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Old 09-29-2008, 05:34 PM
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1997 Nissan Quest. Is the timing belt a belt or chain? Is it the type that if it breaks interferes with the motor to cause serious damage or is the noninterference type where it won't harm the motor?
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i believe all nissans are chain driven.
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It is a belt and it is interference.
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Old 09-30-2008, 04:37 PM
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Thanks Master Tech, I thought so.
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Old 09-30-2008, 07:37 PM
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Actually, the Quest is the only vehicle with a timing belt from Nissan that will not bend valves if the belt breaks. That was part of the agreement that Nissan made with Ford in producing the Quest van.
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oh really huh didnt know that, cause i remember someone telling me that all nissaans were chain driven. thatnks for info
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:26 AM
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Actually, the Quest is the only vehicle with a timing belt from Nissan that will not bend valves if the belt breaks. That was part of the agreement that Nissan made with Ford in producing the Quest van.

This got me thinking. I have a 2008 Quest and emailed Nissan asking if the van has a timing belt or chain. Their response for my 2008 model:

Dear XXXXXX,

Thank you for taking the time to personally contact us about your interest in
Nissan products.

In regards to your email, all the 2008 Nissan Quest has timing chain.

We hope that this information answers your question, but if you need any
additional information or have further questions, please let us know by reply
e-mail or by calling 1-800-647-7263 and pressing "0" for a live operator.

Also, make sure to take a look at our website, www.NissanUSA.com, for the most
up-to-date product information.


....so did the earlier Quests use a timing belt then? When did they switch over to a timing chain?
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Old 10-05-2008, 05:23 AM
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Good job Deeznuts...Its true Nissan and Ford did sleep in the same bed for awhile. It does have a belt and also that belt has seen some changes over the years. If replacement is in it's future make sure it goes on with the face on the belt facing the correct way or a noise it will make. Chains didn't find it's way to that engine untill the went to the new body style. 3.5 motor i think it was.Take a close look at an old Ford aerostar and you will see the little Nissan 'Hamburger" all over it.And thats concludes todays history lession.
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^^that nuts i do see it. man u know i keep finding these things out lately...where one company is building car for the other one... found out abbout the aztec and toyota the other day. pretty crazy
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Old 10-06-2008, 05:03 AM
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Nissan will build a new truck for suzuki that look for the most part like a frontier. How bout them apples.
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:54 AM
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Question No one is agreeing!

Nobody is agreeing on belt vs chain! Which is it? I want to know too!
If belt, non-interference or not - no one is agreeing on that either!
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:21 AM
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Nissan used a belt up until the 3.5 was installed (2005 model I believe). Your 1997 uses a belt, not a chain. The timing belts were non-interference/freewheeling (no damage would occur). Again, that was a stipulation set into place by Ford. The Quest was a joint venture between Nissan and Ford.
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:00 AM
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Thanks Deeznuts,

Its Now final clear to me, and i agree you have it right.
Non interferance belt up to the 3.5

Great Info
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Old 02-27-2010, 06:38 AM
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Default interference or not???

My friends 1995 van broke his timing belt. His mechanic told him that it is interference and he was going to scrap and replace the van. he has been unemployed for a long while and can hardly afford that. I'm going by their check it to see if their is valves damage.

What is the easiest way to check for valve damage???
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:48 AM
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It's a belt and it is a non interference engine.

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