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Looking for advice and i appreciate your time & help!
2000 CC w250k
I replaced the OEM unit about 1 year ago with a Rockauto Cardone brand ($86?). It never seemed "right" from the start, cant really pinpoint the difference but ever since it seems when starting the engine would fire & the starter would release the flywheel & spin-out. Then I try again. Now its become a real issue, will hardly engage/crank the engine long enough to start it.
Im not sure what to do except to revert to what was done last. Distributor.
RA has a Hitachi Dist for $223.00-ish?
You guys have any input on this?

More info:
knock sensor is the only code i have.
after a difficult start i have really rich fuel smell from the exhaust
i think my flywheel has sustained some damage (gonna fix that last I hope)
i think my injectors are leaking down partially causing the starting delay issue
timing belt is due again

looks like typical problems with a 250k vehicle, right?

thanks from Bama the college football capitol of the world (for now)
 

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I would get a genuine Nissan distributor, P/N: 22100-1W601RE. NissanPartsDeal.com sells it for $323 with shipping, but you get refunded $60 when you send them back the core. If you have Nissan dealer parts dept. that is willing to deal, you can print of the checkout page from their site and see if they will match the price, minus the shipping (of course, you would have to pay tax).
I went to Rockauto.com and I didn't see a genuine Hitachi reman. distributor listed, but I did see the Autoline reman. distributor listed as "Hitachi type." All distributors for this engine are "Hitachi type" because Hitachi was the only company that made the OE distributor for Nissan for this engine. This does not mean it is the same quality as a genuine Nissan part or even a genuine Hitachi part, as the parts used to rebuilt or remanufacture their part could be some junk Chinese parts. FYI, the genuine Nissan part also comes with a genuine Nissan cap & rotor, as well.
 

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Understood, and thanks bro. (as I read the knock sensor thread)
 

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it seems when starting the engine would fire & the starter would release the flywheel & spin-out. Then I try again. Now its become a real issue, will hardly engage/crank the engine long enough to start it.
Sure sounds like a starter issue separate from any distributor issue.

I'd check to make sure that the battery is really good (get it tested), try a jump start from another vehicle, make sure all connections at the battery and starter are really good and clean. If still having engine-spinning issues, might need to clean up starter innards or replace the starter.
 

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Replaced the starter yesterday and all is good. Definitely not the dist. although it is having intermittent probs & i need e new/better one than the Cardone.

See this:http://www.clubfrontier.org/forums/f46/speedo-tach-gauges-quit-engine-runs-rough-338682/

Also, if anyone cares, my neighbor mechanic swore-off Orielly starters and alternators. Way too many problem. And my Orielly starter is only 8 mos old.

Doesn't sound like a distributer problem - sounds like a starter problems
 

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Also, if anyone cares, my neighbor mechanic swore-off Orielly starters and alternators. Way too many problem. And my Orielly starter is only 8 mos old.
I've had a CarQuest rebuilt starter in my '98 Frontier since about 2005, and an O'Reilly rebuilt alternator in it for about 5 years, both fine so far.

Mrs. Cusser has had a brand-new AutoZone starter in her 2005 Yukon for at least 5 years too.

We spend at least 7 months in a small town that has only O'Reilly and AutoZone, would have to travel 40 minutes to a NAPA or CarQuest or dealer.
 
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