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Old 03-20-2011, 01:43 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Engine Noise

I have had this ticking/clacking noise coming from the engine. The passenger side, I believe. When I had it in to be checked out and stuff they said it was "a pulley" and that was that. I assume they meant the idler pulley. It made the noise at all RPMs all the time. I did notice it was a little louder when the engine was cold, and when it warmed up it wasn't as loud.

Now I just changed the oil for the first time since I bought it and it has quieted quite a bit. It's barely noticeable now. That sorta leads me to the assumption its not "a pulley" after all, and its probably internal. I went with the same weight oil as recommended, but its Valvoline full synthetic.

I recorded the sound just a little bit ago, and here's the link:

http://soundcloud.com/esmashthestate...ine-02-19-2011

Its pretty hard to hear it now, because like I said, its not as loud as before.

Any thoughts?

Is this the timing chain/timing chain tensioners?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated before I have to start throwing money at it.
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:47 AM   #2
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Default Re: Engine Noise

Most likely its your timing chain. And since 6thgens have a history of bad timing chain tensioners or components its most likely that.
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:51 AM   #3
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I'm with K-ryder, it's your timing chain guides.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:08 PM   Thread Starter #4
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Default Re: Engine Noise

Dang. I was really hoping it wasn't the timing chain stuff. Been reading about that on here a lot.

Are the new tensioners/guides better quality than the originals? Will they also wear out over time?

Do you think the timing chains themselves need to be changed out?

In other threads there are lists of part numbers for replacing everything. Would it be better for me to buy all the parts? Would that save me money? I would guess the shops would mark the parts up.

I probably won't do it myself. I could, and I have time, but I would rather let a professional do it.

I also need to figure out how to prove that the transmission is bad too...

Sorry for all the questions. I like the car. I like the way it looks, I like the performance. It's just too bad Nissan screwed up the engine.
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Timing chain tensioners. I just went through the same ordeal. If you want to buy the parts yourself I would hit up Mr. Dolla, he can get them a little cheaper.
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Default Re: Engine Noise

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Timing chain tensioners. I just went through the same ordeal. If you want to buy the parts yourself I would hit up Mr. Dolla, he can get them a little cheaper.
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