Nissan Pathfinder Timing Belt Or Chain? (1985 – 2017)

Does A Nissan Pathfinder Have A Timing Belt (Cambelt) Or A Chain?

Here is a list of timing belts and timing chains for a Nissan Pathfinder. Reference the model year with the corresponding engine to see if your car has a belt or a chain.


Nissan Pathfinder
Model YearEngineBelt / Chain
1985 - 1995 (WD21)2.4 L Z24i I4timing chain
2.4 L KA24E I4timing chain
3.0 L VG30i V6timing belt
3.0 L VG30E V6timing belt
2.7 L TD272 I4 Dieselgear driven
2.7 L TD27T2 I4 Turbodieselgear driven
2.7 L TD27T4 I4 Turbodieselgear driven
1995 - 2004 (R50)3.3 L VG33E V6timing belt
3.5 L VQ35DE V6timing chain
2.7 L TD27ETi I4 Turbodieselgear driven
3.0 L ZD30DDTi I4 Turbodieseltiming chain
3.2 L QD32ETi I4 Turbodieselgear driven
2005 - 2012 (R51)4.0 L VQ40DE V6timing chain
2.5 L YD25DDTi I4 Turbodiesel timing chain
5.6 L VK56DE V8timing chain
3.0 L V9X V6 turbodieseltiming chain
2013 - 2017 (R52)2.5 L QR25DER I4 (gasoline hybrid)timing chain
3.5 L VQ35DE V6timing chain
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Which models have a belt/chain?


1985 - 1995:

From 1985 to 1995, Pathfinder Cars with the z24i, ka24e have a timing chain while the VG30 engines feature a timing belt. The 2.7L TD272 engines are gear driven.

1995 - 2004:

From 1995 to 2004, Nissan Pathfinder cars with the VG33E engine are belt driven while the VQ35DE and ZD30DDti are chain driven. The TD27ETi and QD32ETi engines are gear driven.

2005 - 2017:

From 2005 to 2017, all pathfinders are chain driven.