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Old 09-24-2020, 11:16 AM   #21
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If it jumped time hopefully the valves are OK.
It's a funny thing, but the Head Honcho mechanic at THIS PLACE told me that out of the dozens of Pathfinders that tossed a belt that they fixed, not ONE ever suffered damage to the valves. What they do is remove your cover, put a temp belt on it, and start the engine for a few seconds to check the engine. This is free. Best shop for Nissans in South King county, WA. Trust me on this.

The wife's 98 Pathy tossed the belt right after we bought it. No damage to the valves and I had them do a few other parts too as long as they had the cover off. No problems since, although she's due soon for a new battery.
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Old 01-15-2021, 07:05 PM   #22
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UPDATE: I had someone take a small camera into each of the cylinders, and we observed bent valves on 2 of 6 cylinders. The belt jumped and it came out of time :/ Remember to change your timing belt kids.

Now the search begins for a replacement engine, as I cannot bear the thought of my baby dying forever.
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An aluminum Buick/Olds/Pontiac/Rover, etc. 215 CI V-8 swap would be interesting! :-)


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buick_V8_engine#215
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UPDATE: I had someone take a small camera into each of the cylinders, and we observed bent valves on 2 of 6 cylinders. The belt jumped and it came out of time :/ Remember to change your timing belt kids.

Now the search begins for a replacement engine, as I cannot bear the thought of my baby dying forever.
Sadly, I think these interference engines are the death of many V6 Hardbody trucks.

When you buy a used truck, why would a person instinctively think to spend $600-$800 on it at a shop to swap out the timing belt, tensioner, water pump, etc?

Most people just drive their vehicles and do regular maintenance, never thinking to do a once-every 50k or 100k mile service.

But, if you know how these engines work, replace that timing belt as soon as you get it, putting in a new water pump, new tensioner, flush the radiator, install new radiator hoses, cam seals, accessory belts, and thermostat. That engine won't need anything but oil changes until it's time for another timing belt.
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Most people just drive their vehicles and do regular maintenance, never thinking to do a once-every 50k or 100k mile service.
I admire your optimism. Maintenance doesn't make that much of a difference for a new car, it's after that car has been driven 200k miles where it really becomes apparent. But I think a lot of people don't understand that.
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But doing maintenance early makes it so much better at 200k.
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Most people probably don't think that a timing belt is regular maintenance.

Even if they did, they usually start the clock at when they bought it.
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But doing maintenance early makes it so much better at 200k.
Exactly. But most people don't keep the same car for long enough for it to make a difference to them. Or aren't willing to spend the money when they could use it for the down payment on another car.
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