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How do I replace the timing belt on the 2001 xterra SE

Well I'm just assuming thats the problem since the first problem I found when I checked it was that the distributor wasn't turning, The trucks engine just stopped dry while I was driving living me with all the lights on the dashboard on. Anyone who can help? or who has any other idea? Thanks in advance

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You'll need to get a repair manual or a shop manual for the procedure.
Keep in mind the 3.3 engine is an interference engine, so there is a good chance the valves are damaged if the belt broke.

Posted on Dec 09, 2012

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

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.

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SOURCE: 2002 Nissan Xterra V6 3.3l 4WD Chirping in Engine

I have the same problem in my Nisan Titanwhen it has rained lately. Either moisture has gotten into the pulley system, or the belt is loose. it could be something else though.

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SOURCE: Does my 2001 3.3L V6 EFI Nissan Xterra have a non

It's has a timing belt, also it's an interference engine, if belt goes bad it will bent valve's .

Posted on Nov 24, 2009

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inner timing cover y shaped oil gallery gaskets..make your own or order the complete cover..costs from nissan are 500 canadian for the cover and around 1500 total for the replacement.oil pressure goes back up immediately after the install..alot of work to replace a cheezy piece of paper...

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