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Old 12-31-2018, 03:30 PM
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Hi! Iím new new new to the web site! I wanna start off by saying 1997 Nissan Maxima gle with sunroof is my favorite car of all time no way I would ever fall in love with another vehicle no matter the circumstances Iím going thru hell with this Maxima I have from oil leaks to knocking noises I would glad appreciate if some one could help me on this issue link is here....
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How many miles?
How long have you owned the car?
Does the noise primarily occur when the engine is cold?
It sounds like there may be multiple issues at play here.
Do you have a garage (place to work) and tools to take on a significant engine work project?

If you can stop by a part store and get a mechanic's stethoscope, you can probe around the engine to zero in on the noise source.

Check out the before and after videos when I had a timing chain tensioner problem. If it turns out that you have a tensioner problem, you are in luck, the 97-99 models easier to fix.

Before tensioner fix with a Cold Start

After tensioner fix with a Cold Start
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That the exact same thing my car is doing just a lil louder maybe what did you replace
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That the exact same thing my car is doing just a lil louder maybe what did you replace
Here's a thread with a write up on how to change the tensioner. You need a tensioner AND the gasket that was part of a later Technical Service Bulletin. Pictures with part numbers are in the thread.
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https://maxima.org/forums/4th-genera...ransplant.html

You DO NOT need to remove the timing cover to change the tensioner on a 97 model.
Be sure to turn the crankshaft backward a slight amount (e.g. just enough) to cause some chain slack to happen with the tensioner. It makes removing and reinstalling the tensioner much safer when there is enough chain slack to give you some wiggle room when removing the tensioner.

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Old 12-31-2018, 09:58 PM
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You've created 6 threads on the same subject and are cross posting all over the ORG, then proceeded to delete 3 of them. This is your 6th thread on the same subject, all in the same day. Please refrain from creating and deleting threads in the future, and cross posting everywhere.

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That the exact same thing my car is doing just a lil louder maybe what did you replace
Originally Posted by CS_AR View Post
Check out the before and after videos when I had a timing chain tensioner problem. If it turns out that you have a tensioner problem, you are in luck, the 97-99 models easier to fix.
Not sure how this could be any clearer Welcome to the Org, please read before you post...

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Old 01-02-2019, 10:08 AM
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^^^^^^^ Wizard, I have been waiting 7 hours now to download that virus in your signature. It must be in a loop or something!
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oil leak fixes

Replace the valve cover gaskets obviously. And don't forget about the oil pressure switch behind the oil pan.
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This is exactly like what my quest sounds like. This would be a timing chain tensioner related issue. I would check the a/c commpressor they can sound like this when they're really going bad. Let us know keep us posted.
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It would still be helpful to know the mileage and for you to get a mechanics stethoscope and probe aro9und the engine to determine if the noise is coming from behind the timing cover. If you are experiencing timing chain slap from a work out tensioner, the chain will be slapping against the upper center guide in the picture below.









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^^^^^^^ Wizard, I have been waiting 7 hours now to download that virus in your signature. It must be in a loop or something!
Just hang in there a little bit longer...you'll get it eventually
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