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#230 of 513 2000 Nissan Quest chugs and dies stalls
Feb 20, 2009 (8:09 pm)
hello everyone this is a great forum it's really informative. There was one post here I read someone found out that when he/she tried to fix there quest from dying on him/her when hot but when cold it would start up nice and smooth, but after a couple of few feet it would start chugging like is was out of gas but it had gas.
Well i have the same problem but only thing is, i changed the fuel pump thinking that was the problem and the fuel filter and took it to my Neighborhood Mechanic to check the fuel pressure and the regulator, well the mechanic said everything checked out good , But he also said that he ran a diagnostic and electrical check it came back saying the it was an electrical Problem, and he told me to "Replace the PCM or Powertrian Control Modual or the computer.
But when i came to this forum to read up i found a gay/gal saying that when they replaced the distributor everything was fine? i think my self it also is the distributor , cuz the PCM is hard to break down am i right? and the PCM controls alot of sensors which would also show symptoms if the PCM went bad? Please guys/gals help me figure this one out i would really appreciate it Thank You
#231 of 513 2000 Villager Won't Start
Mar 31, 2009 (7:21 am)
I was at a light on a hill pointing up hill and after 30 seconds the van just shut off. There was no sputter or other warning it just stopped. The ignition turned over but it would not start. Pushed to the curb and still would not start. Battery and electrical all strong. Towed to the house and no Change. This is all of a sudden. There did not seem to be any sigh of trouble prior to this. Any thoughts?
#232 of 513 Re: 2000 Villager Won't Start [jmaliks]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 02, 2009 (11:54 am)
Timing belt? How many miles are on it?
Since you mentioned that it was pointing uphill when it quit, are you thinking it may be a fuel problem?
Steve, visiting host
#233 of 513 Re: 2000 Villager Won't Start [jmaliks]
Apr 02, 2009 (12:29 pm)
I had a similar problem parked facing uphill with just under a quarter tank of gas in 20 degree weather...just stopped and wouldn't start.
put some more gas in it from a can and it started right up.
The pick-up in the gas tank is near the front (parked face up a hill, all the gas will be at the back) and with a little moisture in the tank the screen on the pump froze up just enough to drop the pressure.
#234 of 513 99 mercury villager stalling problem
Apr 17, 2009 (8:08 am)
I have a 99 mercury villager that starts and runs fine for about 20 mins then dies. Will start back up and keeps dying at idle. When i keep the rpms up driving like a race car driver with one foot one gas and one on brake i can usually get around for a while. Other times i cant do that. It has been in the shop for three weeks and this is what has been done. New fuel filter, fuel pump tested fine, timing belt checked out fine. He tried an aftermarket maf(mass air flow) sensor and it ran awhile only to do the same thing again. He sent the maf back. He had a Nissan mechanic come to his shop to check it out. He said its usually one of two problems. water/ rust in the computer or the maf sensor. There was no rust in the computer and he then reccommended a oem (original equipment manufactured) maf sensor which costs $400. His nissan friend said that he has had several problems with after market sensors and you absolutely need to have the oem maf. My mechanic is now having his nissan friend come back and run a special diagnostics test (i guess a more high tech one for nissan engines) to see if it throws the code for the maf. I will know more this afternoon about what code he gets. The only code I got from auto zone was a knock sensor and several mechanics told me that it is not the problem with the van. Keep in mind that my vans check engine light is not on. I know it works because it lights up when you turn on the ignition and then goes off right away. Anyone have any suggestions as to what this problem is? And anyone know if it really matters if you get the oem mass air flow or should any one auto zone sells be fine? Please respond with any info you have. I am unemployed and certainly cant afford useless costly parts put on my van.
#235 of 513 Re: 99 mercury villager stalling problem [markhagen]
Apr 20, 2009 (10:06 pm)
I've searched the net for weeks and asked everyone i know and have come to the conclusion there is no easy fix for this. My '96 was fine until last month when it started crapping out when it warmed up. Cool off and it runs good, fifteen minutes later it's a bucking bronco. Won't restart til it cools off. I've replaced a ton of parts on it and still no luck. I'm amazed that so many have the same problem and no one can come up with a solution. When I'm looking at 400 dollar maf sensors and 600 distributors I'm thinking that those two items alone equall the current value of the vehicle. I won't do it. It's been a great van and I've owned it for nine years, but all good things come to an end. Good luck.
#236 of 513 Re: 99 mercury villager stalling problem [redatboneman]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 21, 2009 (8:54 pm)
The '96's distributors are different from the '99s. The coil (and something else) are inside the distributor on the '99 generation. Aftermarket ones for the '99 run around $200.
#237 of 513 Re: 99 mercury villager stalling problem [steve_]
Apr 22, 2009 (7:07 am)
In the old days when the ignition coils were separate the diagnose was simple. When the engine compartment, and hence the coil got hot, the engine would die. You would push your car to the side and wait for things to cool off.
The solution was to replace the coil, not the distributor. I think that might still be valid for any car that has a separate coil, and I said might because with today's cars I am not completely sure but this could be used as a lead.
#238 of 513 Re: 99 mercury villager stalling problem [petaka]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 22, 2009 (8:11 am)
I read somewhere searching around yesterday that you can get some "cold shot" spray stuff at the parts store and when the van dies, hit the distributor with the cold shot. If the van restarts, that's supposed to narrow down the problem to the distributor.
That test is supposed to work on the newer style distributors too.
#239 of 513 Re: 1999 Nissan Quest stalling while running [eeway]
Apr 25, 2009 (7:03 pm)
I was having a misfire problem. Scan said knock sensor. Scans can be misleading.
The bearing in the distributor had gone out. Opened the distributor, there were many small metal flakes inside. Replaced the distributor, runs fine. Note; the timing marks are hard to find. The pointer is right under a hose fitting that is steel colored among the black. Stand by the right front wheel facing left. May have to push a hose to the side. Aim your timing light down through a small space and you'll see the pointer right above the pulley with the marks. Took me a lot of searching with a flashlight to find it.--Good luck, Fred