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Old 09-16-2018, 06:27 PM   #1
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Default Chain ate through timing cover!

Want to see something cool, actually not-so-cool? Please see exhibits A
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Old 09-16-2018, 06:35 PM   #2
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And exhibit B.

Let this be a testament to my poor Nissan parenting and procrastination lifestyle. What you see here is a product of over 100k miles of owner ship in which long periods of time went between oil changes, sub-par products were often used, and neglect to repair the first timing guides at the first sign of failure which occurred at a guesstimate 50k miles ago.

Truck is a 01 fronty with the 2.4 dohc and it had recently died on my wife, and while I'm still trying to figure out exactly why it died, this was the time to dive into it and attempt to do the repairs myself.
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Old 09-16-2018, 06:38 PM   #3
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I can get a new timing cover (any leads?) but what I'm clearly worried about now is all the chewed up aluminum that's all up in the rest of my motor now, I wonder if it will break down before it ruins my rings or something. I think I might be ok but man had I gone much longer it would have been an extra bad deal, if I'm not screwed already...
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Old 09-16-2018, 07:53 PM   #4
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Old guide next to new guide. I haven't fully dropped my oil pan yet but I anticipate I'll find the upper bolt for that guide down in there. It was missing when i opened it all up

EDIT, yea it was down in there, found it just feeling around
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:31 PM   #5
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As far as the aluminum, really you have 2 choices. Rebuild it, or let it ride and hope for the best. I’d let it ride and change the oil on some short intervals a couple of times.
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Old 09-17-2018, 12:29 AM   #6
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Change that oil filter too, with a super-high quality version (with check valve too), a few times.
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:09 PM   #7
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Wow. Congratulations for the drive to dig into this. And your photos are very good and clear.
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Old 09-17-2018, 04:39 PM   #8
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Get you a oil drain plug thats magnetic for starters. Drop the pan and clean it really good. Clean the oil PU tube really good. Change the oil and filter after a few hundred miles. It might be OK after that.
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