1995 Nissan Altima POSSIBLE TIMING CHAIN PROBLEM

Tiny
MBLACK18
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  • 1995 NISSAN ALTIMA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
MY ALTIMA HAS STARTED MAKING A HORRIBLE NOISE FROM THE AREA OF THE TIMING CHAIN, AND RUNNING EXTREMELY ROUGH. I PARKED THE CAR AND I'M WANTING TO KNOW WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO PROPERLY DIAGNOSE THE PROBLEM?
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Tuesday, January 1st, 2008 AT 6:01 PM

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Tiny
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Well, you can gain some insight with a compression test. Bad compression will put you in a postion of some teardown. This is an interference engine meaning the pistons and valves may have damaged one another.
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Tuesday, January 1st, 2008 AT 6:14 PM
Tiny
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If it's a loud rackety type of noise, then it's just the timing chain guides (well-known nuisance on Altimas). Not sure why the rough idle, but check your distributor.
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Thursday, January 10th, 2008 AT 11:34 AM

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