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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#4321 of 5330 Re: Difficulty of timing belt change? 2004 Highlander V6 [2004hl]
Jun 24, 2008 (5:45 am)
First off, I'm not an expert or a mechanic. I'm fairly mechanically inclined, but don't have many of the "car guy" tools or know-how. IMHO I'd NEVER attempt to do the timing belt thing. I once watched a small part of the process being done by a Toyota dealer mechanic and marveled at how having the right tools, training and the experience made such a difference. Plus there's other parts (rollers or guides) that need to be replaced in the process.
If you get the satisfaction of standing back and proudly smiling after successfully completing a difficult job like that, go for it. If you want to absolutely avoid the searing aggravation of finding the anti-freeze leak at the mall parking lot, having it towed to the dealership/mechanic, and paying for all over again...hhmmm.
#4322 of 5330 Re: Difficulty of timing belt change? 2004 Highlander V6 [webgood]
Jun 24, 2008 (6:36 am)
As I said I have done them before and was just looking for someone who has experience with this specific model - wasn't really looking for the don't do it you'll ruin the engine and cause plagues of locusts to appear response.
Jun 24, 2008 (6:37 am)
I had mine done at dealer w waterpump 535.00 plus tax plus free rental car for day.
Warranty on parts and labor vs doing it your self GOOD LUCK
#4324 of 5330 Re: Difficulty of timing belt change? 2004 Highlander V6 [2004hl]
Jun 24, 2008 (2:34 pm)
Didn't intend to impugn your mechanical abilities. I have an acquaintance who is top mechanical engineer for a large manufacturing company and does complete frame-off restorations and engine rebuilds of classic muscle cars. He won't touch his wife's Acura. Like me, he just doesn't want the phone call, "Honey, I'm on the freeway and it's leaking something."
#4325 of 5330 Re: tilted 2008 SR5 [winston_smith]
Jun 24, 2008 (2:41 pm)
Yes, it is. There is no fix for this. Just ignore it. Once the driver sits in the car alone, it levels out anyway.
#4326 of 5330 Re: Difficulty of timing belt change? 2004 Highlander V6 [2004hl]
Jun 24, 2008 (3:37 pm)
At what mileage does everyone recommend changing the timing belt? I have a 2002 with 80K.
#4327 of 5330 Re: Difficulty of timing belt change? 2004 Highlander V6 [dchouston1]
Jun 25, 2008 (4:52 am)
OM says 90K.
Jun 25, 2008 (6:15 am)
90k but can go to about 97k highly recommend water pump too and all other belts will sound as good as new
#4329 of 5330 Re: Difficulty of timing belt change? 2004 Highlander V6 [dchouston1]
Jun 25, 2008 (9:00 am)
Absent having accured in excess of 150,000 I will not consider replacing the timing belt in my '01 AWD RX300. The timing belt that was removed from my '92 LS at 153,000 miles looked as if it was ready for the NEXT 150,000 miles.
And the issue of replacing the water pump is nothing more than an "old wives tale". Long ago water pumps often failed due to failure of the internal seal protecting the "nose" bearing, the ONLY bearing, from failure due to coolant getting into it. To help prevent that all water pumps have a "weep" hole/opening so the small amounts of coolant getting past the seal can simply drain away onto the street. Basically the improvement in those seals over the years has resulted in such a low water pump failure rate that replacing them as a preventative maintainance measure is a waste.
#4330 of 5330 Re: Difficulty of timing belt change? 2004 Highlander V6 [wwest]
Jun 25, 2008 (10:24 am)
My 2 cents. I have changes timing belts in a variety of cars, nothing too difficult. Bought the Haynes manual for my 07, and nothing jumps out as glaringly difficult. I have a little benefit with the Hybrid in that I have no belts, P/S, etc to remove from the front of the engine.