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My book shows 3.0 ltr 1997-01 "V" engine with a timing belt recommended change at 100.000 miles or 60.000 miles under adverse conditions. It shows 3 idler pulleys that should be changed as well and all the cam and crank seals should be replaced as well because oil is the main killer of timing belts.. While you may consider the extra cost to be a burden you will not think so when you get 100.000miles trouble free in the timing belt area . Do not replace any of the items and you run the risk of all that work again in say 30.000 miles
For the 2001 Nissan Maxima 3.0L SFI DOHC V6:
It has a Timing Chain.
Unlike Timing Belts, Timing Chains will normally last the lifetime of the car. However, when it is time to change the Water Pump: it is a really great idea to change the Timing Chain and Camshaft and Crankshaft Sprockets, as you are in the vicinity and have already torn down everything already.
Professionally, but not officially, I like the 100,000 miles rule with Timing Chains.
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your engine has a timing belt not a chain and the water pump is run by the timing belt,and when the pump is changed the belt should be too,it should run you about $300 if the job is done right with the pump,belt,idlers and tensioner if needed,hope this helps
I have just had a similar problem with my Nissan Cefiro (Maxima)2000 The Fault light came on and it was the front cam sensor. The part cost $183NZ ($##@) and took a few minutes to replace. Fault light went out...all ok. The told me it was a timing problem too and maybe the chains needed changing ($2500NZ) for that. Mine has the Variable Timing System (neo Engine) which is what yours may also have. I would be changing the sensor first as that is probably the problem. Mine has only done 44,000K's (ex Japan so always suspect) and with yours only 59000 I doubt there is anything wrong with the timing chain. Hope this helps
Maximas had a timig belt until 1994. Some Maximas from 1992-1994 had chains also, but only the VE30DE models. All VG30 models had timing belt. Since 1995 all maximas (A32, A33, A34 the all new A35) have timing chains and the rarely/never fail. In fact in my 12+ years with nissan, I have't seen/replaced single timing chain in a Maxima, so pretty bullet proof setup and I have had few of those cars and have one right now. Awesome cars, by the way, just keep up with the oil changes and it will run forever. One of my Maximas had 245000 miles, when I was selling it and I still see it on the road here and there. BULLET PROOF engines.