What’s the difference between timing belts and chains?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Nissan Sentra on Friday, August 25th, 2017 at 7:14 pm
Does the 2017 Nissan Sentra have a timing belt

Does the 2017 Nissan Sentra have a timing belt?

There are people who love to dig deep into the mechanics of how a vehicle runs, and there are those who just want it to work and preferably never have to learn how. If you fall into the latter category, you likely have learned more than you’d ever wanted to due to repairs. Those who are deeply invested usually find themselves asking if models like the 2017 Nissan Sentra have a timing belt or chain because it can influence performance.

Why would you use a timing chain vs a belt?Replacement Of Camshaft Timing

Your timing belt, or timing chain, is what controls the camshafts in your engine. It’s sometimes referred to as a cambelt for this reason. Timing belts are made out of rubber and use interlocking teeth to sync the timing of the camshaft with that of the crankshaft. It’s a pretty important part, and one you don’t want to break.

A timing chain has the same function as a belt, but it is more durable and requires lubrication for smooth operation. The benefits of a belt are that they are quiet and efficient, but also have a lifespan in the range of 60,000 to 90,000 miles. A timing chain is meant to last the lifetime of your vehicle. For this last reason, Nissan uses a timing chain in the 2017 Nissan Sentra.

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Why might you want a belt-driven system? Typically, you’ll find timing chains where durability is set as a priority, while timing belts give more control over adjusting your cam timing. You’ll see this as more of a consideration with performance vehicles and it’s a priority among motorists who plan to tune their engines. A practice that is fun for enthusiasts, but could void your new car warranty.

Since many Nissan shoppers are practical people who are looking for long-term reliability, Nissan often uses timing chains because they don’t need frequent replacement. Do you have a preference for one over the other? Share your thoughts with a comment here at the Glendale Nissan Blog.

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