Time for Timing belt?

nissan
altima

#1

My 2002 Nissan Altima has 64K miles on the odometer. Is there a timing belt/chain on this car and does it need to be replaced?


#2

Did you look at your owners manual??

If you have a belt then it will be in the owners manual along with the mileage/time interval in which it should be changed. But check your owners manual first.


#3

look at your engine…if theres a plastic cover on the front of the engine near the front pulleys…you have a BELT…your metal valve cover will end short of the front of the engine and in its place will be a black plastic cover…if you have the cover you have a belt

I just looked it up and it looks like you have a CHAIN…so


#4

If there’s a timing belt, it’ll be mentioned in the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual.


#5

Yes, if it has a belt it is time to change it based on 8+ years of driving. If the manual does not mention a Timinhg Belt, it probaly has a chain. Our 1994 Nissan has a chain.


#6

Did you even look at your manual before posting? I ask because I wonder what people think that book is for if not this.


#7

Many cars this old are with their 2nd owner. Usually the owners and maintenance manual are in the bottom of a landfill…


#8

Your car has a timing chain, not a belt. Generally good for the life of the car, aside from that occasional oddball that breaks a chain guide.

Anyway, no maintenance needed unless there’s excessive noise.


#9

All cars have either a timing belt, a timing chain, or timing gears. Yours has a chain. No regular maintenance necessary to maintain it, outside of regular oil changes.


#10

Thanks for that advice. Silly of me not to have done that, but I’m not car saavy and have a lot of difficulty interpreting this kind of stuff, but will take your suggestion to heart before I post.

I would like to thank all those who did give me a reasonable answer, and it seems that the timing " chain " doesn’t have to be replaced on this vehicle. I’ve been trying to check it with a Nissan dealer, but strangely enough, I get differing answers/opinions.