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How to Replace timing chain on Nissan 350Z 3.5 2006

Nissan 350Z 3.5 2006 cambelt change instructions and replacement inteval. Full guide!

Special tools

  • Flywheel locking tool – No.KV10117700.

Special precautions

  • Disconnect battery earth lead.
  • Remove spark plugs to ease turning engine.
  • Turn engine in normal direction of rotation (unless otherwise stated).
  • Observe tightening torques.
  • If fitted: Mark position of crankshaft position (CKP) sensor before removal.
  • Do NOT turn crankshaft via camshaft or other sprockets.
  • Do NOT turn crankshaft or camshaft with timing chain removed.

Valve timing procedures

NOTE: Timing chains may NOT have coloured links. If so, apply paint to timing chain links aligned with sprocket timing marks BEFORE removal.

  • Removal/refitting requires:
    • Lower and upper sump removal. Engine at TDC on No.1 cylinder [1] .
  • Ensure camshaft lobes for No.1 cylinder angled upwards [2] . If not, turn crankshaft 360°.
  • Align coloured or painted links with crankshaft sprocket timing mark and timing marks on camshaft sprockets [3] & [4] .

NOTE: Timing chain may have one orange coloured link and two yellow coloured links.

  • VQ35DE engine: Remove tensioner [5] :
    • Push plate downwards [6] .
    • Push plunger into tensioner housing [7] .
    • Turn lever to locked position [6] .
    • Retain in position with suitable pin [8] .
  • VQ40DE engine: Remove tensioner [9] :
    • Release tensioner plunger retaining clip [10] .
    • Push plunger into tensioner housing [11] .
    • Insert suitable pin to lock tensioner plunger [12] .
  • Before removing camshaft coupling chains, insert locking pins into tensioner housings [13] . Ensure camshaft dowel pins at 12 o’clock position.
  • Ensure crankshaft keyway at 11 o’clock position.
  • During installation of camshaft coupling chains, align coloured or painted links with timing marks on rear of inlet and exhaust camshaft sprockets [14] & [15] .
  • Install tensioner [5] or [9] :
    • Remove locking pin [8] or [12] .
  • Lubricate crankshaft sprocket bolt and camshaft sprocket bolts during assembly. Tighten crankshaft pulley bolt [16] :
    • Murano/Pathfinder: 44 Nm +
    • 90°. 350Z: 39-49 Nm + 90°.
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