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I just brought my 05 maxima (with 85,000 miles) into the dealer for an air conditioning fix. With the inspection, they noted that there was a sound at start up with the timing chain and tensioners. I was advised this problem will only get worse and the repair would cost between $2,000 and $2,600, depending on how many parts had to be replaced. When I research this issue, it appears that timing chain problems/tensioners are an issue with maximas. The tensioners are defective and it is a matter of time before they need to be replaced. Should I make this repair? What are the consequences of waiting to make this repair? Is the cost estimate reasonable? Thanks for your help!

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This is very difficult to weigh in on without actually hearing the sound. also, if your altima has the 3.5 l engine, it is the exact same engine as in the maxima. typically, if you have been changing your oil as you should (every 3000 miles) you should not be having this problem, but anything is possible. if you have any doubt, get a second opinion, for that kind of money i certainly would. good luck!

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  • gailofiowa Jun 05, 2010

    As noted in the post, I have a maxima, not an altima. This is a known problem with this engine where the tensioners wear down due to defective materials. Assuming the diagnosis is correct, can anyone respond to my questions? Thanks.

  • Geoff Walton Jun 05, 2010

    my apologies, you selected altima when setting up your account.
    assuming the diagnosis is correct, the repair should be made, because if the tensioner does break, it could severely damage the engine. also, if the tensioner is is bad enough, it could be effecting engine performance and gas mileage if altering the timing enough.


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