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Old 03-07-2019, 07:13 PM
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Default Xterra Intermittent No start


Just wondering if anyone can help me out. I have a intermittent starting problem on my 2002 Xterra SC.

- Starter has been replaced 5 months ago
- Plugs, plug wire, cap and rotor replace 8 months ago
- Fuel pump and fuel filter replaced 1 year ago
- Battery replaced 1year ago
- MAF replaced 5 years ago and is clean.

No check engine light and only code was a Knock sensor code.

It doesn't seem to be a heat or cold issue, has started in -30 and +5 so far this winter.

When it does refuse to start it turns over fine but never seems to catch, almost like a fuel starvation issue. It has only once died on my while driving, no jerking or any preliminary signs just total shut off from the motor. 20 minutes later it restarted and was fine.

Thank you for reading this

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Old 03-10-2019, 09:45 PM
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If you can get it to duplicate the no start condition, check for spark. If there is no spark, chances are likely that the distributor is bad. It's something that is a fairly common failure and cause for stalling and/or no start issues on VG engines. If you do happen to have spark, try spraying carb cleaner into the intake and see if it will start. If it starts on the carb cleaner, then it indicates a fuel issue. Test your fuel pressure.
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Old 03-11-2019, 09:01 AM
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Hey thanks for the reply SMJ.

They had one no start and pushed it into the shop and after they put diagnostics on it, it fired up right away so there was no reading.

The shop did switch out the distributor from past problems and tech support they use mentioned this since they could not reproduce a no start situation.
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