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How to install the timing belt to a 2001 nissan frontier 3.3L v6 after the heads have been removed and replaced.

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To install:


CAUTION Before installing the timing belt, confirm that the No. 1 cylinder is set at the TDC of the compression stroke.

  1. Remove both cylinder head covers and loosen all rocker arm shaft retaining bolts.



NOTE The rocker arm shaft bolts MUST be loosened so that the correct belt tension can be obtained.

  1. Install the tensioner and the return spring. Using a hexagon wrench, turn the tensioner clockwise and temporarily tighten the locknut.
  2. Be sure that the timing belt is clean and free from oil or water.
  3. When installing the timing belt, align the white lines on the belt with the punchmarks on the camshaft and crankshaft sprockets. Have the arrow on the timing belt pointing toward the front belt covers.



NOTE A good way (although rather tedious!) to check for proper timing belt installation is to count the number of belt teeth between the timing marks. There are 133 teeth on the belt; there should be 40 teeth between the timing marks on the left and right side camshaft sprockets, and 43 teeth between the timing marks on the left side camshaft sprocket and the crankshaft sprocket.

  1. While keeping the tensioner steady, loosen the locknut with a hex wrench.
  2. Turn the tensioner approximately 70-80 degrees clockwise with the wrench, then tighten the locknut.



WARNING If any binding is felt when adjusting the timing belt tension by turning the crankshaft, STOP turning the engine, because the pistons may be hitting the valves.

  1. Turn the crankshaft in a clockwise direction several times, thenslowly
  2. Apply 22 lbs. (10 kg) of pressure (push it in!) to the center span of the timing belt between the right side camshaft sprocket and the tensioner pulley, then loosen the tensioner locknut.
  3. Using a 0.0138 in. (0.35mm) thick feeler gauge (the actual width of the blademust12slowly!12
  4. Slowly rotate the crankshaft clockwise several more times, then set the No. 1 piston to TDC of the compression stroke.
  5. Position the 2 timing covers on the block, then tighten the mounting bolts to 24 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
  6. Press the crankshaft pulley onto the shaft, then tighten the bolt to 90-98 ft. lbs. (123-132 Nm).
  7. Connect the radiator hose to the thermostat housing.
  8. Reconnect the fresh air intake tube at the cylinder head cover.
  9. Install the air conditioning compressor drive belt idler pulley and bracket.
  10. Install the distributor protector (dust shield).
  11. Install the spark plugs.
  12. Install the power steering, air conditioning compressor and alternator drive belts.
  13. Install the radiator.
  14. Reconnect the water pump hose and fill the engine with coolant. Install the fan shroud and pulleys.
  15. Install the engine undercover.
  16. Start the engine and check for any leaks.

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