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#129 of 260 Re: 1997 toyota camry timing belt [Mr_Shiftright]
Aug 29, 2008 (2:02 pm)
Wow tore right into it, starter removed, and then installed again.
Seems you could do the next step and remove plugs like the last post suggest.The symptoms like starter does not spin sounds like your on the right track Again a broken belt will let it turn over easily unless its so twisted around something at the crankshaft.You should be able to turn it backwards too, easily without cheater bar if you follow the above advice
. The plastic cover on top of the engine covering the camshaft pulley you could pryed it back to see if belt is still on the cam. Remove three of the five or six 10mm cover bolts and pry it back.
#130 of 260 camry with locked engine
Aug 29, 2008 (11:01 pm)
thanks everybody so much for all the points, i will investigate every single one tomorrow and post what i found out so far, i want to point out that i did take one of the belts off(the airconditioned one ) but there is a smaller one behind it so ill take that one out tomorrow as well, i also wanted to add that my sister boyfriend was with me and i had him get under with a socket and a ratchet and thats when we tried to move the crank, actually he even got his foot on the ratchet for leverage but no dice, didnt move an inch, hes not too bright at times so maybe he was hitting something with the ratchet, so tomorrow ill get under it, the spark plug removal is also a good idea(thank you) i forgot about that and i thought of it later, this was all last saturday so tomorrow i will work on it in earnest,i did do also what the gentleman said about removing part of the timing belt cover and i did see it and push it lightly to see if it had a lot of slack but the test was inconclusive cause it was hard to see, again i will take more of it off and check, again thanks everybody!!!!
#131 of 260 Re: camry with locked engine [dntlss]
Sep 01, 2008 (11:23 am)
If the timing belt is visible on the top it is good. If its missing it broke.
Sound like its still connected. You are the grand prize winner of whats behind door number three.
#132 of 260 Re: camry with locked engine [rearwheeldrive]
Sep 01, 2008 (12:26 pm)
lol, thank you for your mesagge, i assume door number three is the oil pan? i did take the valve cover off, thats a very interesting way they attached that cover with those big nuts, well now with all the research i have done i believe what happened was the oil pump failed and the engine seized, strange is she didnt mention any noise or nothing of that nature and the oil looks fine but we put a socket on the crankshaft and a cheater pipe,no movement what soever,ive never seen anything like it, i work on mustangs and things like that ,so looks like a new car is in the horizon for her,again thanks for your reply
#133 of 260 Re: belts [caaz]
Sep 03, 2008 (10:30 am)
Thanks for the information. I went to have my oil changed last week and I was told that my 2002 v6 cam. needed a new timing belt because it "looked" as though the cover has never been removed therefore they assumed that I needed a new timing belt. However I seem to remember being told that the timing belt had just been replaced when I bought the car(78k). Is there a way that I can check the timing belt.
Also i was told that I had an engine valve gasket that was leaking and needed to be fixed. The car now has 120k miles on it. Has anyone had this issue before.
Is anyone aware any mechanics (non-dealer) in the DC metro area that can do this at a reasonable price....
Let me know...Thanks
#134 of 260 Re: camry with locked engine [dntlss]
Sep 03, 2008 (3:01 pm)
I couldn't be the one to break the news what was behind behind door number three, now you know.
These engines are in abundants at junkyards, well maybe wait a few more years. I see alot of 93's and earlier models. The model year 2000s Kia's and Hyunda's are starting to show up.
#135 of 260 Re: camry with locked engine [rearwheeldrive]
Sep 03, 2008 (3:50 pm)
hey there, well i worked on the car this weekend and yeah its toast,ill sumarize it in a simple story, a proto ratched,a 19 mm socket and a cheater pipe against a toyota camry driveshaft pulley, camry 1 proto ratchet o, im hoping proto has a warranty like craftsman cause the ratchet has gone to heaven,thank you for your help and input, have a good one
Sep 03, 2008 (8:23 pm)
Darn thats too bad about the engine and rachet.
This was my second experience with a locked engine in last six months and these were the first in my long career.
Well see it in the junkyard.
#137 of 260 Re: belts [sanctify4]
Sep 04, 2008 (6:31 am)
I guess you really have no evidence other than the seller's word that the timing belt was changed at 78K miles. No receipts right? There's no way to tell by looking whether a belt was changed recently or not -- usually when it's time to replace them, the old belt LOOKS fine.
So if I were you, I'd bite the bullet and have the belt changed in the near future. A leaking valve cover gasket is not that big a deal, unless a lot of oil is being lost. It can wait for a while.
As for good independent mechanics, it's been too long since I lived in the DC area, so I'd suggest asking friends, relatives, and co-workers for recommendations. Also, does that magazine called "Checkbook" still exist there? It was sort of like Consumer Reports for the DC area and rated service providers like auto mechanics, home remodelers, etc.
#138 of 260 Re: camry with locked engine [dntlss]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 04, 2008 (7:04 am)
Oh well, did we fail to tell you that you NEVER use a cheater bar with a ratchet, only a breaker bar + socket? Sorry.