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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 05-17-2019, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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2005 Xterra Died... Timing Chain Maybe??

Family and I were driving down interstate about 70mph, went to change lanes and realized it was dead, no power. Pulled of the road and nothing, no start. Won't turn over at all.

Thought maybe alternator went out, so had a buddy jump it while still on side of road.

It ran ROUGH for 3-4 seconds and died.

Had it towed home, and it has sat ever since.

If you try to crank it, it just makes a fast clicking noise. Never engages/tries to turn over what so ever.

and if it IS the chain, then the motor cant be saved can it??
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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 05-17-2019, 09:05 PM
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Check for codes

Either way, they should tell you what is wrong
I would not immediately suspect timing chain issue without a lot of noise
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There's so many things it could possibly be besides the chains... Although that might be a possibility.

As someone else suggested, throw a code scanner on it.

I got five bucks on camshaft position sensor. ...and a bad battery/alternator. Hey, it'd be cheaper than a new engine. Good luck man!
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really hoping so. Although i just had camshaft and crank sensors in it 2 months ago. Standard OBD2 scanner work? I'll head to harbor freight later and pick one up I guess.
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really hoping so. Although i just had camshaft and crank sensors in it 2 months ago. Standard OBD2 scanner work? I'll head to harbor freight later and pick one up I guess.
A standard OBD scanner should be able to at least pull diagnostic codes, which is 99% of what you'll need. Also, which cam/crankshafts did you put in?

I know people get tired of hearing this, but I had the same issues with dying and not starting/running rough. I had JUST put new cam/shafts in from NAPA. Pulled codes. Sure enough, they were crap. These are one item I will NEVER use aftermarket for.

Hitachi makes the OEM ones, so you'd be find going Hitachi... Or OEM and that's it. Hopefully we can figure out your issue.
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Not sure of brand. A shop did all the work at the time.
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Not sure of brand. A shop did all the work at the time.
Cool. Well, update OP when you get some codes and hopefully some of the good guys on here can steer you in the right direction.
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Hello all, just bought a scanner and pulled the codes. Had 3 current codes.

P0420 and P0430 (02 or cats I guess)

P0011 "A" Camshaft Position - Timing Over-Advanced or System Performance (Bank 1)
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There's so many things it could possibly be besides the chains... Although that might be a possibility.

As someone else suggested, throw a code scanner on it.

I got five bucks on camshaft position sensor. ...and a bad battery/alternator. Hey, it'd be cheaper than a new engine. Good luck man!
BINGO!!!! CPS was surely what caused it to stop running, cats being shot is no bueno , but it wouldnt have completely stopped the engine, unless they really came apart and destroyed the internals, but op didnt mention any smoke so i doubt that.

I had a cat code p0430 and nothing catastrophic happened.
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Hello all, just bought a scanner and pulled the codes. Had 3 current codes.

P0420 and P0430 (02 or cats I guess)

P0011 "A" Camshaft Position - Timing Over-Advanced or System Performance (Bank 1)
Man I just realized your in JAX! thats where im from! which hwy did you break down on?

im curious how many miles the X has on it if you dont mind sharing.
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