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Nissan Maxima, Engine
#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!!
#10 of 22 '95 Toyota T-100 radio code
Feb 26, 2002 (9:39 pm)
I need some advice. I purchased a '95 Toyota T-100 pickup a few years ago and didn't know about the anti-theft stock type C cassete stereo. I know that if I change my battery or it goes dead, my stereo anti theft system will activate and it will be dead, then I will have to go to the dealer and probably end up paying more to reset it than to purchase a new one. I had no luck finding the code and cannot enter a new one. Does anyone have any experience with similar situation. Thanks for help.
#11 of 22 What did the Stanza use?
Feb 27, 2002 (6:04 am)
My Mom & stepdad used to have a '91 Stanza, which had a 4-cyl, a 2.4, I believe. I knew a couple people with that engine that said their timing belt broke, and ruined their engine, so I warned my stepdad about it. He told me that it had a timing chain though. So which did it have?
My Intrepid's 2.7 V-6 has a timing chain, and in the manual it says to inspect it at 105,000 miles. I asked my mechanic what he thought about it, and he said that as long as I don't let it run low on oil I should be fine. He also said that it had a series of guides built in to help keep the chain from stretching.
#12 of 22 Re/ the 93 Caprice
Feb 27, 2002 (11:13 am)
I had forgotten about my post here, and haven't "checked in" in a while. The timing gears on the Caprice were both steel, and the OE chain was the "silent" type.
#13 of 22 1991 Stanza
Feb 27, 2002 (1:22 pm)
2.4 liter had a timing _chain. S/Dad wins .
#14 of 22 Andre and Paul
Feb 27, 2002 (8:56 pm)
Yes, but I have an idea how the '91 Stanza timing belt story may have come about. The 2.0 Liter engines used in some of those cars did have timing belts.
#15 of 22 timing chain
Mar 13, 2002 (6:01 pm)
i check for chain slack by rocking the crank and observing the distibutor shaft.usually after 100k miles there is about 4-5 degrees of slop.any more than that performance starts to suffer.much more than that the chain is loose enough to slip a tooth or two.this usually happens when you turn off the engine.
#16 of 22 How do u know when the chain's going bad?
Mar 23, 2002 (8:28 pm)
I have a '93 Sentra w/194k miles. I'm hearing pinging noises when i accerate now. Is that chain?
or do i need to just goto a higher octane? Oh, the pinging gets worst when the oil light pops up, and decreases after i have an oil change. WHY?
Mar 24, 2002 (12:33 am)
I got 135,000 on the nylon GM gears a couple of vehicles ago, and one very cold, snowy, Saturday night in the middle of bloody nowhere the chain finally skipped three gear teeth and stranded me.
I still have the bald gear as a keepsake, reminding me every so often that you can be too dripping clever for your own good.