Reader Question: Nissan Quest Distributor

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Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!

Charles asks: Got a misfire code and the engine shuts off randomly while driving. I think the distributor is shorting out to the distributor housing. First video is mine. Other two are videos of the same car as mine with the problem I think I have.

My Reply: That arcing definitely suggests it – and (apparently) the coil isn’t serviceable (love these modern cars) and so the fix is to replace the distributor as a unit. This sort of thing is common, unfortunately. I had to replace the entire fuel pump “assembly” in my Nissan pick-up just to fix one bad (rusted through) fuel line. Price? $400. Well, that’s what Nissan wanted me to do!

Instead, I scrounged a good used assembly for $75.

I recommend you do the same here, just make sure the replacement distributor comes with a guarantee so that if it has the same problem, you can get your money back.

Let us know what you end up doing!

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