Timing Belt (3.3L)

Tiny
MADEJOSE
  • 2002 NISSAN QUEST
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 90,000 MILES

My Nissan Quest 2002 broke the timing belt while running. I have heard that this car was built by Ford under an agreement that the engines would be free running/non-interference thus not bending valves. Is this true? I just want to know before sending my car to the shop.

Jose

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Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 AT 5:10 PM

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Tiny
2CARPROS KEN
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I checked it out on RockAuto and this is what they say

"Camshaft; Interference Engine"

So it could have bent valve. I would remove the both valve covers and rockers then do a leak down test to see if any are bent.

Here is how the timing belt job is done

https://www.2carpros.com/diagrams/nissan/quest/2002

Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

Cheers, Ken

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Saturday, November 18th, 2017 AT 8:29 PM
Tiny
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The 3.3L is an, "Interference" engine. This does mean that it will keep spinning if the timing belt breaks. So, damage to the valves and pistons is possible if it broke.

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POLIVER2010
  • 2001 NISSAN QUEST

Engine Mechanical problem
2001 Nissan Quest 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 148000 miles

is the 3.3 engine in my 2001 nissan quest non interference? The timing belt recently broke leaving me stranded 500 miles from home and I really need to know if it is worth getting repaired. Thanks for your help

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That engine is a interference so you could have bent valve's.

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MR. SANCHEZ
  • 1996 NISSAN QUEST

Engine Performance problem
1996 Nissan Quest 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 175 miles

THE TIMING BELT BROKE ON MY VAN. WHEN THAT HAPPENS DOES ANYTHING ELSE MIGHT GO WRONG LIKE PISTONS MIGHT BREAK OR SOMETHING ELSE CAN GO WRONG.

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Saturday, November 18th, 2017 AT 8:30 PM (Merged)
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Hello,

Since that vehicle isn't a Interference Type Engine you shouldn't have anything like the Piston or Valve Damage.

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