Timing Belt (3.3L)

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MADEJOSE
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  • 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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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
DRCRANKNWRENCH
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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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Saturday, November 18th, 2017 AT 8:30 PM (Merged)
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POLIVER2010
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  • 2001 NISSAN QUEST
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  • 148,000 MILES
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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Saturday, November 18th, 2017 AT 8:30 PM (Merged)
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SATURNTECH9
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That engine is a interference so you could have bent valve's.
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Saturday, November 18th, 2017 AT 8:30 PM (Merged)
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MR. SANCHEZ
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  • 1996 NISSAN QUEST
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  • 175 MILES
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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BIGDADDYSGIRL17
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  • 1998 NISSAN QUEST
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  • 130,000 MILES
How do I replace the timing belt on my 98 Nissan quest
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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 AT 5:36 PM (Merged)
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CARADIODOC
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That's way more than I have time left in my life to retype. You need a copy of the manufacturer's service manual. That will give you pages of instructions with line drawings, torque specs, and any special tools that may be needed. Chiltons and Haynes manuals are not good choices for this type of major job. You can usually find any manual on eBay.

You can also go to the top of this page, point to "Repair and Service", then click on "Manuals" to go to a page were you can buy a subscription for your van.
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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 AT 5:36 PM (Merged)
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MSBROMO1
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I have a 1999 Nissan Quest with approx 120,000 miles. Bought used, unknown if timing belt has ever been replaced. Was told it would cost approx $900 to replace timing belt and also that the water pump would need to be done at the same time. My question is, is the cost estimate right and does the water pump need to also be done? I see online different websites have the cost of the belt at approx $25, hard to imagine it costs $875 for labor.
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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 AT 5:37 PM (Merged)
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BMRFIXIT
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Its almost double than what it should be
check and get another estimate
yes better to replace the water pump too

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need manual CHECK IT @
http://www.2carpros.com/kpages/auto_repair_manuals.htm
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