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2003 nissan altima noise by timing chain

I have a noise coming from the timing chain area. Just had the transmission rebuilt at AAMCO and they said the timing chain is bad, I guess there are three timing chains on this model. It is a 3.5 with approx. 117,000 miles. Is this normal or just bad luck?

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I assume that you have a 6cyl engine, noise came from both worned secondary timing chain tenssioner shoes, just replace those two and while you have them all apart, also replace main tenssioner and guide, then all noises will go away. Good luck!

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My timing chain sounds loose. can it be adjusted or should it be replaced? 2003 nissan altima 2.0


If it is running loose for a long time and is worn then should be replaced as soon as
But if the tensioner has come loose which it shouldn't have then an inspection of the links will further tell you if it should be replaced.There are ways to inspect the timing chain.This is a rough guide.

Timing Chain and Sprockets Cleaning and Inspection
  1. Clean the components with cleaning solvent.
    Caution Wear safety glasses in order to avoid eye damage.

  2. Dry the components with compressed air.
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  3. Inspect the timing chain for binding or wear.
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  4. Inspect the camshaft and crankshaft sprockets for:
    • Worn teeth (1)
    • Damaged teeth (2)
    • Chipped teeth (3)
    • Worn valleys between the sprocket teeth

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  5. Inspect the crankshaft sprocket keyway for wear.
  6. Inspect the crankshaft sprocket oil pump drive splines for wear.
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  7. Inspect the chain guide (232) for the following conditions:
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I have a 2003 Nissan Altima. Do I have a timing Chain or Belt. How long does the timing chain last? I have 195,000 miles on my car.


Timing chain. Normally they will last for at least 150,000 miles or longer. If it becomes noisy or car is hard to start, backfires, or performance is sub-par have it checked.


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Your engine and transmission will shift slightly when in drive, and maybe that movement is allowing it to rub on something. Another issue may be that the noise is actually from the transmission.
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On my 2003 altima, when i crank it up after it hasnt been crunk for maybe 2 hours or more, it makes this loud noise. I can turn my car off, and crank it right bak up and it sounds normal. But it makes the...


Nissan Altima 2003 and up have timing chains and if you have looked for them you're not going to find it unless you take the valve cover off and you will see it on the left side but be thankful for one thing that Nissan guarantees that the timing chain will last the life of the engine which is about 250,000 miles. but as anything mech. it can go out anytime new or old have this checked out soon along with the oil pressure let me know what engine you have and the millage email me and ill do some research for you Lee

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Dear Rubbing Noise,
The correct and long term repair for this would be to replace the chain and timing chain tensioners.Only saying to replace the chain seeing as how it's been slapping on metal, where it's not supposed to.This will cure your problem and you will be a happy camper, HOPE I COULD HELP!!!

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The timing chaing noise is very common on almost all v6 nissan engines. There is a significant difference for the maxima's though.

Timing chain noise is very common and it is the result of the secondary timing chain tensioners. They often stick and put too much tension on the chain and the plastic guides for the tensioner wear down to metal and that is the noise you hear.

At Nissan, I have performed this replacement many times and I suggest you take it to the dealership to have it fixed.

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