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2002 Nissan Xterra SE 4dr 2WD V6 Manual

2002 Nissan Xterra
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Rear Wheel Drive, 4 Door, 2WD Sport Utility
16 mpg city / 19 mpg hwy
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February 13, 2013, 12:37 pm

Ron P

Question: Timing belt replacement

How much does it cost to replace the timing belt?
I couldn't find it in your cost calculator.

February 16, 2013, 3:19 pm

Ron W
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I need to know your engine size to look up labor rates. Thanks.

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February 16, 2013, 3:26 pm

Ron P

Ron W - My engine is a 3.3L 201FI 6 Cyl - Thanks

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February 20, 2013, 3:39 pm

Ron W
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Labor time is about 3 hours. And you should probably have the water pump (even if it isn't leaking) replaced at the same time since it is driven by the belt.

It's best to get a quote from a local shop as sometimes other parts should be changed at the same lime (like the water pump, crank seals, etc) to reduce having to pay the labor twice if something fails in the near future.

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February 23, 2013, 11:22 am

Ron P

One more question - I've heard various comments but would like to know from you (Ron W) if the belt should be replaced at a certain time? I currently have 120,000 miles on my Nissan Xterra with the 3.3L Turbo and so far it runs great.
Thanks, Ron P.i

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February 23, 2013, 1:34 pm

Ron W
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As a general rule, most manufacturers recommend a timing belt replacement somewhere between 60K and 100K miles, but you should really look up the info specific to your vehicle.

You can find that information in your owner's manual in the service schedule and in our servicing your car section of this website.The dealer would know as well.

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