Nissan/Datsun 200SX/510/610/710/810/Maxima 1973-1984 Repair Guide

Timing Belt

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 View of the timing belt with cover removed



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Fig. Fig. 2 Install the belt tensioner and return spring as shown



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Fig. Fig. 3 Spin the tensioner pulley to make sure it works smoothly



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Fig. Fig. 4 Set the tensioner spring by first hooking one end to the side of bolt (B), then the other on the pawl bracket



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Fig. Fig. 5 Set the No. 1 cylinder at TDC on the compression stroke

  1. Remove the battery ground cable.
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  3. Remove the cooling fan.
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  5. Remove the power steering, alternator, and air conditioner compressor belts if so equipped.
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  7. Set the No. 1 cylinder at TDC on the compression stroke. The accompanying illustration shows the timing mark alignment for TDC.
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  9. Remove the front upper and lower timing belt covers.
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  11. Loosen the timing belt tensioner and return spring, then remove the timing belt.
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  13. Carefully inspect the condition of the timing belt. There should be no breaks or cracks anywhere on the belt. Especially check around the bottoms of the teeth, where they intersect the belt; cracks often show up here. Evidence of any wear or damage on the belt means the belt should be replaced.
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  15. To install the belt, first make sure that No. 1 cylinder is set at TDC on compression. Install the belt tensioner and return spring.
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If the coarse stud has been removed, apply Loctite® or another locking thread sealer to the stud threads before installing.

  1. Make sure the tensioner bolts are not securely tightened before the drive belt is installed. Make sure the tensioner pulley can be rotated smoothly.
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  3. Make sure the timing belt is in good condition and clean. Do not bend it. Place the belt in position, aligning the white lines on the timing belt with the punch mark on the camshaft pulleys and the crankshaft pulley. Make sure the arrow on the belt is pointing toward the front belt covers.
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  5. Tighten the belt tensioner and assemble the spring. To set the spring, first hook one end on bolt B side, then hook the other end on the tensioner bracket pawl. Rotate the crankshaft two turns clockwise, then tighten bolt B then bolt A. At this point, belt tension will automatically be at the specified value.
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  7. Install the upper and lower timing belt covers.
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  9. Install and adjust all the drive belts.
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  11. Connect the battery cable, start engine and check the ignition timing.
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