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How do I set the timing marks on a 1992 Nissan Maxima?

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How do I set the timing marks on a 1992 Nissan Maxima?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  ase_master327 replied 8 years ago.

Is your Maxima SOHC or DOHC?

If you not sure, the engine family will be either... VE30DE, or VG30E.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Expert:  ase_master327 replied 8 years ago.

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!


Customer: replied 8 years ago.
The information attached outlines a timing chain my nissan has a timing belt
Expert:  ase_master327 replied 8 years ago.

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!

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
i set the timing using this information and the car would not start. What did I do wrong?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I do not have punch marks on the timing belt cover located in the diagram. The mars are located in a differnt location form what was sent
Expert:  ase_master327 replied 8 years ago.

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.