Engine Stall and/or No Start Condition on Nissan Xterra

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: 148,165 (11,000–325,000)
Engines affected: 3.3L V6, V6
8 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2006, 2007, 2012
60 people reported this problem
36 people shared problem details
2000 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6165,000
driving down highway and just stalled, wont start now...turns over and all lights work etc....checked fuel pump, everything works...
2001 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6167,000
engine started in morning running fine -came out of work - would not start - engine turns over but no start
engine would get to 2500 rpm start shutting and bucking you could give it gas and it would act like it was getting none, changed the fuel filter the maf sensor the coolant temperture sensor the throttle positioning sensor, checked pluggs and wires, nothing still doing the same thing ends up it was the distributor
2001 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6130,000
Engine loses power at first, check engine light comes on. This is when the engine is pretty warm from traffic and climbing a hill. Last time no check engine warning ... engine died and would not restart until cooled off.
2002 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6170,000
Engine would stop going down the road, not start for seveeral hours. Shop replaced distributor and crankshaft
2000 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6160,000
Irratic/poor/stumbling engine performance... Would not rev above 2000-2200 RPM while "trying" to drive. Upper bearing failure in distributor... caused crankshaft positioning sensor to send erronous signal to ECM. Replaced w/ new distributor.
2007 Nissan Xterra137,342
I have a 07 Nissan Xterra wife drop me off at work came home started acting funny went to leave wouldn't crank fuel pump fuse was blown she replaced it went somewhere blue again replaced it 2 or 3 times so I replaced the fuel pump now still nothing will not turn over the lights come on dash and everything when you cut the key on. but will not turn over or do anything and now soon as you cut the key on the fans come on and my running lights automatically cut on which the key I mean the light switch is off what is the problem
2000 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6158,000
Distributor seized and broke a chunk off the cam and broke the bolt holding it down. Is there anyone replying to these reports? I need help
2000 Nissan Xterra140,000
catostrophic failure of ignition system... causing stall and loss of power steering and brake assist on freeway. 3rd distributor change out. No Spark.
2000 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6168,000
Following an oil change car started to run rough then stall out. Dealer reported the bearings split
2000 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V675,000
seal failed on distributor, it seized up and got shoved out of the motor, broke two teeth off the cam
2004 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6104,000
Engine stalled while driving....will not start ba
2003 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6171,000
truck stalled, on and off , the computer said it was the crank shaft sensor changed it and still wont start , also changed the distributer cap
2003 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6193,700
Engine was running after I had the left valve cover gasket replaced for about 2 months. then started with small noticeable power drops. Then all of a sudden it stalled at a stoplight & continued to stall & run rough. Any help would be appriciated.
2000 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6208,000
after engine warms up starts missing and dying won't start for a little while then does same thing
2002 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6185,000
The car is trembling and then stop and when you try to start it again it doesn't work.
2006 Nissan Xterra123,000
I came to work I parking my car tomorrow morning it don't want start I don't know why
2004 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6325,000
Nissan 3.3V6. I start it in the morning or after it has been parked for sometime and drive away with no cutting, but after driving for sometime it starts cutting and jagging. please help on the problem
2000 Nissan Xterra- 3.3L V6209,000
Engine stalled when driving. It started again but continued to stall and start several times. No diagnosis to report at this time.
2012 Nissan Xterra50,000
xterra sometimes will not start, but after 15 min or so of trying to start it will.
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