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Old 08-21-2012, 09:53 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default When Do I Change The Timing Chain?

hey guys i have a few questions, when do you change the timing chain? ive read different things and need a clear answers, some people say they run til the car dies and some people say to change it at 100k, im just curious when do you change it?

another question, how much am i looking to replace all belts upper and lower, and how much am i looking to spend on all belts/hoses?

any info would be greatly appreciated
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:59 PM   #2
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Default Re: When Do I Change The Timing Chain?

Kenny, that's a good question. I had a GM car with a timing chain and it had over 222,000 miles and never had an issue. I don't know about Japanese cars with timing chains. (My Acura had a timing belt) This is new to me too.
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Kenny, that's a good question. I had a GM car with a timing chain and it had over 222,000 miles and never had an issue. I don't know about Japanese cars with timing chains. (My Acura had a timing belt) This is new to me too.
yeah same with my moms car, she changed her timing belt voluntarily at 198,xxx miles and still didnt have a problem with it.

now that ive been doing side jobs im trying to update and fix all engine components like belts/hoses/chains etc before its too late, fortunately my engine is running really smooth and no noises but it wouldnt hurt to get everything diagnosed and checked
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I think if there is nothing wrong with the chain,let it be.
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I think if there is nothing wrong with the chain,let it be.
i just read that on the z forums lol, would you happen to know what maintence i would need at 100k? not there yet at all but just want to be ready and try to do things before hand
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Default Re: When Do I Change The Timing Chain?

Granted there's nothing wrong, 100K maintenance isn't anything more than:

tranny fluid
power steering fluid
brake fluid
spark plugs
fuel filter
air filter
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I agree with allblackmax, fluids and plugs. Drive it for a while and see what happens.
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Default Re: When Do I Change The Timing Chain?

Originally Posted by allblackmax607 View Post
Granted there's nothing wrong, 100K maintenance isn't anything more than:

tranny fluid
power steering fluid
brake fluid
spark plugs
fuel filter
air filter
coolant
What about belts/hoses?
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Default Re: When Do I Change The Timing Chain?

They should be inspected, not replaced if nothing is wrong with them. (Dealership)

I think it should say in your manual too.

I'm at work or I would paste pic from the Nissan maintenance manual/guide.
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They should be inspected, not replaced if nothing is wrong with them. (Dealership)

I think it should say in your manual too.

I'm at work or I would paste pic from the Nissan maintenance manual/guide.
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Default Re: When Do I Change The Timing Chain?

Ya I have 94000 miles And had to get it replaced since it was cracked cost me $90 at the dealership but I got my employe discount or it would of been $120 it's just has to be inspected if nothing wrong you are good to go
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Default Re: When Do I Change The Timing Chain?

Chains are intended to last the life of the car unless something breaks and unfortunately you have a maxima and the have timing chain issues. When the rattle thats when you know something is wrong but dont forget, they also rattle when your low on oil. Belts and hoses would cost arould $50-$60 labor at a shop maybe around $150 and your going to need coolant.
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Chains are intended to last the life of the car unless something breaks and unfortunately you have a maxima and the have timing chain issues. When the rattle thats when you know something is wrong but dont forget, they also rattle when your low on oil. Belts and hoses would cost arould $50-$60 labor at a shop maybe around $150 and your going to need coolant.
My maxima is gone bro im talking about my 350z

So I should get
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-coolant
anything else replaced? Tranny fluid maybe?
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The chains comment is still the same then, meaning it should last the life of the engine unless you hear rattling. Are you looking to just do PM? (preventive maintenance) If the belts has cracks on the tooth side then yes buy them. Hoses swell up near the clamp and/or feel gummy without being hot, thats when you need them. Coolant flush if doing hoses obviously, if you see rust color fluid then drain and fill, flush if need be. Oil for sure unless you know when it was changed and its still good. Price still should be the same around $150-$200.
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