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2002 maxima I was told that my 2002 maxima has a timing chain not a timing belt. However, during a recent maintenance the mechanic told me it is ready for a timing belt. Does it have a timing belt?

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  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    I WAS JUST DOING MAINTENANCE...THE TRUCK WAS RUNNING FINE TIL i HAD THE VALVE COVER CHANGED AND THEN THE TIMING BELT AND THEN THE DISTRIBUTOR...PROBLEM WITH POWER RIGHT AFTER VALVE COVER AND TIMING CHAIN...

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    WHAT CAUSES WHINING NOISE DURING ACCELARATION EVEN WHEN YOU HAVE IT IN PARK N GIVE GAS IT WHINES.. WAS TOLD TIMING CHAIN BUT I DONT BELIEVE THAT THAT IS THE CASE ITS NOT RATTLING NOISE JUST WHINES

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No, it has a timing chain that will not require maintenance. Maybe he meant the external drive belts. They should be changed on schedule.

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  • tomcam Jul 15, 2014

    None of the belts you list are what drive the cams.(Timing) He has a timing chain.

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You have a serpentine belt and a power steeing belt.this is on the 2002 maximahope this helps.,

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