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Engine Stall and/or No Start Condition on Nissan Frontier

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 127,625 (22,000–276,000)
Engines affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 3.3L V6, 4.0L V6, V6
11 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
101 people reported this problem
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Engine was running perfectly fine , plus always pulls strong ! Then one day , without warning , engines dies , and WILL NOT START ! Plenty of cranking power & compression . No engine check light come on , warning signs , indication of something wrong . Plus , now at a mechanics shop , and no codes pull up . After reading some of these possible problem areas of a distributor , I'll point him to that area to check ! BTW - A NEW motor , not rebuilt was installed at 165,000 miles . Has run flawless till now .
started after the car sat for two days in the heat, stalled after a few miles. happened a few more times that week, but would always start back up. then wouldnt, blew white smoke out after a few minutes of trying. I took it to shop, replaced electrical system, fuel and air filters and did a tune up. ran great for a few days, then it sat in a parking lot at airport for a week, stalled after about 120 miles. all above was in heat, but a few days later would not start at 9 at night. now looking for an answer. no indicator lights, sounds like it wants to start but cant....
Stalled while pulling out of a parking lot mid summer. Wouldn't restart. Plenty of crank, just wouldn't start.
Engine stalls when I take my foot off the gas pedel.Have to keep re starting. Red lites are a nightmare.
My nissan frontier 1998 stall when during normal driving or stop at the light the engine just stall or shut it off and hesitate when accelerated. My just happened around 120k miles on it. I need help. The engine is 2.4L.
Thanks,
Bruce
(I have't had any problems with it until 2013) 2000 Frontier would stall out while driving totally shut off at three different occasion, wouldn't start.took it to a Nissan dealership in Council Bluffs Iowa they stated it was the fuel injection. 8 days after my 1 year warranty has expired frontier proceeded to do the same thing stall out wouldn't start. TOOK It the same dealership once again fuel injection was the diagnosis. I went on vacation made it to my destination and it stalled out and would not start dealership in Lawton Oklahoma stated it was the fuel pump had it replaced and service manager stated that he couldn't guarantee that it would stay running long enough for me to make it back to Iowa so I had to have it towed. took it to a local Auto dealership diagnosis the starter went out. I also had to replace the transmission because the new fuel pump I had just put it on the dolly and transported it home hadn't even driven it they cross the lines when installing the fuel pump causing my transmission to be fried. my theory on all this is misdiagnosis from mechanic.......
Engine stall at freeway heavy traffic HR... RPM dropped 500increases....until stalls...cant start until after over and hr or after cooldown... if engine gets its normal operating temperature will start to drop rpms. Took it to a shop....Replaced Distributor...total cost 600:( Still need to call the mechanic due to slightly not normal vibration.
running 70 mph on interstate.Then all of a sudden there was no power. Truck would not restart. Motor turns fine. No fire.
The distributor seized and damages the camshaft returning from Orlando vacation, towing $1000.00, parts $600.00 and 3 days home mechanic.