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2000 4x4 XE 3.3 engine stalls out after reaching operating temperature, timing belt changed last fall and fuel pump changed. Vehicle will restart and may run for a while then problem returns. any ideas?

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  • Rafael Hernandez May 06, 2010

    no I did find the problem, the bearings on the distributor were starting to disintegrate causing pieces to get into the cam positioning sensor causing the magnet to not read the cam position. i discovered it after I finally got a cps code and was ready to replace it. instead i needed to replace the entire distributor. Had i not changed the distr it would have locked up and cause the cam sprockets to disintegrate. this did happen last year and I had put in a used distributor. unfortunately that one was also on its way out. good thing I found the problem since it would have costs me a fortune to repair again. FYI last year I had zero warning the distributor bearings and cam both disintegrated while driving down the highway, I had 124,000 miles on the truck at that time.

  • stepmckirgan May 11, 2010

    any strange odours

  • Rafael Hernandez Aug 01, 2012

    none if you do have a gas odor it may be from the vapor canister it can crack or the valve on it is rusted and does not open or close as it should but the stalling problem for me was the distributor, but make sure you look underthe micro thin wheel and the bearings under all the parts inside the distributor for wear, the bearings are known to disintegrate.


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I have a 2000 nissan frontier crew cab. Great vehicle! about a year ago at around 100,000 miles she started stalling and running really rough. I replaced the distributor cap, all the spark plugs and wires...about $85.00 worth of stuff.
She now runs like a champ again. I would recommend this if you have not done it...I have owned the truck since it had about 55,000 miles on it. I had never done any of these things...the spark plugs literally fell apart when I pulled them. The last plug is a total is all the way at the back very close to the firewall. "You will SEE a small "notch" in the fire wall...this is where you follow the notch down to the plug with your will also need a 45degree elbow on the wrench with a long extender or you'll never get it off and the new one back was a pain!
Hope this helps. Aaron

Posted on May 04, 2010

Testimonial: "yes this was god advice but i actually discovered that thee bearings on the distributor were starting to disintegrate and I needed to replace the distributor. the shavings were getting into the crank positioning sensor and causing the stall, when i would restart the truck the pieces would fall out and run until another piece would fall back into the sensor. I would recommend the cps be removed to inspect when replacing plugs, wires or cap to avoid disrt. lockup that will cause the sprocket on the cam to disintegrate, this is what happened to me and was very expensive and time consuming to repair. i did the work myself yet the cost of parts were upwards of $900."

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