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Nissan Timing Chain Replacement

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What is a timing chain?
The timing chain is the chain that runs from your engine's crankshaft to the camshaft thus controlling how your pistons or valves fire or rotate. When your engine's crank turns, it then turns or rotates the chain which then turns your camshaft. The spinning of your camshaft is what causes your pistons to move up and down. The chain is very important because it's the only connection between the crankshaft and camshaft and it's vital to having properly functioning valves. Some vehicles do not have a chain. They will use a timing belt or timing gears instead, but they all work in the same fashion.

How do I know if I have a timing chain versus a timing belt?
The best way to find out if you have a timing chain is to look at the front of your engine to verify what is connecting the crankshaft to the camshaft. It looks like a large, sturdy bicycle chain which runs from the lower center of your engine block up towards the location of the alternator but not placed quite as high. Typical application is a belt or a chain. In cars like Volkswagen, you may see timing gears instead. Some engine compartments make it extremely difficult to access or even see your timing assembly. In that case, consult your vehicle's owner manual or call your dealer.

What's the best way to maintain the timing chain?
This is where the timing chain differs dramatically from the timing belt. Timing belts can't be conditioned or maintained, just replaced. Timing chains need consistent maintenance and supervision. They should be oiled or lubed on a regular basis and have the tension checked to ensure it's adequate. Your manufacturer has a recommended timing chain maintenance schedule which can usually be found in your owner's manual. Timing chain lubricant can be purchased at your local auto parts store, but since the chain is usually so difficult to access, it can be a good decision to have your mechanic oil it. Chains don't need replacement like belts, but they can still wear down and go bad.

How do I know if the chain is going bad?
Similar to the timing belt, it's painfully obvious when you have a complete timing chain failure. You won't be able to start or run your vehicle and can face very costly repairs like valve jobs or other expensive engine repair work. That's why it's so important to service the chain as recommended and act immediately at the first sign of problems. Signs to look out for include hesitation while starting the car, a rough idle, misfiring of your valves or pistons, and occasional backfire due to carbon build up from misfiring of the pistons.

How do I replace a timing chain?
Replacement of a timing chain is not an easy task. It was somewhat easier with older cars as it only required removal of the radiator, maybe the battery, and a few other components or belts like the serpentine or fan belt. The difficult part was, and still can be, releasing the tension on the chain so it could be removed and replaced. This required movement and suspension of the engine block to move the crankshaft. In today's vehicles, it is actually more complicated as the timing assemblies are extremely difficult to access and some engines are situated in inverted or other positions in the engine compartment. For those who would like to change the chain themselves, please consult your owner's manual and your local dealership for advice.

