2006 Nissan Xterra Q&A
2006 Nissan Xterra Question: cost to replace timing belt
you have a timing chain. it is replaced at engine overhaul. no need to worry about changing it. Roy - mastertech6371
I have been told by mechanics at two different dealers that my car has "timing chain whine" and the chain and tensioners need to be replaced or my engine could self destruct at any time. They both quoted me $1400 for the repair, and one offered to take a couple hundred off if I had work done in the next two weeks. One told me a story about another customer who didn't get it fixed and whose engine died and self destructed a week later. Googling "xterra timing chain whine" gets lots of hits from owners fighting with Nissan to get it fixed or paying for the repair. It appears that the timing chain tensioners are poorly designed and the plastic that the chain rides on wears out leaving chain rubbing on metal. That is the source of the whining noise, but it isn't clear whether or not it really can cause the chain to break. I discussed it with my mechanic and he didn't think the whining was a problem but if engine starts making noise like a can of marbles then it needs to be fixed right away. He said that he normally replaces xterra timing chains at around 200K miles. It's been 80K+ miles and 4 years since first dealer tried to get me to pay for this expensive repair. I don't know if I'm living on borrowed time or not, but I'm holding out until 200K, and then taking it to my mechanic who has the special tools for it and will charge only about half of what the dealer wants. - astrobrewer
General maintance: replace timing belt and accessory belts
When should i change it again.
My car stopped while driving. Diagnosed to be broken timing belt and estimated cost to repair was 3000.00. Does this make sense?
Does my Xterra has a timing chain or a timing belt? If a timing belt @ what milage it should be replaced? And how much (estimate)it will cost including labor,water pump, belts, seals etc. I appreci...