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Mercury Villager No Start, Engine Stalls

Mercury Villager Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Engines Affected: 3.0L V6, 3.3L V6

Average Mileage: 133,673 mi (80,500 mi - 200,000 mi)


The distributor shaft bearing can become rusty, and seize causing the engine to stall or not start. The failed distributor will commonly require replacement.

  • , , 3.0L V6, 125,000 mi

    gas pedal was sticking, ran perfect cold but shuddered at bit at traffic lights when stopped, then started shaking and stalled. restarted, but kept shaking, then wouldn't restart.

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  • , , 3.3L V6, 113,500 mi

    driving down the interstate the engine started missing and it got only worse....bucking and shaking with loss of power. Thought it was bad fuel. Had OBD checked at Auto Zone and it spit out three codes...maf sensor...map sensor....and knock sensor. Check engine light was on when I purchased the vehicle due to a bad TPS sensor which I replaced. Had done a complete tuneup just prior to my problem except putting in a new fuel filter. Did that but didn't help the situation. Bought a new distributor online, installed it, and now all is well.

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  • , , 3.3L V6, 94,650 mi

    unable to find distributor shaft bearing or a part number,
    non of my local parts houses have a listing.

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  • , , 3.3L V6, 100,000 mi

    Car died on highway. Started bucking. Diagnosed at dealer:$1200. Fix self:$150

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  • , , 3.3L V6, 152,974 mi

    We were driving on highway near York when it started spuddering and balking, then it stalled.
    We tried to drive it back home and it just got worse till it would not start. Had it towed and the shop where we took it found after a couple of hours of testing that it was the distubter shaft. Now that are ordering a new part and it should be up and running sometime Monday. But I have to say that is the first problem I have had with it. I think it is the best auto. that I have ever had.
    I have owned it for 11 years and have driven it from coast to coast . Many trips with it and I love it.

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  • , , 3.3L V6, 80,500 mi

    Stalling and won't start- thought it was the fuel pump which was replaced 2x in 1 week- diagnosed by another mechanic after these two failed attempts; new distributor installed

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  • , , 3.3L V6

    Same issue here but only happens when the van is warm, fixed almost every sensor on the thing. Going to try a new distributor soon!

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  • , , 3.3L V6, 200,000 mi

    distributor shaft bearing shattered

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  • , , 3.3L V6, 138,455 mi

    Engine stalled while driving with new spark plug, new engine starter, new fuel filter, flushed fuel line and fuel pump is good.

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  • , , 3.3L V6, 168,026 mi

    wont start gas and fire turns over fine just no start

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