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: 145,261 (170–325,000)
Engines affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 3.3L V6, V6
9 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012
69 people reported this problem
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2000 Nissan Xterra - 3.3L V6 165,000 mi,
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 V6 167,000 mi,
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
2007 Nissan Xterra 137,342 mi,
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
2001 Nissan Xterra - 3.3L V6 130,000 mi,
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.
2003 Nissan Xterra - 3.3L V6 193,700 mi,
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.
2004 Nissan Xterra - 3.3L V6 104,000 mi,
Engine stalled while driving....will not start ba
2002 Nissan Xterra - 3.3L V6 170,000 mi,
Engine would stop going down the road, not start for seveeral hours. Shop replaced distributor and crankshaft
2000 Nissan Xterra - 3.3L V6 208,000 mi,
after engine warms up starts missing and dying won't start for a little while then does same thing
2000 Nissan Xterra - 3.3L V6 160,000 mi,
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.
2000 Nissan Xterra - 3.3L V6 158,000 mi,
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
2001 Nissan Xterra - 2.4L 4 Cylinder
engine started shutting and bucking you could give it gas and it would act like it was getting none, it eventually stalled out and would not start. Is this a the distributor that I need to replace?
2000 Nissan Xterra 140,000 mi,
catostrophic failure of ignition system... causing stall and loss of power steering and brake assist on freeway. 3rd distributor change out. No Spark.
2006 Nissan Xterra 123,000 mi,
I came to work I parking my car tomorrow morning it don't want start I don't know why
2000 Nissan Xterra - 3.3L V6 168,000 mi,
Following an oil change car started to run rough then stall out. Dealer reported the bearings split
2003 Nissan Xterra - 3.3L V6 116,000 mi,
Driving about 70mph down the highway when car stalled, and now it won't start.
2003 Nissan Xterra - 3.3L V6 171,000 mi,
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
2000 Nissan Xterra - 3.3L V6 75,000 mi,
seal failed on distributor, it seized up and got shoved out of the motor, broke two teeth off the cam
2002 Nissan Xterra - 3.3L V6 185,000 mi,
The car is trembling and then stop and when you try to start it again it doesn't work.
started running ruff and staling as if eng was bad it was NOT....bearing failed inside or distributer causing meatal flacks & Peace's to get into electronic eye & warp the timing disk . replace the distributer with new one . could not find rebuild kit