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Timing chain guide

My car won't start so i dropped the oil pan and found broken plastic pieces in the pan. it looks like one side of the chain guides (i'm guessing thats what you call it), by the upper chain gear,. broke. i took off the lifter cover. is there replacement parts for this? would it be worth it to repair this? can it run without this piece? never worked on these cars before. any help would be appreciated...............HELP! LOL

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    parts store says for that model of 2.4 litre engine Nissan technical service bulletian states not to replace left side causes severe valvetrain noise what should I do?



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Does any one know were to get the pitchers to change the timing chain for free on the internet

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