Timing chain tensioner bleeding off oil pressure on Nissan Maxima

The timing chain tensioner may bleed off oil pressure after the engine is shut down. This can cause a rattling noise when the engine is started cold and a revised timing chain tensioner and guide are available to correct this issue.
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Average mileage: 125,675 (80,000–240,000)
Engines affected: 3.0L V6 DOHC, 3.0L V6 SOHC
12 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007
21 people reported this problem
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2000 Nissan Maxima 240,000 mi,
timing chain rattling noise coming from passenger side of engine.
2000 Nissan Maxima - 3.0L V6 DOHC
Timing tensioner making tapping sound
2004 Nissan Maxima - 3.0L V6 SOHC 110,000 mi,
timing chain makes noise when you 1st start up the car, and you can hear it while you are driving. nissan want $4000 to fix it
2001 Nissan Maxima 162,000 mi,
I bought this maxima real cheap through a friend of a friend. Went for about a10 mile drive and the oil light started flashing and heard the timing chain slapping loudly.i drove it home, took the front valve cover off and i couldn't believe what i saw.there was so much sludge in there!!! Unbelievable the car still runs good as out does. gonnaclean it out best i can,drop the oil pan and clean the screen,replace the tensioners and guides,and hope for the best!!
1995 Nissan Maxima 137,000 mi,
sounds like a diesel
1994 Nissan Maxima - 3.0L V6 DOHC 135,000 mi,
I have been hearing the timing chain noise for some time, especially when the engine is cold. Once the engine warms up for about 20-30- minutes the noise goes away. In spite of this, The car drives fine, but once in a while after driving for about 20 miles the engine starts hick-ups and one time the engine RPM dropped way below idle and stalled. I re-started it and drove OK after that. I have no check engine light, no codes whatsoever, my temperature is absolutely spot on, but I cannot figure out 1) the timing chain noise (or valves noise from what sounds like coming from the back set of valves, close to the firewall), and 2) why the intermittent hick-ups. I have taken it to my mechanic who I trust completely and he checked everything he could: Cat converters, muffler (for obstructions at temperature), fuel pump pressure, etc.. and could not find a reliable solution to this problem. We have been racking our brains for about a month and cannot figure this one out. My mechanic is not one to throw parts at the car, hoping one of them will fix the problem. And i certainly don't want to start replacing parts either, unless I have confidence we identified the root cause. Between him and I we are fast approaching a decision on replacing the timing chain kit (chain, guides, tensioner, etc). Do you guys have any suggestions? thanks.
2006 Nissan Maxima 140,000 mi,
noise of the timing chain
2001 Nissan Maxima 95,000 mi,
ratting noise in timing chain cover