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Toyota Camry, Engine, Sedan
#12 of 21 question for antiosama
Aug 21, 2003 (11:01 am)
do you have original water pump and spark plugs too? do you eye inspect your timing belt at 120k? thanks
Aug 21, 2003 (3:01 pm)
I still have the original water pump, and the plugs are about to get changed for the 2nd time(1st time at 60K).
My mechanic recently looked at the timing belt recently(at about 115K) and said it was still fine.
Aug 22, 2003 (7:57 am)
dealer suggest change timing belt at interval of 60k miles, and when i had my timing belt change on my 93 camry at that time was 191k miles, i was cheap on repair and only changed the timing belt, and didn't change the other 2 belts because they still look new and mechanic told me no need to change also, after driving for next 5000 miles, the uppper belt that drive the alternator splitted, and part of the belt also stuck inside the pulley, the car still drivable, but making those horror noise sounded like going to explode, and i didn't know if there will be further damage to the belt if i keep driving, and cost me $85 to haul it to mechanic, and another $50 to put 2 new belts on that i should've got done when changing timing belt at much lower cost, not to mention that my car has no sense of time, and belt broke in the middle of the nite. luckily no other damge except just the belt, and this taughht me a lesson that can't be cheap on schedule maintenance repair, and can't judge the belt by the look.
Aug 22, 2003 (12:47 pm)
you should put new serpentine belt or v-belts asap. on my car, the alternator belt also drives the water pump. if the belt is not tensioned correctly, the alternator and water pump will become inoperable. good chance, your car will start to overheat if water pump is not working. Your car won't be able to start from the alternator belt being bad. good luck
Aug 22, 2003 (12:52 pm)
you can't tell if the belt is good just by looking at it. You can see cracks yes but the belt could be overstretched. 120k, you got your money's worth. I would change out asap.
Aug 24, 2003 (4:36 pm)
change the water pump too - for the $100 cost of a pump, there is no point in repaying the labor cost for this job in 20K when it finally gives. Not a bad idea to change camshaft seals too, depending on how much $$ they want for that.
#18 of 21 I agree with nippononly, it's like broadcasting maintenance
Aug 24, 2003 (7:49 pm)
if the tape deck or console is offline due to, say, a bad capacitor, you shotgun 'em all while you have that module pulled out of the machine... replace every freaking one of those parts... because they all have the same lifetime rating, and you're already taking losses of $100-4000 per 20 second commercial lost this station break, depending on how big your SMSA, or broadcast reach, is.
of 20, 45, however many are on that board.
with the labor and downtime to get into that compartment, it's stupid to not replace the seals and pump, that only adds maybe 10% to the cost of the job. you pay it all again in a few months when the water pump fails if you don't change it now.
Sep 04, 2003 (9:45 am)
Just had the belt on my '92 Camry (185+k miles)looked at last week. A seal was leaking and oil was dripping on the belt. Oil+belts do not mix! Had the belt and seal both replaced
#20 of 21 belts go pretty fast when they're oiled up
Sep 04, 2003 (9:30 pm)
cars that don't have an inspection plug on the timing belt cover ought to.
#21 of 21 Timing belt
Sep 05, 2003 (5:42 am)
Changed my 97 Camry at 75,000miles. Mechanic said seal was leaking oil on it and lucky it didn't break. Is there a problem with seals leaking? I read several letters here with same problem... anyone else? So lesson here is, maybe not the milage, but see if there is oil leak. I also had a gasket leak and half fill one spark plug access shaft with oil.