March 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm #1567
I have a 1999 Nissan Quest. I was getting off the Business 40 here in Winston-Salem when it just stopped. The engine died and I could not restart it. It will crank but will not fire.
Thoughts around the house here is that it is the timing belt. We’ve heard this is an issue with Nissan’s.March 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm #5550
Firstly, STOP TRYING TO START THAT ENGINE…… You’re going to screw-up something inside; like bend a valve in the exhaust position.
There’s an inspection port on the timing cover…… open/pop it off, and look to see if the belt is broken or missing from the gear. Get a shop book like Chilton’s or Haynes for $25. or less at the Auto Parts store.
Get a spark wire tester too. Keep it simple first.
If the belt isn’t broken, try the spark tester and see if there is fire in any of the spark plug wires when you turn the engine over. If no fire that may indicate a computer problem, or a detached wire. You are limited by lack of tools and DIY experience.
Research first, read, before you GUESS …. it’s less expensive.
Timing belts do jump position. IT’S WORK TO PUT ON A NEW ONE …… All points/positions of timing gear marks and valve cam marks is/are critical in reinstalling a new one.
This is a big challenge for a DIY’ers, unless you have already done one on some vehicle.
Requires tools and wisdom. You’ll do it twice/over again if your wrong.March 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm #5551
Sorry, I forgot to mention the coil pack, if there is no spark.
KEEP IT SIMPLE ….
===================March 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm #5552
Thanks. Tools aren’t the issue, but DIY knowledge is. I have access to my father-in-laws tools. He started life as an aircraft mechanic and works on cars too. Tools I have. Knowing what I’m doing? Another story.March 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm #5553
Thanks. Tools aren’t the issue, but DIY knowledge is. I have access to my father-in-laws tools. He started life as an aircraft mechanic and works on cars too. Tools I have. Knowing what I’m doing? Another story.July 22, 2012 at 7:58 am #5831
Ended up being the timing belt. $500.00 right there.July 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm #5842
Thank you for posting the solution to your problem. Nissan’s recommendation to avoid this problem is to replace the timing belt every 105K miles.August 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm #5880
Never made it to 105k. Only have 75k on it.December 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm #6187
u lucked out that this is a non-interference engine…
it’s 105K or ~ every 7 years, depending on which comes first
looks like you got the most out of that belt before it dry-rotted from the various heat cycling in different weather conditionsApril 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm #6690
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