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Nissan Xterra Engine Valves Adjustment

A valve adjustment is an extremely important car service, but it’s pretty straightforward. The cost will vary depending on the type of car.

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Nissan Xterra Engine Valves Adjustment

RepairSmith offers upfront and competitive pricing. The average cost for Nissan Xterra Engine Valves Adjustment is $246. Drop it off at our shop and pick it up a few hours later, or save time and have our Delivery mechanics come to you.

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Location
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Price
2012 Nissan Xterra
4.0L V6 PRO-4X • 35,000 miles
Roseville CA 95678
Nov 17, 2020
$230 - $282
2013 Nissan Xterra
4.0L V6 S • 70,000 miles
San Bernardino CA 92411
Oct 18, 2020
$204 - $250
2010 Nissan Xterra
4.0L V6 S • 153,000 miles
El Sobrante CA 94803
Oct 7, 2020
$245 - $299
2008 Nissan Xterra
4.0L V6 S • 68,000 miles
Buena Park CA 90620
Oct 5, 2020
$238 - $290
2006 Nissan Xterra
4.0L V6 S • 198,000 miles
Riverside CA 92517
Sep 28, 2020
$202 - $246
2004 Nissan Xterra
2.4L L4 XE • 72,000 miles
Las Vegas NV 89128
Sep 27, 2020
$222 - $272
2003 Nissan Xterra
3.3L V6 Supercharged SE • 111,000 miles
Rosemead CA 91770
Sep 21, 2020
$212 - $260
2010 Nissan Xterra
4.0L V6 SE • 46,000 miles
Campbell CA 95008
Sep 15, 2020
$207 - $253
2006 Nissan Xterra
4.0L V6 • 186,000 miles
Anaheim CA 92805
Jun 21, 2020
$225 - $275
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Dec 15, 2020 8:45 PM
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What is a Valve Adjustment?

Let’s take this one word at a time. The valve that’s being adjusted is an engine valve. Engine valves are extremely critical parts of your car. The purpose of the engine valves is simple. Every cylinder in the car’s engine has valves that sit on top of the cylinder. There are intake and exhaust valves. The intake valves let air and fuel (or just air in some cases) into the engine and the exhaust valves let spent gases out. The camshaft, rocker arms, and valve lifters are responsible for opening the valves, and a spring closes them. Pushrods are also added to the mix on some cars. But, as is the case with so many things, good things can come to an end. Over time, the space between the valve and the camshaft can change. And when that happens, the timing of the valve system will get all messed up. The valves won’t open and close at the right time, leading to an air and fuel mixture that isn’t quite right, and suddenly the engine isn’t too happy. So, that brings us to the second half of “valve adjustment”: the adjustment. When the aforementioned issue takes place, it’s time for a valve adjustment. A valve adjustment isn’t actually an adjustment of the valve, but rather of the space between the valve and camshaft, so that the system will function properly. Many cars have self-adjusting valves. So, if your car is one of those lucky ones, you’re set.

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Symptoms of Valves that need adjusting

Scheduled maintenance

Many cars have valve adjustments built into scheduled maintenance, for a fairly simple reason. Adjust the valves before they’re terribly out of line, and you’ll never have to deal with valve issues. So, pay attention to the scheduled maintenance. The manufacturer is trying to help you save some money and hassle.

Tapping noise

A tapping or ticking noise under your hood means two things: First, your car may need of a valve adjustment, and second, you probably didn’t pay attention to the scheduled maintenance. When the valves aren’t properly adjusted, there will be a weird tapping-like noise due to the inaccurate spacing.

Engine performance problems

A valve adjustment that’s either too loose or too tight can lead to engine performance problems such as rough running and lack of power. Either scenario can cause damage to the engine as well.

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How urgent is a Valve Adjustment?

A car that is in need of a valve adjustment is perfectly safe to drive. You’re fine to get in and go. Over time, however, you’ll cause damage to your engine, and I don’t need to tell you why that’s bad, so it’s best to just stay on top of getting your valves adjusted.

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