Question about 2000 Nissan Quest
Several times when i drive my car it starts jerking and acting like its running out of gas, it back fires also know it won't start. we took it to mechanic who said teh computer was bad he could not put it on D machine to find problem, we sent computer to nissan who says nothings wrong with computer, any other ideas we could look to.
There is a sensor in the distributor that tends to cause this problem. The sensor is the called the camshaft position sensor and it is responsible for the ignition timing. If you have a timing light you can verify that the sensor is faulty by checking the timing while the engine is acting up. If the sensor is faulty, the timing will be erratic or just plain wrong. In many cases cleaning the sensor will correct the problem.
To clean the camshaft position sensor: Remove the distributor cap and rotor. This will give access to a metal plate that covers the sensor. Remove the screws the secure the plate and remove the plate. Inside there should be an optical sensor that you can clean using a spray type "Sensor Safe Air-Intake Cleaner". Eye protection is recommended when doing this.
Unfortunately, cleaning the sensor does not always fix the problem. In that case, the fix is to replace the distributor. Since the distributor is quite expensive and the problem could be something else, it is recommended that you use a timing light to check the ignition timing for any problems to confirm that the problem is the camshaft position sensor.
Posted on Jul 02, 2008
The Distributor has a bearing inside that from time and age gets dry and builds up heat and will not let the pickup work as should. Will run good when cold, but problem will start when gets warm or hot, replace the Distributor as you should may have got a knock code reading from the computer.
Posted on Jan 20, 2009
Creekboater is dead on the money. Had the same problem. I looked into the distributor and the wiring was burnt, the coil was shot and the top bearing on the shaft had exploded. Replaced the distributor and it runs great. No problems at all.
Posted on Feb 11, 2010
Having the same problem as described above, replaced the distributor so far so good,
Posted on Jun 20, 2013
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