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Does my 2001 3.3L V6 EFI Nissan Xterra have a non

Does my 2001 Nissan Xterra 3.3L V6 engine have a non interference engine? Does it have a timing belt or timing chain?

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    kevin thomas Sep 16, 2017

    I broke my timing belt pulling a boat uphill going about 75-80 mph. Changed the belt myself. (it sucked) everything ran fine after that.



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It's has a timing belt, also it's an interference engine, if belt goes bad it will bent valve's .

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On my xterra 2001 6 cyl dashborad indicator "set"
what does this mean?

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02 Kia sportage intake and exhaust timing reversed and the engine was turned over but not cranked. Will this damage the engine? en

edited from article by Larry Carley, ImportCar, September 2001

Import interference engines include the following:

* Virtually all Acura and Honda 4-cylinder and V6 passenger car engines;
* 1994 and newer Audi 2.8L V6;
* 1998 & up Audi 1.8L;
* All BMW 2.5L and 2.7L 6-cylinder;
* All Hyundai 4-cylinder and V6 engines;
* Infiniti 3.0L V6;
* Isuzu 1.5L, 2.0L, 2.3L & 2.6L engines;
* Kia 2.0L in the Sportage,
* Mazda 2.0L in the MX-6 and 626, and the 3.0L V6 in the 929 and MPV;
* Most Mitsubishi engines, except the 1.8L, SOHC 2.0L 4-cylinder & SOHC 3.0L V6;
* All Nissan 4-cylinder and V6 engines;
* All Porsche engines;
* 1989-'94 Suzuki 1.3L DOHC;
* Toyota 1.5L Tercel engine;
* 1990-'92 Volkswagen 1.6L diesel; and
* Volvo 2.3L and 2.4L engines.
Unfortunately, the owners of many of these vehicles are totally unaware that their timing belt needs to be periodically replaced for preventive maintenance. The belt is out-of-sight and out-of-mind and, unless they read their owner's manual (which few ever do) and see the replacement recommendation in black-and-white, they usually ignore the belt until it's too late.

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Interference engines .....
Virtually all Acura and Honda 4-cylinder and V6 passenger car engines;
Kia 2.0L "Sportage"
Mazda 2.0L in the MX-6 and 626, and the 3.0L V6 in the 929 and MPV;
Mitsubishi engines, except the 1.8L, SOHC (My Galant!) 2.0L 4-cylinder & SOHC 3.0L V6;
All Nissan 4-cylinder and V6 engines
All Porsche engines
1989-'94 Suzuki 1.3L DOHC
Toyota 1.5L Tercel
1990-'92 Volkswagen 1.6L diesel
Volvo 2.3L and 2.4L engines.
1994 and newer Audi 2.8L V6
1998 & newer Audi 1.8L
BMW 2.5L and 2.7L 6-cylinder
Hyundai 4-cylinder and V6 engines
Infiniti 3.0L V6
Isuzu 1.5L, 2.0L, 2.3L & 2.6L engines;

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Just anted to confirm that my 2005 buick rendezvous has a non interference engine as i need to replace the timing belt/chain and was concerned with driving it

you need to say what engine it has ( 4,v6,v8)
a qualified mechanic always treats an engine as intereference fit regardless because either engine can have valve damage when the failure occurs
If you have not broken a belt or chain and you set the timing marks up properly before removing the belt or chain and do not turn crank or cam/s after the belt/chain is removed there will be no damage done
that only occurs when the crank is or cam/s are turned without the connection to each other

Jul 01, 2016 | 2005 Buick Rendezvous

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Is it an interference or noninterference engine? Think timing chain has broke

Broken timing chain is a very large problem, if it happened while engine is running. Bent/broken valves and such. Makes a LOT of noise, and engine stops immediately.

Your question doesn't include make/model/year, so your question isn't possible to answer. Doesn't really matter, though, if your timing chain broke. That's pretty rare. Timing belt, yes. Chain, no.

Sep 18, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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Is mazda mpv an none interference engine


• 1.5L Non-Interference
• 1.6L Non-Interference
• 1.8L 4 Cyl. Non-Interference
• 1.8L V6 Non-Interference
• 2.0L Diesel Interference
• 2.0L DOHC (626, MX-6 & Protege) Non- Interference
• 2.0L DOHC (Tribute) Non-Interference
• 2.0L SOHC Non-Interference
• 2.2L Interference
• 2.3L 4 Cyl. (B2300) Non-Interference
• 2.3L V6 Non-Interference
• 2.5L 4 Cyl. (B2500) Non-Interference
• 2.5L V6 Non-Interference
• 3.0L DOHC Interference
• 3.0L SOHC Interference

Apr 05, 2014 | 1990 Mazda MPV

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Mechanic said timing belt broken nissan quest 2001 possible engine problem is this interference or non.what can i do

If it's the 3.0 it should be non-interference. Anything else is beyond me. I would assume a water-pump, tensioner and timing belt replacement is due. A reputable shop would be happy to perform the work, and you should end up happy with the quality of work

Jan 20, 2011 | 2001 Nissan Quest

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How to tighten /loosen belts on a 2000 xterra, its making a super loud squeaking noise when i turn on the car

The only cure to fix squeaking belts, is to replace with the new one. When the belts start squeaking noise, then it is the time to check the status of the timing belt or chain, depending on the size of the engine.
The 2000-2004 Nissan Xterra was offered with the choice of 2.4L 4-cylinder or 3.3L V6 engine.
The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder DOHC engine was a pretty good reliable engine, but for this truck, it was underpowered. This engine has a long-lasting timing chain - there is no timing belt to replace.
The 3.3-liter V6 SOHC was also a bit slow on pick-up, but for daily use, it was pretty good, durable, simple engine. This engine has a timing belt that needs to be replaced at recommended intervals. The SE model offered a supercharged version of the same engine with more power.
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Nov 21, 2010 | 2000 Nissan Xterra

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For a 2001 nissan xterra when should the timing belt be replaced

On a 3.3L engine V-6, Nissan recommends replacement every 105,000 miles, note that this is an interference engine, that piston to valve damage will happen in the event of a timing belt failure.

Xterra with 2.4L and 4.0L have timing chain only, no timing belt.

Aug 03, 2010 | 2001 Nissan Xterra

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Is the engine a non interference engine? Trying

Dear Unsure About Timing Belt Replacement......You are CORRECT ...this xterra motor does have whatthey call an interference engine in it.......and yes it does require exact placement and alignment of the cam to crank timing marks. Cam lock stabilizers are invovled for a pain free install of the timing belt.... If you have never done one before I would suggest that this not be your first attempt......try smaller and work up to something like this.......If you do need any more help though please get back to me....thx for your time!!!!!HOPE I COULD HELP!!!

Nov 17, 2009 | 2000 Nissan Xterra

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Timing belt sliped

Normally YES, I would have a new belt fitted and try it just in case. I have had several 'interference' motors break a belt and not damage any valves. Its worth taking a chance before running the expense of pulling the heads off for inspection.

Apr 07, 2009 | 2002 Nissan Xterra

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