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how do you set the timing on nissan quest

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how do you set the timing on nissan quest
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Nissan
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  • Do not bend or twist timing belt.

  • After removing timing belt, do not turn crankshaft and camshaft separately because valves will strike piston heads.

  • Make sure that timing belt, camshaft sprocket, crankshaft sprocket and belt tensioner are clean and free from oil and water.

  • Installation should be carried out when engine is cold.


  1. Jack up the vehicle front and support with safety stand.

  2. Remove engine under cover.

  3. Remove front RH wheel and engine side cover.

  4. Drain engine coolant from radiator.

  5. Remove the following belts.

    • Compressor drive belt

    • Generator drive belt

    • Power steering pump drive belt

Timing Marks

  1. Set No. 1 piston at TDC of its compression stroke.


  1. Loosen crankshaft pulley bolt.


  1. Remove crankshaft pulley using a suitable puller.


  1. Remove radiator upper hose and water inlet hose.

  2. Remove compressor drive belt idler bracket.

  3. Remove water pump pulley.

  4. Remove breather pipe from timing belt front upper cover.

  5. Remove timing belt front covers.


  • Align punchmark on LH camshaft sprocket with punchmark on timing belt rear cover.

  • Align punchmark on crankshaft sprocket with alignment mark on oil pump housing.

  • Temporarily install crankshaft pulley bolt on crankshaft so the crankshaft can be rotated.


  1. Loosen timing belt tensioner nut, rotate tensioner, then remove timing belt.



Visually check the condition of timing belt. Replace if any abnormality is found.



  1. Check belt tensioner for smooth turning.

  2. Check condition of tensioner spring.



  1. Confirm that No. 1 piston is set at TDC on its compression stroke.


  1. Install tensioner and tensioner spring. Once stud is removed, apply locking sealant to threads of stud on cylinder block side before installing.


  1. Turn tensioner fully outward with hexagon wrench, and temporarily tighten lock nut.


  1. Set timing belt when engine is cold.

1)Align white lines on timing belt with punchmarks on camshaft sprockets and crankshaft sprocket.
2)Point arrow on timing belt toward front belt cover.

Number of teeth (reference)


Bolt Placement