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1997.5 Nissan Altima

I have a 97 Nissan Altima that hasn't had the timing belt or water pump changed yet,,,,with 139k mi. What are some things I can check for as a warning before changing it?

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You have a timing chain no belt. Changing is not necessary unless there is a failure. Water pump will need changing when it leaks.

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