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Is your Maxima SOHC or DOHC?
If you not sure, the engine family will be either... VE30DE, or VG30E.
There is an update for the timing on this engine that didn't seem to make it to the book.
Here is what Nissan has on it.
If you need anything else, just let me know!
If your car specifies DOHC, then... this is not the engine that came in your car. NO WONDER the timing marks are wrong.
You have a SOHC engine......DOHC engine (which you said you had) does not have timing belt on the 1992 Maxima.
Here are those instructions. Which are ALSO updated!
If the old timing belt broke, then it is possible that there are bent valves in the engine, and it won't start.
But, if not... we need to look into what this engine is, then... Here is a closer look at the timing marks.
If those marks are not there, then this is definately not the engine that came out of your Maxima....would need to know what it came out of to go any farther.