Yes a bad thermostat would cause overheating in any car. A thermostat regulates the temperature.
There are several things that can cause your 1997 Nissan Pathfinder to stall. The most common cause is a lack of fuel caused by a malfunctioning fuel pump.
Could be bad thermostat or plugged coolant line
A PCV or connecting hose problem can cause great issues with a 1997 Nissan pickup idling. In fact, this can keep it from running, even if it does start, and the engine turns over.
No spark No fuel No compression
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There are a few reasons why a 1997 Nissan pickup may stall. Some of the reasons could be clogged injectors, valves, or even a bad spark plug.
Its the ignition switch change it and that will stop the problem
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Where can I locate the fuel filter on a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder?
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If it's overheating, it cold be thermostat, radiator or possibly other problems. If it's not overheating it could be the coolant level sensor.