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Old 10-12-2011, 10:49 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Am I Having The Dreaded Timing Chain Tensioner Problem?

I know this topic has been discussed many times, and I've read/skimmed through most of the threads but I haven't seen the issue I'm having discussed.

First, some background - 2004 6 speed with 74,xxx miles.

Second, the problem - My issue only occurs during acceleration, between 2000 and 3000 RPMs. I don't really know how to describe the noise, sort of a whining/buzzing noise maybe. (I don't have the ticking noise on start up.) In the lower gears, 1st to 3rd, I usually go through this RPM range quickly, so the noise is brief. In the higher gears, 4th & 5th, the noise lasts longer because I'm in the RPM range longer. I don't hear the noise in 6th because I'm usually above 3000 RPMs.

So is this the tensioners?
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Default Re: Am I Having The Dreaded Timing Chain Tensioner Problem?

James, hard to say without hearing it. You are in the mileage range for the tensioners though.
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Im looking at getting a 04 maxima SL with 64k miles. Will it need new tensioners soon? What is the usual mileage range?
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Well I have an 06 SL with 90k on it and I'm not having any issues. Hopefully the person that owned it before I did took care of it. People generally say it occurs between 60k - 100k, so it's a luck of the draw @big_c
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Well I have an 06 SL with 90k on it and I'm not having any issues. Hopefully the person that owned it before I did took care of it. People generally say it occurs between 60k - 100k, so it's a luck of the draw @big_c
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Im looking at getting a 04 maxima SL with 64k miles. Will it need new tensioners soon? What is the usual mileage range?
From all the complaints I've seen online, They've gone as early as 40K, but typically in the 75K-100K range. I don't think it has anything to do with if the car was "taken care of"...it's just a wear issue.
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From all the complaints I've seen online, They've gone as early as 40K, but typically in the 75K-100K range. I don't think it has anything to do with if the car was "taken care of"...it's just a wear issue.
When I was saying "taken care of" I mean I think they may have had the issue and had them replaced because I haven't had any issues at all.
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yup sucks i have 04 se at 58,000 starting making nosie only on start up and now at 65,000 it does it all the time but car is currently at shop with motor out and found that one tensioner broke everthing else looks ok but im replacing it all.
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James try to see if you can get a passenger and record the noise ,

im wondering if it maybe just your throw out bearing is whining , but without much of a sound clip its a bit hard to troubleshoot.
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I will try to get a sound clip of it. For now I'll try to describe it a little better - it sounds like a screeching/squeeling noise. Almost like a pig squeeling. No, there aren't any pigs under my hood! I checked that!

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If you in Lexington tomorrow I can maybe help...
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is the A/C on when this is happening ? the compressor could be the culprit
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is the A/C on when this is happening ? the compressor could be the culprit
It does it with the AC on and off.
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Well I have an 06 SL with 90k on it and I'm not having any issues. Hopefully the person that owned it before I did took care of it. People generally say it occurs between 60k - 100k, so it's a luck of the draw @big_c
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From all the complaints I've seen online, They've gone as early as 40K, but typically in the 75K-100K range. I don't think it has anything to do with if the car was "taken care of"...it's just a wear issue.
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When I was saying "taken care of" I mean I think they may have had the issue and had them replaced because I haven't had any issues at all.
Sorry for the misunderstanding...no harm meant...:wink:
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