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#1578 of 2519 Timing Belt Replacement on 99 Quest GXE
Sep 23, 2004 (1:01 pm)
I have 69k miles on 1999 Quest GXE. All regular maintenance were done on time. Planning on a trip to MI and IL this Christmas holidays. Is it time for me to replace the timing belt before the trip?
A reliable mechanic who works out of his home has quoted me $450 including all belts, water pump, seals, antifreeze etc. He has a lot of local satisfied customers as reference.
Also the local dealers are quoting between $775 to $900 for the same job.
Not sure what to do? One Goodyear shop mechanic asked me to save the money for the trip and have the repair done after the holidays as 69k miles is too early for replacing the belts on a Nissan.
I will appreciate your input to this matter. Thanks.
Sep 23, 2004 (1:52 pm)
Nissan says to replace it at 105,000 miles. My '99's at 97k and getting close. If your mechanic was nearby, I'd be knocking on his door!
#1580 of 2519 Re: Timing Belt Replacement on 99 Quest GXE [questdriver]
Sep 23, 2004 (2:25 pm)
I agree that it is too soon to worry about the timing belt and water pump. You may want to have the coolant and accessory belts changed if they are due.
When you do have the water pump and timing belt changed, I would also recommend replacing all coolant hoses if they are still original as this is easy to do as part of this job.
#1581 of 2519 Re: Timing Belt Replacement on 99 Quest GXE [questdriver]
Sep 27, 2004 (5:36 am)
Can I send my Villager to you to coordinate this same work on it?
$700+ is what the L/M dealer in SC quoted for the same job.
Sep 27, 2004 (7:06 am)
Looks like mine is sticking now. My wife hadn't noticed or complained about it. I cleaned the throttle body Saturday and noticed the tach sticking; probably unrelated.
Then I dreamed the van was stolen and stripped. I don't know what the heck that means
#1583 of 2519 Re: Timing Belt Replacement on 99 Quest GXE [questdriver]
Sep 27, 2004 (8:54 am)
Ask your mechanic if he is sure whether or not the 99 Quest has an interference or a non-interference engine.
I have an ongoing conversation on this forum with Steve and others and none of us are dead sure of the answer. I have 80K on my 99 and if I find out it has an interference engine that would cause a catastrophic failure if the belt brakes I would be less likely to go the 105K in the manual. My luck is not that good.
Would be interested to see what type of engine your mechanic says we have in our vehicles.
#1584 of 2519 Re: Timing Belt Replacement on 99 Quest GXE [charles15]
Sep 28, 2004 (4:07 pm)
Thanks for all your input. I will go and meet the mechanic this weekend, and get some estimates in writing for the entire timing belt job. Can't the Nissan dealers confirm on the engine configuration? I tend to think that it has an interference engine. Now I may be wrong.
I specifically mentioned my make and model, and he said the total cost would be $ 450.00 including belt(s), seals, water pump, anti-freeze, etc. Can't beat that. Now I like to meet him and get that quote in writing. BTW I will be travelling from TX to IL and MI in winter. I am likely to put almost 3500 miles in two weeks. Just don't want to take the risk of being starnded in the middle of nowhere in freezing temperature.
I will keep everyone posted about my meeting with the mechanic. Until then,
#1585 of 2519 Front Brake Disc Problems
Oct 02, 2004 (11:41 am)
Hey guys, i don't know about you, but i had to get my front brake pads replaced. Since then i've been hearing nothing but screeches everytime i come to a low speed stop (20mph - 0 mph). But when coming from 45mph-0mph, there's no screeches. These are new brake pads and and it's been 6,000 miles. I run a 2001 Nissan Quest GXE. You guys wanna tell me if you've had the same problems? All comments appreciated........
#1587 of 2519 Re: Front Brake Disc Problems [nismotuned3]
Oct 02, 2004 (7:42 pm)
Did you get the original Nissan brake pads? I noticed a little screeches on my 2001 SE for the first 500 miles. Since you have 6000 miles on the new brakes, you should not have any sound coming. I would suggest you to take the Van to the Mechanic who installed the brakes.