So, I’ve got my Pathfinder (2006 / 160K miles) timing case opened, and this is what I see inside:
Basically, the passenger side chain ate through the tensioner shoe, driver side ate it not completely yet, but is on the last leg too. Obviously, both chains and tensioner shoes are to be replaced, passenger side tensioner is under question, I’ve still not seen if chain damaged the plunger.
I would not bring it up for the community attention (maybe after completing it), but I’ve hit a wall and need an advise, as Nissan Factory Service Manual contradicts to what I see in the front of me…
It instructs to get crankshaft to cylinder 1 TDC:
Here I’ve immediately noticed that manual described marks do not result in valves to be up symmetrically, they are looking like they passed too far clockwise.
If I’m checking the proper chain placement page:
Here what I see in my case:
On both sides, all 4 sprocket are around 30 degrees to the right, clock-wise shifted.
The crank sprocket is also shifted clock-wise to compare to the shop manual:
So, all looks to me like my harmonic balancer has wrong marks on it. Besides, the bolt is also supposed to have 60-degrees marks, but it has 90-degrees marks (?!?).
I’ve checked the cylinder 1 itself, and no way it is TDC, piston in not in top position.
So, I wanted to ask experts to verify my findings and to please give advise on an alternative TDC placement.
So far my idea was to get the best from the marks on the timing sprokets and make my own timing marks on the harmonic balancer, then go by the shop manual.
BTW, 19 out of 24 valves are in +0.02…0.06 mm over the maximum range, so I go for the valve lifters (fixed!) replacement in this job as well, but I need to get TDC issue resolved first.