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Old 08-18-2018, 07:43 PM   #1
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I have a 2002 frontier 2wd 3.3 auto with 120K miles. In the last 2 months I have invested about 5K in this truck. Was having issues with takeoff power. Could floor the gas and truck would hardly move forward. Crank sensor under intake replaced then distributor. Now take off power is great but truck sputters if fuel drops below 1/4 tank. New fuel filter and fuel pump and injectors have been checked. All new NAPA Belden plug wires and NGK plugs. I'm at a loss and really dissappointed with this truck. Have a 97 D21 4 X 4 with 180K miles that my son is still driving only replaced the clutch and general maintenence. I think I'm going to dump the frontier and try and find another pre 98 D21 or as bad as I hate to say it a tacoma. Any ideas?
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Old 08-18-2018, 11:04 PM   #2
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Probably a hole in the puck up tube...
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Yeah, it's probably just something wrong that you haven't found yet.

Trust me, I see it happening on here with Hardbody trucks, too.
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Start by checking to see if there are any codes in the computer, either with a scan tool or take it to the auto parts store and have the codes checked, and go from there.


Check the timing and I would replace the vacuum hoses
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Thanks Tony,

The shop did check codes which is how they found out about the crank sensor. I had them replace valve cover gaskets, intake gasket and hoses. After that work was completed it still had no take off power. he called a local Nissan dealer and they told him to replace the distributor. Got my power back but now I'm dealing with the sputtering issue?
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What is that and where is it located? I'm not a mechanic by any means. Thanks for replying.
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What is that and where is it located? I'm not a mechanic by any means. Thanks for replying.
Which part, the vacuum hoses or the plug to check the codes?

Vacuum hoses are all under the hood. You might take a few quality pictures so we can see what yours looks like. Most of us here still drive a D21 Hardbody, and most of those have the KA24e 4-cylinder engine.

To check error codes, you'd get a good OBD2 Bluetooth code reader plug on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005NLQAHS
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PJPHEBO
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HXGX8V6

Whichever one you get, download the free app for it to your phone and follow the directions.
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