can even pay you on top of offering you and yours a really nice long weekend getaway! Please, if you are interested or if this is a possibility let me know! Thank you so much! Sheri 757-546-4912 sherimcveigh@gmail.com
on August 29, 2019

You’ve made a tempting offer Sheri, however we have already made plans for the weekend.

I’m sorry you’re having so much trouble getting the vehicle repaired but this distributor install is a piece of cake .. Anyone with just a couple of wrenches and basic knowledge of automobile repair wouldn’t have any problem with it.

You must know someone who meets that criteria..

As a side note - I’d rather have a used distributor than some of the junk you’ll get from the discount parts suppliers - I’ve always had good luck with NAPA premium line parts - of course they have the cheaper line as well - to compete with the discount stores nowadays.

I wish I could offer *hands-on* help here but that’s just not possible .. Keep the positive attitude and best wishes to you and yours..

Good luck to you as well.
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on August 27, 2019

It will cost way too much - ‘IF’ that’s not the problem!
Sign in to reply
on August 27, 2019

For instance - timing belt may be broken.

Highly recommend *hands-on* testing to confirm actual failure.

Good luck.
on August 27, 2019
I paid a mechanic to do a hands on diagnostic. Checked the fuel pump and fuel rail, also the timing belt, all were working. Plugs and wires also fine. Checked and replaced rotor as cheapest route, rotor not the issue. Distributor itself is functioning, was also told crankshaft position sensor is okay. Seems to come down to camshaft position sensor, but was told that part is a part within the distributor on 2002 Xterra, therefore I would have to replace the whole distributor.One other possibility I read about on the Nissan Xterra Forum was a key lock out related to the security system, which it said could cause the car to lose power while driving. A few weeks prior, my security alarm went off randomly 3 times one night. It is not a car alarm per say, but factory installed security. This has only happened before when I had to get popalock to unlock door because keys were locked inside. The alarm also went off when the mechanic opened my hood. After paying out all this money with a general consensus that it is the camshaft position sensor, I figured I would have to buy a new distributor. Also, all fuses were checked inside the interior fuse box and also fuse box under the hood. I just would feel more comfortable having a decisive answer, instead of a "probably", but i dont know if there is anywhere I can have it towed to, that would give me a free estimate and tell me exactly what the issue is, and possibly let me keep my vehicle there for a few weeks if the repair costs are steep, because depending on the final diagnoses, I may need time to pay!! I live in Norfolk Va. In the Hampton Roads area, and Ive always had a close friend who is a mechanic, who worked on my cars. He has now moved to Cali.and so I am stuck with no connections and dont want to get ripped off at a shop. I did find some factory recalls related to power steering equipment, which the dealer will replace for free, and wondered if they would also give me a free estimate. I have heard bad things about taking it to a dealership though. I heard their teams compete for bonuses based on what services they are able to "sell" to their customers. Im out of time, have to tow it somewhere, and dont know where to go.
on August 28, 2019

These distributors are indeed problematic - I’ve had to replace several over the years.

However typically it doesn’t present a no start condition - but that is still ‘entirely’ possible.

It is not that difficult at all to replace the distributor if you want to give it a shot..

Maybe check out a couple of YouTube videos for guidance and ask an automobile savvy buddy to help out.

on August 28, 2019

Here is a YouTube link - there will be other videos as well

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNqiMSD8al0


GOOD LUCK!
on August 28, 2019

I recommend this distributor - some of em out there are are cheaper - and they ARE junk!

