Nissan Pathfinder Problems

Engine Stall and/or No Start Condition on Nissan Pathfinder

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.

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Nissan Pathfinder Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 170,219 (90,000–305,000)
Engines affected: 3.0L V6, 3.3L V6
8 model years affected: 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2004
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04 pathfinder randomly stalls Also radomly wont start. Full crank, but wont turn over. All insrument panels still have power when this happens.
during the 80's in the day my car stalls. i have to pull over and wait a couple or more minutes and it will start again. But i can drive a while and it will stall again. i replaced fuel filter and it still happens. I just happened earlier when i was idling for 3 minutes. Touched the distributor cap and was not to hot to touch.
My pathfinder would start but after driving it and turn it off , the truck would not start. And I just boight it. It has a brand new distributor. But it turn out the new distributor had a bad cam sensor. I went to junk yard and replace the cam sensor with the new one and it works find. If you are going to replace a distributor go OEM. Not aftermarket.
While trying to figure out a different problem, my mechanic told me that there was play in the desitributer shaft along with metal shavings. This was about three or four years ago and I now have over 200K.
Car stalls, will turn on for about 1-2 min then turn. Took it to a very good mechanic who hooked my car to a diagnostic computer and code came back showing the distributor needing replacement. est. cost 300.00
Engine suddenly started misfiring and shut down completely in about 6 miles. I had vehicle towed home. I found a lot of dust in distributor and blew out with compressed air per recommendations of another post. A large amount of particles came from inside the distributor. Found upper bearing had come apart. Priced replacement distributors at $200 and up. Picked up a replacement bearing @ NAPA #6000-2RSJ. Replaced bearing, cleaned all components and Pathfinder now runs well . Bearing was approx. $25.
Be sure to mark distributor and rotor locations before disassembly. Will save time and aggravation.
Engine would stutter and/or cut out spontaneously. Engine knock codes. Problem resolved when mechanic replaced arching distributor. Burn marks found inside of distributor body.
Distributor froze up and destroyed camshaft. So diappointed. Had this engine in maxima has 300,000 miles . Xterra has 187,000. Mechanic said it had something that was supposed to break to keep this from happening but it failed.
1997 nissan pathfinder with 177, 000 on it? It starts a third of the time, half the time, all of the time. When it does start it runs like a champ.