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2000 nissan xterra v6 xe 2wd auto trans quit running idling .

Going 10 mph. running the dog on the beach truck stopped running,I it turned over twice to start , no go, stopped imiediately and looked over engine , no spark at cap and rotor. Rotor not turning. been 90000 miles since re done belt ( timing ) , Timing belt broke hugh ?? I think so and hope I didn't ruinn the engine did I bend all the Valves ?? $$$$ ugh !!!! any help to answering this on a football sunday would be great thanks a million.

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  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2009

    I bet he put HHO generator on his car, when water entering your engine, it will screw your valves. See, I told you don't believe the ******** of those Hydrogen on demand. If your hydrogen cell went above 130 degree, then its water vapor will get sucked into the engine even if you think no such thing. Do your home work, test outside the car and you will see how much water can hurt your car.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    When i turn the engine off, the fan starts up won't stop, the horn blows and the lights flash. dash lights are on

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    it was running when it happen



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Well, I hate to inform you of this, but all Nissan engines except the V-6 that was used in the Quest mini-van up to 2003 are interference engines- meaning that if a valve is fully open and the corresponding piston travels to Top Dead Center (TDC), they will contact forcefully resulting in a bent valve.

I have seen this many times as most people don't want to spend the $500 to have their timing belt replaced.

Fortunately for you, Nissan cylinder head castings are built pretty strong. I have pulled the cylinder heads and replaced bent valves (be sure to "lap them in" with a good valve lapping compound) and reassembled the engines with fantastic results. Most engines have broken valve guides and valves and pistons, but Nissans typically don't break these things.

This is a very involved job and should not be attempted unless you have pretty extensive experience with the internal combustion engine, so I would recommend a trusted mechanic or, ultimately, your local dealer.

Depending on labor rate, you're looking in the ball park of $1500 for this repair.

I hope this has been helpful!!

Nissan Scope Technician- 10+ years experience in Nissan dealership.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008


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