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Jake, Nissan Technician
Category: Nissan
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Quest: i have a 1999 Nissan quest 3.3 liter wont start distributor

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i have a 1999 Nissan quest 3.3 liter wont start distributor not turning think timing belt broke , ran fine i parked car and it wont start must have broke as i was trying to start it. is this a interference motor or non interference , im debating if to have repaired
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  Jake replied 1 year ago.
This IS an interference motor, but if the belt broke while trying to start it and didn't break while driving then your likely going to be fine, granted there is no way to know FOR SURE until you install a new belt. If the engine is cranking though and the distributor rotor is not spinning then the timing belt is broke, in rare cases teh distributor shaft can break, but that's almost unheard of for the most part and we see lots of these belts break from lack of maintenance on them.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I read so much that when ford built the nissans they required non interference engines, the one i have was manufactured by ford. It there a chance its not interference engine, many conflicts online its a 99 3.3 liter same as used in the villager, so seens should be non interference, is there anyone there can verify this
Expert:  Jake replied 1 year ago.
I did verify with another technician that the quest engines that were a joint venture with ford were in fact non-interference. They are actually the ONLY engine of Nissan's that is non-interference.