98 Nissan Altima Timing chain fix

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Old 10-03-08, 08:32 PM
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98 Nissan Altima Timing chain fix

I need to change the timing chain on my father in laws car. I am not too familiar with foreign cars. Is there any thing I should look out for when doing this? I have done a little research online, but did not find to much info.

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Old 10-04-08, 04:18 AM
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Well, I browsed the procedure at AutoZone here:

http://www.autozone.com/addVehicleId...00c1528007877a

and my first reaction was, "yikes" . You sure you want to attack that? I noticed there are a couple of notations on procedural items that damage can occur if not done properly, so I would double and triple check those items. Also, as with most timing jobs, double and triple check alignment marks between the various sprockets when assembling.

Hopefully a Nissanophile will come along with any insider tips.

Good luck.

P.S. You guys all dried out over there now?
 
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Old 10-04-08, 07:08 AM
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Thanks for that very confusing info...lol It looks like it might take more than an hour or two. That link will be very helpful.


We are slowly getting back to as close to normal as its going to get. Its been fun, but I can go with out haven that kind of fun. There are some people that still don't have power. There were just over 18,000 poco people from all over the country. They have been working 12 to 16 hour shifts. You could not drive a thousand feet in any direction with out seeing a tree on the lines or the power pole lying on the ground.


Thanks again...Travis
 
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Thanks It looks like it might take more than an hour or two.
Often that means that you can triple it for novices.

 
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Old 10-04-08, 09:46 AM
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travis on the older nissons that i have worked on the timeing chain tensioner has a ratchet mechanism that can give you fits if you let it slip when installing I think that it has a small hole where you install a small drill bit or allen wrench to hold it in. also on the older models the timeing chain cover is a real pain to install with out oil leaks. be carefull and good luck

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Old 10-04-08, 09:54 AM
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just looked at the autozone page from ttg, man very clear and consise instructions, just don't get grease on your laptop or monitor while trying to read LOL, but probablly very doable for you maybe in only about 50% more time than book time.

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Old 10-04-08, 02:30 PM
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I don't know if you want tackle this job, please don't take it a wrong way, if you are not familiar with Nissan, don't do it. It take me some where around 3-4hrs to do it but I'm a Nissan master and been doing it for the last 27+ years.

You don't have to remove the cylinder head per Auto zone page, and there are few important thing that I don't see they mentioned like orings and oil seal behind Timing cover.

If you really wanna do it, spare a day and may be more if the timing cover does not co-operates with you, stay cool and follow the timing chain alignment per Auto Zone page to the T, pay attention on what behind the timing cover and good luck.
 
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Old 10-04-08, 06:14 PM
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Thank yall

I would like to thank yall for the help and pointers. I will find out tomorrow how much trouble I am getting into..lol

New guy:: I am mechanically incline, but I will be taking my time. This will be the first Nissan I have ever worked on. So it's all new to me. I am a big block Chevy guy myself..

I will let yall know if it runs or ??


Travis
 
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Old 10-09-08, 08:22 PM
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Well, I am back with an update.
It was no big deal. It only took about 2 hours. Everything went easy, with no problems. I thought it was going to be a big deal, from what I have read and been told by other people.

Ok, That was the story I tell people.

Now the real story.
I was a real pain in the ---, I don't think I will offer to work on that again. It took two days. (after work) If I ever find the NASA engineer that designed that thing. We are going to have a little talk!!
You have to remove everything to get to everything else. If anyone that does not work for them insane people at Nissan, and someone asks you to change the timing chain. RUN away as fast as you can...lol

On a good note. It does run good.


Travis ----->(Former Nissan mechanic)GI2
 
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Old 10-10-08, 04:55 AM
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I was a real pain in the ---, ........
Sounds like the job was, too.

We hate to say we told you so, BUT.........

Seems to have turned out okay, though. Look on the bright side; you probably tackled the worst job on the entire car. Anything else you have to fix will be a walk in the park.
 
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good news

Good news glad you updated us and let us know. Are you ready for a heater core yet should take about half hour
 
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Old 10-10-08, 10:31 AM
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ROFLMAO. I was thinking the same thing; after that first paragraph report I was ready to call him next time I need a heater core or evaporator! Beer 4U2
 
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Old 10-10-08, 02:19 PM
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LMAO. Hey at least you got it done and still keep your cool. Evaporator is easy, the heater core is another story and if you are really wanna try the heater core job, fill up your fridge with cold one first, you'll need them ;0).
 
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