Latest Nissan Timing Chain Applications

05 - 06 Nissan Quest 3.5 SE VQ35DE  Timing Chain border= Timing Chain
05 - 06 Nissan Quest 3.5 SE VQ35DE Upper
Cam to Cam Intake cam to exhaust cam. Timing Chain Intake cam to exhaust cam.
  OSK Timing Chain
09/89 - 08/97 Nissan Hardbody 2WD Pup 2.4 KA24E Timing Gear Kit This kit contains 1 each of the following: timing chain, cam sprocket, crank sprocket, LH and RH chain guides, tensioner, front crank seal, and 2 guide retaining bolts (for use w/ late-design guide on earlier engines). Seal ring #s 15066-1S701 and 15066-1S710 are not included in the kit (please order separately as needed). Timing cover gaskets are not used on this application; use the appropriate liquid gasket sealant instead.
05/99 - 12/04 Nissan Xterra 2WD 4-cyl. KA24DE  Timing Chain border= Timing Chain
05/99 - 12/04 Nissan Xterra 2WD 4-cyl. KA24DE Lower Timing Chain
06/91 -  Nissan Stanza 2.4 SE KA24E Japan Timing Chain border= Japan Timing Chain
06/91 - Nissan Stanza 2.4 SE KA24E Timing Gear Kit This kit contains 1 each of the following: timing chain, cam sprocket, crank sprocket, LH and RH chain guides, tensioner, front crank seal, and 2 guide retaining bolts (for use w/ late-design guide on earlier engines). Seal ring #s 15066-1S701 and 15066-1S710 are not included in the kit (please order separately as needed). Timing cover gaskets are not used on this application; use the appropriate liquid gasket sealant instead.
06/91 -  Nissan Stanza 2.4 SE KA24E  Timing Chain border= Timing Chain
06/91 - Nissan Stanza 2.4 SE KA24E Timing Chain Tsubakimoto
 - 82 Nissan 720 Pickup 2.2 Z22 Mahle Timing Chain border= Mahle Timing Chain
- 82 Nissan 720 Pickup 2.2 Z22 Timing Chain
05 - 06 Nissan Quest 3.5 SL VQ35DE  Timing Chain border= Timing Chain
05 - 06 Nissan Quest 3.5 SL VQ35DE Cam to Cam Timing Chain
06 -  Nissan Altima 3.5 SE-R V6 VQ35DE  Timing Chain border= Timing Chain
06 - Nissan Altima 3.5 SE-R V6 VQ35DE Cam to Cam Timing Chain
  Timing Chain
- 05 Nissan 350Z Coupe base VQ35__ Cam to Cam Timing Chain
  Timing Chain
05 - 06 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL VQ35DE Cam to Cam Timing Chain
07/88 - 06/90 Nissan 240SX 2.4 SOHC KA24E  Timing Chain border= Timing Chain
07/88 - 06/90 Nissan 240SX 2.4 SOHC KA24E Timing Chain Tsubakimoto
  Timing Chain
- 05 Nissan Xterra 4.0 2WD VQ40DE Cam to Cam Timing Chain
  Timing Chain
02-06 Nissan Sentra 2.5 SE-R QR25DE Timing Chain
07/89 -  Nissan Stanza 2.4 XE KA24E  Timing Chain border= Timing Chain
07/89 - Nissan Stanza 2.4 XE KA24E Timing Chain Tsubakimoto
  Timing Chain
- 05 Nissan Frontier 4WD V6 VQ40DE Cam to Cam Timing Chain
  Timing Chain
02-03 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE VQ35DE Cam to Cam Timing Chain
  Timing Chain
- 05 Nissan Frontier 2WD V6 VQ40DE Cam to Cam Timing Chain
  Timing Chain
- 06 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE VQ35DE Cam to Cam Timing Chain
  Timing Chain
- 06 Nissan Quest 3.5 base/S VQ35DE Cam to Cam Timing Chain
  Timing Chain
02-06 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE V6 VQ35DE Cam to Cam Timing Chain


Some Nissan Timing Chain Applications (View Full Catalog Above)

Nissan 240SX 2.4 SOHC Nissan 280ZX 2.8 Nissan 350Z Coupe base
Nissan 521 Pickup 1.6 Nissan 720 Pickup 2.2 Nissan 720 Pickup 2.4
Nissan Altima 2.4 GLE Nissan Altima 2.4 SE Nissan Altima 2.4 XE/GXE
Nissan Altima 2.5 (base) Nissan Altima S 2.5 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE V6
Nissan Altima 3.5 SE-R V6 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL V6 Nissan Axxess 2.4 2WD
Nissan Frontier 2WD 4-cyl. Nissan Frontier 2WD V6 Nissan Frontier 4WD 4-cyl.
Nissan Frontier 4WD V6 Nissan Hardbody 2WD Pup 2.4 Nissan Hardbody 4WD Pup 2.4
Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL Nissan Pulsar NX XE 1.6SOHC
Nissan Quest 3.5 base/S Nissan Quest 3.5 SE Nissan Quest 3.5 SL
Nissan Sentra 2.5 SE-R Nissan Sentra SER Spec V Nissan Stanza 2.4 GXE
Nissan Stanza 2.4 SE Nissan Stanza 2.4 XE Nissan Xterra 2WD 4-cyl.
Nissan Xterra 4.0 2WD

GA16I KA24DE KA24E L16 L28E QR25DE VQ35DE VQ35__
VQ40DE Z22 Z24 Z24I


More Applications (View Full Catalog Above)

Acura Audi BMW Buick Chevrolet Chrysler Dodge Ford
GMC Honda Hyundai Infiniti Isuzu Jaguar Jeep Mazda
Mercedes Benz Mercury MG Oldsmobile Plymouth Pontiac Porsche Rover
Saab Saturn Scion Suzuki Toyota Triumph Volkswagen Volvo
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