1998 Nissan Pathfinder Hesitation/Missing when in drive and

  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • 135,000 MILES
My 1998 Pathfinder wouldn't start one morning so I had it towed to service station where they performed diagnostics indicating that I need a new distributor rotor and cap and 6 spark plugs. When I picked up my vehicle, I noticed that when idling in drive (like at a stoplight), it hesitates or misses every few seconds until I start accelerating/moving again (but never actually stalls). When I look under the hood, the mechanic and I can see and feel it sort of jump when it's doing this. After checking their previous work done and finding no problems or cracked spark plugs, mechanic wants to put in new spark wires because they weren't done or suggested when new spark plugs were put in originally (2 weeks ago) and blow out injectors. But I am being told that even after them doing this and spending an additional $500+ that this may not fix the hesitating/missing problem because they don't know why it's doing it but that it's probably not hurting my vehicle should it continue to run this way if no engine or service lights are coming on in my dash. Am I wasting my $ on these additional services? Thanks.
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Monday, August 17th, 2009 AT 10:41 AM

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1998 Nissan Pathfinder Hesitation/Missing when in drive and

Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this).
Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

Dirty or worn spark plugs
Bad plug wires
Weak ignition coil
Wet plug wires
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Monday, August 17th, 2009 AT 10:48 AM

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