Nissan Sentra/Pulsar/NX 1982-1996 Repair Guide

Timing Belts

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INSPECTION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6



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Fig. Fig. 1: Do not bend, twist or turn the timing belt inside out. Never allow oil, water or steam to contact the belt



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Fig. Fig. 2: Check for premature parting of the belt



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Fig. Fig. 3: Check if the teeth are cracked or damaged



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Fig. Fig. 4: Look for noticeable cracks or wear on the belt face



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Fig. Fig. 5: You may only have damage on one side of the belt; if so, the guide could be the culprit



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Fig. Fig. 6: Foreign material can get in-between the teeth and cause damage

The engines covered in this information are of an "interference'' design. This means that should a timing belt break, there is the possibility of valve and piston damage. As a rule of thumb, it is recommended that the timing belt be replaced at least every 60,000 miles (96,618 km), in order to avoid potentially extensive and costly engine damage.

Timing Belt removal and installation procedures are covered in Engine & Engine Overhaul of this information.

 
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