Ramon Delgado - Melbourne ASKED THE GUIDE

Maxima timing belt change

MY 1999 Nissan Maxima has clocked up 118,000km. I took it to my mechanic to have the timing belt changed, but was surprised to learn it used a chain. I thought that all newer engines used belts.

MOST modern engines use belts, but not all of them. Timing belts are used because they are cheaper than chains and also quieter. Nissan has used chains on passenger car engines since the 1980s and commercial engines since 2000.