How can I check if timing belt is working properly

Asked by Apr 21, 2014 at 08:22 PM about the 1991 Nissan Pickup

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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If it is running right it is working

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Pretty much. Timing belts just make sure the valves (top of engine) are synced up with the pistons (bottom of engine). What I would do is check your engine first. If you have a 4 cylinder engine (I-4) I'd almost be certain you have a timing chain, not a belt. These should never need maintenance or need replacing, unless you do something really stupid (i.e. rev it up to 7000 rpm repeatedly). If you have a V-6 you probably have a timing belt. There also should be a plaque on the engine telling you at what mileage the timing belt was last changed/service (the one on my Pathfinder is right on the front of the engine). Most engines I've seen recommend changing the timing belt every 90,000 to 105,000 miles. If you don't and that belt breaks, you're gonna need a new engine, or a new truck.

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