Question about 1997 Nissan Pickup
The dealer said I need to replace the timing chain and guides. The total would be $1250.00. My 1997 truck has 75,000 miles. I questioned them and they're answer to the low mileage was perhaps I did not get my oil changed every 3,000 miles.
If the rattle occurs only for a few moments, it could also be a cheap oil filter without an anti-drain valve, or just a cruddy one. Try using an OEM oil filter. Why does that matter? After sitting for a while, it allows all the oil to drain back down to the pan, so, on start up, it takes a second for all the oil to circulate and you could get some chatter. Bit of a cheaper fix to try before doing the timing components. BTW, this is a bit of an issue on the Ford trucks/SUV's with the 5.4L V8 engines. At the shop I work at, we had to stop putting the generic filters on and went to putting the Motorcraft filters on once we found this out. Haven't had anymore customer complaints.
HOWEVER, if it is a legitimate timing issue, don't let it go. The 98 Sentra 1.6L I drive now had to have a new engine (which I did myself with a friend at his shop from start to finish, no cutting wires, everything back in it's place like it never came out) after the original engine's lower tensioner failed and jumped timing. Rule of thumb with timing components is that they don't really give warning when they are going to fail. If they do give one, LISTEN TO IT!
Posted on Dec 06, 2011
AND? are you going to change them or run it till it breaks and destroys the engine? You SHOULD have been changing the oil and filter at least 3 times a year, regardless of mileage--once before winter (mid Nov) once early Feb, once mid June.
Winter operation short trips causes lots of fuel dilution in the oil, leading to very rapid wear of timing chain, guides, and other sliding surfaces. 3 changes per year, 12 years, $20/change at 'jiffy lube' = $720, vs 1 change/year costing $240, 'saved' $480--but the worn-out timing chain is only the first of many more badly worn parts that will be showing up now.
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