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Some info I stumbled upon. Here's the link to the original page which has some info on other Nissan engines.


AERA=American(?) Engine Rebuilders Association



Recessed Intake Valve Seats On

1990-91 Nissan 3.0L VG30E Engines


AERA members have reported valve seat recession on 1990 Nissan 3.0L VG30E engines. Symptoms include intermittent misfire, hard starting and lack of

power. In most instances this recession is noticed during the 60-80,000 mile period.


Diagnosing these symptoms using cranking compression tests has proved to be inconclusive, as successive tests have shown different results. Cold and hot

engine temperatures also exhibit varying symptoms as the engine warms up and valves do not fully close.


The reported cause of this condition is an unseated intake valve, resulting from valve seat recession. Apparently the valve seat alloys used during 1990-91

model year were not properly comprised. The earlier and later engines do not seem to exhibit this condition.


To repair this type of condition properly, replacement of all intake valve seats and usually all intake valves is necessary.


The AERA Technical Committee









Engine Coolant Leaks On

2000-02 Nissan 3.3 VG33E Engines


The AERA Technical Committee offers the following information regarding an engine coolant leak on 2000-02 3.3 VG33E engines. Customers may complain of engine coolant under the vehicle if sitting for a period of time or the smell of coolant when the engine is warm.


A leak between the intake manifold and the water outlet housing as shown below in Figure 1 may be causing this condition. Visually inspecting this area could verify that this is the source of the leak.


To cure this problem, Nissan offers a revised fiber gasket, Part #11062-9Z000, to be installed between the water outlet and the intake manifold. When changing this gasket, make sure that you have drained the coolant just below the level of the water outlet. This will keep coolant from spilling when removing the housing.


Clean the sealing surface of the water outlet housing and the intake manifold to get rid of any old sealer that may be present. Install the two mounting bolts through the outlet housing and then slide the fiber gasket over the bolts until it is flush with the sealing surface of the housing.


Once the housing is installed onto the intake manifold, tighten the mounting bolts to a torque of 12-15 ft/lbs. Refill the cooling system and run the vehicle to verify that there are no further coolant leaks.


The AERA Technical Committee

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@!*%... could this be what's up with my '90 SE pathy? She's well over that milestone (at 140k miles and climbing) but she has some odd stutter in low RPM ranges :(


i think mine does that too. It seems like around the 2k rpm range usually when Im driving about 30-40mph in 5th gear. It may be something else though too :shrug: Im doing a bunch of suspension work right now so well see...

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