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Start to finish, roughly how long will it take for a backyard mechanic like me to do a timing belt and water pump?

 

 

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VQ has 3 chains, not a belt

I believe he has the vg


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I believe he has the vg


If he does he’s in luck. Changing the timing chain on the VQ is such a pain. If it wasn’t built so that you have to remove the entire upper oil pan just to take off the front cover, it would be a lot less terrible.

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If he does he’s in luck. Changing the timing chain on the VQ is such a pain. If it wasn’t built so that you have to remove the entire upper oil pan just to take off the front cover, it would be a lot less terrible.


I do have a VG


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8 hrs?



That’s depressing


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That’s depressing


Fantastic engines, horrible to work on. Get ahold of a factory service manual PDF, and start reading up on the procedure to see if it’s something you want to do yourself. I was blown away that the dealership quoted me $2000 to do my engine timing on the VQ... I did it myself and rebuilt my engine while I was in there for $1200, but even timing alone took over 8 hours to get to.



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5 hours ago, rc_cola_j said:

 

 


That’s depressing


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I decided to have the belt done by a shop for my 04 frontier. I think I paid $800 out the door. Seems expensive but avoids the huge headache.

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It's not really that bad. If you've done a lot of car work it should be pretty straight forward. Just make sure you have a balancer puller. Also make sure you triple check the tooth count before reassembly. The first time I did one it took me 6 hours but now I can knock them out in like 2-3 lol.

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I highly recommend you replace the crank/camshaft oil seals while you are in there.  I didn't and one leaked about 2 months later.  As adamzan stated, it took about 2-3 hours the second time.

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^What he said, only the one I skipped started leaking almost immediately after I got the thing buttoned back up. :doh:And yes, it's much quicker the second time.

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