Nissan Maxima 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Timing Chain Cover and Seal



VE30DE Engine

The timing chain (front) cover is an integral part of the oil pump housing. The cylinder heads and the oil pan must be removed in order for the timing chain cover to be removed. Refer to the Timing Chain procedure in this section for removal of the timing chain cover.

The front crankshaft seal can be replaced without removing the timing chain cover.

  1. Using a small prybar, pry the oil seal from the timing chain cover; be careful not to scratch the timing chain cover sealing surface.
  3. Using a new oil seal, lubricate it with engine oil and press it into the timing chain cover.
  5. When installing the timing chain cover; be careful not to tear the oil seal's sealing lip on the crankshaft.

VQ30DE Engine

See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

The engine mount on the front (passenger side) of the engine and the lower and upper oil pans must be removed to remove the timing chain cover. Refer to the Oil Pan Procedure and the Timing Chain procedure for more information.

  1. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
  3. Drain the engine oil and coolant from the engine.
  5. Remove the splash shields from under the vehicle.
  7. Remove the drive belts and the idler pulley bracket.
  9. Remove the power steering pump.
  11. Remove the camshaft and crankshaft position sensors.
  13. Remove the intake manifold collector.
  15. Remove the crankshaft damper.
  17. Remove the air conditioning compressor and bracket. Use safety wire to support it while it is unbolted from the engine.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Unbolt the A/C compressor bracket from the engine ...

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