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Nissan Maxima, Engine
Feb 13, 2002 (7:45 pm)
I'm currently at a crossroads with regards to my 96 Nissan Maxima. It's at 92K miles, and I need to decide whether I want to keep it for another 50K or so, or trade it in on a truck. I just got through replacing the starter (long story on another thread), the 90,000 mile maintenance is a bit past due, and I'm likely going to need some brake work done to take care of an annoying squeak. Otherwise, the car is running fine and the tires and the battery are both less than three months old.
So, I'm trying to decide what major repairs or maintenance items I might reasonably anticipate coming up in the next 2-4 years. The only thing besides the 90,000 tune-up/maintenance that I could think of is the timing chain. I know it's critical to replace timing belts at certain intervals, but I don't if that's also true for chains. The owner's manual doesn't mention it as far as I can tell.
And, if I do in fact need to replace the timing chain, anybody have any idea what that might cost? Also, is there anything else I should consider?
Feb 13, 2002 (8:02 pm)
No, I wouldn't touch the chain unless one of two things became critical:
1. Timing chain noise was conspicuous on a cold engine and did not completely go away on a warm one.
2. A timing check showed that the engine timing was being thrown off by the slack in the chain.
Usually, neither of these symptoms occur on a car with those miles. Chains can break, but it is very rare and usually only after the chain has screamed for attention from the owner.
Feb 13, 2002 (8:14 pm)
I wouldn't think it would be important at all at that mileage or the next 50K. I had a pick up with 220K on it. I replaced the timing chain when the front seal was replaced. Manifold vacuum increased 2" after being replaced. I would be interested in other peoples experiences. I have a 92 Explorer with 200K and engine seems to run great. Wondering if I should replace the chain when I do the water pump next.
#4 of 22 Dude check it out
Feb 14, 2002 (4:05 am)
but I believe your 96 Maxima has a timing belt not a timing chain.
#5 of 22 re: Dude check it out
Feb 14, 2002 (6:55 am)
EVERY Maxima built after 1994 has a timing chain. The chain doesn't have to be replaced. The chain guides and hydraulic tensioners will have problems before the chain. If/when the guides/tensioners need service then change the chains. You have a problem when there is a rattling from the timing chains that doesn't go away after a minute or two.
#6 of 22 Good advise here...
Feb 14, 2002 (8:11 am)
That Maxima has a VERY reliable engine that should be good for another 90K or more. If the timing chain starts to give trouble, you will know it. Pretty doubtful that it will anyway.
Feb 14, 2002 (11:38 am)
Oh, good point brucer. I have seen extremely worn chain guides actually break and jam into the chain, thereby "seizing" (temporarily, thank goodness) the engine. A mess, nonetheless.
#8 of 22 Timing chains....
Feb 15, 2002 (10:25 am)
I realize that this discussion centers around the Nissan Maxima, but I'll toss this out as food for thought.
My wife used to have a 1993 Chevy Caprice with the 350 cu in V-8. The crank seal on the front cover started to leak oil around 45,000 miles. Being a decent mechanic, I pulled the front cover off the engine to fik the leak, and was greatly surprised at the slack in the OE timing chain.
I replaced it with a "true roller" type, and checked the timing when all was back together. The timing had shifted by 3 degrees. Would the chain have broken? Probably not, but that's still a lot of slack, and certainly something to think about.
Feb 17, 2002 (5:54 pm)
Did the top gear have that crappy nylon stuff for a gear on it or was it all steel? That stupid plastic gear GM used for all those years to get away from chain noise and cost was worth exactly crap in my opinion. I can't tell you how many of them I have changed in the past. Some of them actually had no plastic left on them, all the chain was running on was the aluminium center part that bolted to the cam. It should have skipped off and locked up the motor, I don't know why it didn't, someone was looking out for that guy!!
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