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Old 02-06-2013, 06:19 PM   Thread Starter #1
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I have the dreaded timing chain and tensioner issue. The rattle at startup and the constant whine while the car is warming up. It doesn't whine constantly that I notice and it doesn't rattle on every startup but when it does, the rattle is very loud. I need a cheap thin oil that will make this problem much more apparent so that the mechanic can hear it and acknowledge the problem.

A BIT OF BACKGROUND INFO TO EXPLAIN THIS BIZARRE THIN OIL IDEA....I purchased my car with a 100k 5 year warranty back in October from a used car dealer. When I wanted to have a professional at a Nissan dealer fix the problem I found out I didn't have a warranty! Unfortunately, the finance manager is a liar and a thief and he cancelled the warranty a week after I purchased without notifying me or issuing a refund. I had to get the warranty company, and the finance company involved in order to reinstate the warranty. Unfortunately, the warranty will be suspended for the next 60 days and they want no part of the timing chain issue! The dealership made a deal to cover repairs on their dime these first 60 days. I've already had it to their mechanic once and it didn't make any noise. So, I need an oil that is going to present this problem better so I can finally get it fixed and put this mess behind me. Please help
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:22 PM   Thread Starter #2
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My blood pressure is through the roof!
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That's shitty! I don't know about the oil.
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Default Re: Thinnest Motor Oil?

any synthetic oil is thin.

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Old 02-06-2013, 08:00 PM   Thread Starter #5
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Default Re: Thinnest Motor Oil?

Perhaps thick oil is the answer? It will collect in the pan when its cold and have a tougher time reaching the top at startup? God, I hate this
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Default Re: Thinnest Motor Oil?

I would lean towards a thicker oil also. It wont run through the whole engine as fluent as the thin oil at start-up ...especially if where you are located is cold. That timing chain issue is a pain in da as_. When I had mines, I had the SES light on, do you have the SES light on by any chance? But just like you, my start-up noise would be a 50/50 thing. Sometimes it did it, sometimes it didn't...but boy when it did...it was like a Mack Truck.

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Is the noise more prominate during a cold start up in the morning? If so then i would just leave the car with them over-night.
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Default Re: Thinnest Motor Oil?

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Is the noise more prominate during a cold start up in the morning? If so then i would just leave the car with them over-night.
The suck part is you just can't trust them. They might come in early and keep car running before you get there to keep it cool (somewhat kiddin' but not).But honestly, I don't think temperature or cold startup has a direct influence in it. The first time it happened to me was not in the morning, I believe the engine was actually a bit warm at start up and I had already driven some miles for the day. I would keep a camera with me and record everytime it happens. These guys know the damn car has timing chain issues, it's the dealership. Fixing transmissions on 04-06 and timing chains on 04-08 is their bread and butter and meal ticket. Just record everytime with video with correct date and time. Record whole car so they don't say some BS about it not being the same vehicle. Hopefully they work with you on resolving this matter asap. Be strong Man, don't go in there talking to them weak minded... Damn Liars need to fix your Sh-T.....NOW. They almost got me for $2,700 to repair it. I thank the one above for warranty.

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Old 02-08-2013, 08:10 PM   Thread Starter #9
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Default Re: Thinnest Motor Oil?

I'm going to do it myself when it gets warm. It's the only way I'm going to keep costs down and know it was done right. Either way, the house wins.
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