Question about 1992 Nissan Maxima

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Brujo I have recentrly bought this car, it has 65000 miles , has a noise like a diesel engine not always, works perfectly. Do I have to replace the timing belt, slap guards , anything else? I live in South America, no easy to find replace parts.Thanks

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  • elbrujo Oct 15, 2008

    You are right, engine is a VE30DE .A mechanic here told me that also could be the fuel injectors, but reading your site I notice there are a lot of this engine with the same problem.

    Also has the light of the Air Bag turning on every 3 sec.

    Thanks a lot for your help.



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Which engine is this VE30DE or VG30. You can tell by looking at the valve covers. (but by what you are descibing you have the VE30DE) If the valve covers are red in color, than it's a VG30 with a timing belt. If the valve covers are BIG aluminium ones , than that's a VE30DE engine with timing chains. Or if your speed goes to125MPH than its a VG30 , but if it goes to 145MPH than its the VE30DE (24 valve dual overhead cam with variable timing control) Let me know what you have and we will take it from there.

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    Phil Lovisek Oct 15, 2008

    12 plus years with Nissan I have seen quite a few of these engines and actually had the same car my self, That particular model with the VE30DE is a "street version of a INDY car". Nissan used that engine in the INDY car and then they down tuned it and put it on a street into a 1992-1994 limited production Maximas. Fast cars. I loved mine. Awesome cars if maintanace is kept up. That's where the problem is. The sound that you are hearing "is or are" your VTC sprockets. Nissan had some issues with those , if people didnt keep up woth their oil changes, it would clogg up the oil galleys in the engine resulting in oil starvasion to the VTC sprockets eventually damaging the sprocket and destroing it. Nissan has a rebuild kit for those, however that will only get you about 80K. Replacement sprockets are available at about $500 a side and than all other gaskets that you will need to fix it. Have you checked how much oil is in the engine?? If there is plenty of oil, than the sprockets will need to be replaced. I have done few of those my self and it's not something that person which does;t work on cars may not want to attempt. The whole top of the engine has to come apart along with both valve covers, timing chains and cam shafts. And if the sprockets are getting rebuild, you need a press and few specialty tools from Nissan to perfrom the rebuild. That's where the VTC sprockets are located, at the end of the cam shaft on each bank/side of the engine. Good luck.



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