Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Cary, NC, USA
Drives: Rio-05, Sentra-08, Windstar-00, Lumina-95
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You have given my some very good advice. Thanks for that. I live in Cary NC and I have updated my profile now.
After reading the horror stories on the timing belt, I wanted to do the replacement as soon as possible since I have 52K miles.
This morning, I took off the four nuts that hold the cover over the engine block exposing the spark plug caps. Then I could see the four nuts holding the upper cover of the time belt. With a 10mm wrench I was able to free up the cover and pull it out by about 3 inches. I could not pull it up completely and I did not force it. I could see the top portion of the belt. It looked tight and no sign of any cracks. In fact if some one had told me that it was just replaced, I would not have argued. What I am trying to say is that it looked in very good condition. Now I will wait until a suitable time to replace it even it means getting to 60K or just over. That buys me about 18 more mths.. I fee much relieved.
About my previous problem on P0442/P0552 problem. The CEL light was coming on every about 80 miles. I pulled out the rubber gasket on the same gas cap and just reversed it. It's been 2300 miles and no code....Thanks again.