Have you ever wondered if your Nissan vehicle has a timing belt or timing chain? Actually, many people are not aware which one their vehicle has. For those who have dealt with having to replace a timing belt before, they know that the cost implications are rather large. Replacing a timing belt is a costly affair and car owners are required to cough up hundreds of dollars for the repair.

As cars evolve to suit the needs of the modern car owner, the typical engine is not as simple as it used to be. If you know your way around your car's engine, take note of the complexity of the timing chain and timing belt. Have you ever asked yourself how regular cars manage sports car like performance? The secret is in the use of variable timing and twin overhead camshafts. To be able to adjust a regular engine to perform beyond what the manufacturer estimated, you will need the services of a skilled technician for accuracy.

Does your car have a timing chain? Relax, because if you take care of your car properly, you will likely never need to replace it over the life of the vehicle. All you need to keep the chain in good condition proper maintenance. Timing chains are built in such as way that they will not fray and wear over time, like a belt will. If your Nissan does have a timing chain, maintain it properly and replacing the chain may never happen.

While the cost of replacing the timing belts is pretty high, the process involves much more than changing the belt. At Kenosha Nissan, we have replaced thousands of timing belts and sometimes it makes sense to replace other parts as part of the process. Water pumps, seals, drive belt, tensioner, and idler pulleys are some of the other items which will be checked. If these are showing heavy wear, it's a good idea to replace them when you replace the timing belt.

Replacing these at the same time can actually save you money. Because all of the location of those parts it's easier to replace them during the timing belt replacement.

A timing belt is an essential component without which your vehicle's engine would not run properly. While you likely won't be able to see your timing belt to assess when it needs to be replaced, it's a good idea to replace it every 70,000 to 90,000 miles. And, of course, it's important to know if your Nissan has a timing belt or a timing chain. If it has a timing chain, there's no need to replace it. And if you don't know, you can always contact our Nissan service department.

Ultimately your timing belt or timing chain is a critical component in the health of your vehicle. Replacing your timing belt at the right interval is extremely important. Not doing so can lead to major engine damage. The place to start, however, is simply knowing if your Nissan vehicle has a timing belt or a timing chain.