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#217 of 513 Re: 1999 Nissan Quest stalling while running [eeway]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 26, 2008 (11:27 am)
Since you just had it tuned up, I'd suspect the wiring. Ask your mechanic to check all the grounds. I've seen reports of the throttle position sensor getting intermittently flaky due to a bad ground. Maybe that's related to the flaky rear wiper.
But who knows - these kinds of problems can be hard to figure out. If it's been unseasonably cold there, maybe you have a bit of water freezing in a fuel component somewhere. A bottle of gas-line antifreeze would be a cheap thing to test.
And I've also read reports of the torque converter locking up and stalling the engine. Maybe put a transmission fluid change and pan cleaning on the todo list?
Steve, visiting host (and lousy mechanic )
#218 of 513 Intermittent stalling and bucking
Jan 05, 2009 (6:11 pm)
First, the problem. on my 97 Villager I drove about an hour to work. Just before I arrived, the RPM started to drop and recover every 5 seconds or so. It got faster until it RPM was down up down up. It tried to stall, but I gave it gas and made it to my parking spot. After work it started like nothing wrong. I made it 45 minutes and the issue returned. This time it bucked severely until it stalled. Felt as if trying to shift 2nd to 3rd back to 2nd... jerk jerk jerk. Done. No start. I waited about 5 minutes and it started, but VERY rough and bucking. I made it about 50 feet and stalled. Let it sit this time for 15 minutes. Started but rough, though less than last try. Made it about 100 feet, and died. Left it overnight then no trouble getting it home.
I changed the PCV valve, fuel filter (fuel pump is less than 2 weeks old). Took a test drive and after about 20 minutes it started to chug again. RPM down up down up. Made it home without stall by keeping the gas down a bit more than usual. Changed the (much needed) distributor cap and rotor. Ran fine over a week. On my way to work, fine. After work it made it 20 feet across the parking lot and... RPM down up down up stalled. VERY hard to restart. Let it idle for about 15 minutes, the drove home with little noticable issue. Only a slight dip in RPM then back up when decelerating around corners or at lights. I'm going to check the distributor photo eye tomorrow, and maybe the Idle Control valve/relays. If neither, off to the shop. I'll post what I find when I find it.
#219 of 513 Intermittent stalling and bucking
Jan 06, 2009 (9:41 am)
Search this forum for the word "relay" or "will not start" and you will see some references to relays under the hood that cause similar symptoms
#220 of 513 Intermittent stalling and bucking
Jan 11, 2009 (10:22 am)
For those searching for the "two identical relays" I have a bit of help. I have a '97 Villager/Quest, but the placement is similar to many years. The relay for the Air Idle Control is identical to the relay for the Air Conditioner. Under the hood on the passenger side front is a relay box (long black rectangle). After removing the cover, the layout of the relays is printed in the cover. There are actually two sets that are identical, and a otal of five relays in the box. If your lable is missing, the layout is relay, relay, gap, relay, Air Idle Control Relay, A/C Relay. Hope this is able to help someoone.
As for my issue, the van went to the shop for repairs Friday. After three seperate shops suggested the same issue, I decided to try it. All said it was a bad Crank Position Sensor (CPS) though my issues don't seem totally consistent with it's function. I've not had trouble starting which is a typical symptom of a bad CPS. The repair was made late Friday, and it seems to be driving OK over the weekend. I'll have to see how it does with my hour drive to work Monday. I'll update when I have a conclusion.
#221 of 513 Re: 1999 Nissan Quest stalling while running [steve_]
Jan 22, 2009 (1:10 pm)
Turned out to be a bad distributor bearing. Replaced distributor, new problem. It doesn't stall anymore, but if the car is in drive or reverse, there is a noticable vibration when standing still with my foot on the brake. Once I release the brake and give it some gas, the vibration goes away.
#222 of 513 Re: 1999 Nissan Quest stalling while running [eeway]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 23, 2009 (10:18 am)
Thanks for the follow-up. How's the idle when you are standing still? But even if it was a bit high, I guess it would be racing more than vibrating.
#223 of 513 2000 quest will not start
Jan 24, 2009 (3:05 pm)
engine missed,drove 2 miles turned off.next day drove 5 miles engine acts like not getting gas.stopped,would not start for 5 mins. drove 1 mile towed it home.would start cold than stall out. as it warmed up giving it gas made it stall out.now will barely start same stall out problem with giving it fuel .fuel pressure good, got spark,distributor checks good any thoughts? thanks
#224 of 513 Re: 1999 Nissan Quest stalling while running [steve_]
Feb 01, 2009 (11:04 am)
OK at idle in neutral or park.
Took it to a Nissan dealer who found play in the rebuilt distributor. Will exchange for another next week.
He also said that the spark plugs weren't NGK, the preferred brand. (they are Bosch)
Tried to sell me a new set of these, but I said that at $240. for the package, I wasn't interested.
#225 of 513 Re: 2000 quest will not start [rldodd1100]
Feb 01, 2009 (11:05 am)
Would recommend a disgnostic check of the engine to see if any codes come up. Sounds like a sensor somewhere.
#226 of 513 Re: 2000 quest will not start [eeway]
Feb 02, 2009 (7:56 am)
thanks eeway,all electrical checked good so i pulled distributor discovered bad bearings.trip to junk yard $200.00 later the van is on the road. I would like to say thanks to all that have posted and replied to this forum.The information here has helped me tremendously.WHEN IN DOUBT, PULL DISTRIBUTOR.