Why does my 2000 Nissan Xterra quit running


Asked by Aug 31, 2014 at 10:11 AM about the 2000 Nissan Xterra SE 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

While driving my xterra will start to run sluggish (like running out of gas) then will stop
running completely. If I wait a few hours it will start right up as if nothing ever happened. I
can drive it a few miles then it does the same thing all over again.

12 Answers


Check the fuel pressure,sound,s like fuel pump may be going bad.

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I replaced the fuel pump, sending unit & the fuel filter when it starting doing this. Now after replacing these parts it still does it.

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Fuel pump relay?

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I am by no means, qualified to advise on mechanical issues, but want to relay my experience with a clotted catylatic converter. It seems to be, from what research I've done, a pretty common thing with this type vehicle. Just a thought, trying to help, and welcome comments.

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Some say it COULD be the "crank position sensor"... I am unsure about this, but I replaced all of the above including the fuel pump relay and still it doesn't run more than maybe 3-5 minutes even at idle... the crank sensor is cheap enough about $15-20 but hard change out...

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will let you know after I change it (crank position sensor) .... take care!


Had the same issue and as crazy as it may seem after replacing, fuel pump, crank sensor, and a few other things it turned out to be the distributor. Once I changed it the it ran just fine.

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I replaced the distributor and believe it or not it runs like new again.

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i already changed the distributor


Oh my gosh! Yall's post helped me a lot! we changed the distrbutor and cap and it still didnt work at first, so we went ahead and changed the modulator too and it works like a dream!!! yeah..thanks guys, hope my post helps yall too.

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2003 nissan xterra 3.3, cranks but does not start. No codes, I replaced the distributor, checked fuel pump and fuel pressure ( 43 psi) . Any idea of what is going on? Thank you.

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My 2000 steer don't start I finely got it going I drove it for one hole day next day it didn't want to start do you know what can be wrong thank you.

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