Distributor - Electronic - New
PART # : NND NNDST58600
PRODUCT LINE : NAPA New Distributors
( $235.99 )

I hope it works out for ya!

on August 28, 2019
First of all, I want to sincerely thank you for taking the time to respond to my questions and lend some insight. You said you live in Franklin County outside of Roanoke right? It just so happens I am a Roanoke Girl, born and raised! My brothers wife Tabitha grew up in Franklin County. I cant remember her maiden name, but I do know her family is The Best, so I know good people come from there lol! Ive been in Hampton Roads for most of my adult life, moved to Va Beach at 18 and have never left, but always made that trip home to visit my beautiful Blueridge Mts. So, instead of going into more detail about this latest car nightmare, and explaining this whole long scenario of the events of the past 3+ weeks, since my Xterra literally lost all power in the middle of a very busy street on a Friday evening, and I miraculously was able to coast onto a side street quickly before the momentum was lost, but of course having a very difficult time making that shsrp left with no power steering! Anyway, I first landed right under the "No Parking Here To Curb" sign, and thought I was going to be stuck there and surely towed by the city before the night was over! Luckily, a really nice person parked in the on street parking spot right in front of my car, came out of his apartment for a smoke, and was glad to move up a space, and to also help my son in law push my very heavy 4wd Xterra up the slight incline! So, to spare you the rest of the grueling, frustrating, expensive, and seemingly hopeless events of the past 3 weeks, let me just say that the 1st guy, a bonafide mechanic, after not being able to pull any codes because of the previously mentioned dead battery caused by the faulty brake light switch, charged me 50 bucks to do a hands on diagnosis, which even though Ive had him do work for me before for a fair price, was definitely a half assed troubleshooting diagnosis! And even he could not be 100% sure it was the distributor. He really thought more than likely it was the camshaft position sensor, but i would have to purchase a whole distributor because he said 2002 Nissan Xterras have the camshaft and camshaft sensor built into the distributor. His labor price for replacing it along with the plugs and wires was 80 bucks, a very fair reasonable price I thought, and he said he could do the work right there on the road. All was well until I realized the price tag for a new distributor. He suggested a couple local junkyards which I am all for and have been to many times, like Pick N Pull and Foss. However without transportation that was not an.option. I began a very frustrating online search for a cheaper price, with prices ranging hugely! Also most online parts places seemed.to be on the West Coast, with shipping time usually a week or better unless expedited for a lot more money. Also, if it turned out NOT to be the distributor, returning a part required buyer to pay for shipping and even more wasted time. So luckily in jumped a close friend who happened to drive by my broken down car, and also decided after looking at it and listening to it try to turn over, it was more than likely the distributor. He then said he found one at Pick N Pull for 50 bucks, which I left hidden in a basket of shells outside my house. This guy has been one of my best friends for years! I have always trusted him completely. He has worked on many vehicles for me and always been a good friend. Well, funny how he AND my 50 bucks are MIA and he is unreachable. If he is not dead or in jail, then I have been betrayed! In comes person #3, the father of a kid in my neighborhood I practically raised, who has slept on my couch for months on end. I never knew his father nor did I know he was a mechanic by trade. He starts telling me he bets its just a fuse like the ignition fuse and agrees to come look at it and definitely help me out for looking out for his son all these years. I have to say that for a pack of cigs and a Bud Light Tallboy, his diagnoses was by far the most thorough and he verified the previous consensus that thank goodness it was not the fuel pump, fuel rail, plugs, wires, timing belt, or crankshaft. He felt pretty confident it was the camshaft sensor, which is what I told him had been mentioned as the issue, and I agasin explained to him that part is built into the distributor in 2002 Xterras. He seemed to think he could either replace only the camshaft sensor, by taking apart the distributor, he also mentioned refurbished distributors, again, Pick N Pull used distributor, and had an online site "rockauto" he said was good. He.left me with the promise that within 2 days he would have it all figured out and have a part ready that would fix the issue. He even said he had the funds to purchase the part and he would give me the receipt and I could pay him back for the part once the work was done. He said he wanted to help me to repay my kindness towards his son. For 2 days he communicated with me on his progress and promised my car would be up and running by the weekend. Then, he dropped off the face of the earth! Voicemail full, no return text messages, no answer when I knocked on his door, no response to my note i left on his door! It has been the craziest most horrible inexplicable situation! Now, I have a tow notice from the city because it appears inoperable after not having moved from that spot in almost a month! The city will tow it on the 1st! In the meantime, my daughter who is 8 months pregnant and has an 8 year old and a 1.5 year old, and works 40+ hours a week, is in tears every night worrying about the whole situation, because I am the caregiver for my grandchildren during the work day. I am unable to get the older one to school, unable to get them to appointments and activities, and now have to get her to pick me up and bring me home each day. It is a major stressor for her on top of an already stressful time! I don't know what in the world to do! I cannot afford to have it towed to a shop because the prices I saw estimated are sky high and it would take me months of saving to pay for. So, I know this will probably be the craziest idea youve ever heard, at least from someone on this site lol, but being as you are not only obviously a very experienced knowledgeable mechanic, you are also a kind person, who took the time to share your knowledge, ideas, and resources with someone reaching out for help! Not too many people are like that in the world anymore! So, here goes: Do you have a family? Kids? Do you need a mini long weekend vacation to a beautiful beach on the Chesapeake Bay? Do you like to fish? My daughter and son in law just moved in mid June, into a beach front home in Oceanview in Norfolk. It is a really cool very old beach cottage that is so cool and has a huge fenced in backyard that opens out right onto the sand dunes! My daughter has an 8 year old daughter and a 1 and a half year old daughter, and they have 2 cats. Their bedroom is connected to a large sunporch with a door to the backyard/beach and the sunporch has a half bath. There is a huge kitchen and full bath also, along with 2 other bedrooms. I was thinking we could offer you and your family a free 3 day weekend this weekend coming up, Labor Day Weekend. You and your family could have the sunporch and the master bedroom which both look out onto the water, and of course access to everything else in the house, kitchen, full bath, etc. My daughter and her husband can bunk with the kids, who each have bedrooms at the opposite end of the house, so you and your family would have privacy, but also some nice, laid back people to hang out with, maybe go fishing, and if you have kids, my granddaughters would love that! This would be a completely no charge for anything weekend, the only things you would need to bring or buy would be food and drink. We have plenty of floaties for adults and kids, beach toys galore, beach chairs, an outside hammock, and a paddle board. It is a beautiful quiet spot, but also attracts lots of families, mostly local. We also have a huge community beach park with grills provided and outdoor concerts and kids activities every Friday night and Sunday aftrrnoon. The Oceanview Fishing Pier is 5 blocks from the house, and there are many great restaurants and nightlife spots within walking distance. Again, I know this is a unique offer, but we so desperately need my car up and running and safe to transport our precious cargo kids. My daughter only moved a little over a mile from her previous residence, but my granddaughter is now out of her previous school zone, but we want to keep her at the great school shes been at since 1st grade. Unfortunately, even though the school is close by, it is not within walking distance, and the school bus is only for the school in that area. My son in laws car is also on the brink of catastrophe! He works 60+ hours at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and is also having big time car issues. My daughter works at a retirement community as a physical therapy assistant and her job is in Hampton, which is on the other side of the water from where we live. Needless to say, we are a family that can barely function with our busy hectic schedules even with all vehicles working right and on the road! We have to get my Xterra fixed ASAP! Of course, I am ready to buy whatever parts I need to make that happen, and can even pay you on top of offering you and yours a really nice long weekend getaway! Please, if you are interested or if this is a possibility let me know! Thank you so much! Sheri 757-546-4912 sherimcveigh@gmail.com
on August 29, 2019

You’ve made a tempting offer Sheri, however we have already made plans for the weekend.

I’m sorry you’re having so much trouble getting the vehicle repaired but this distributor install is a piece of cake .. Anyone with just a couple of wrenches and basic knowledge of automobile repair wouldn’t have any problem with it.

You must know someone who meets that criteria..

As a side note - I’d rather have a used distributor than some of the junk you’ll get from the discount parts suppliers - I’ve always had good luck with NAPA premium line parts - of course they have the cheaper line as well - to compete with the discount stores nowadays.

I wish I could offer *hands-on* help here but that’s just not possible .. Keep the positive attitude and best wishes to you and yours..

Good luck to you as well.

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