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#29 of 46 timing belt change question
Mar 22, 2004 (8:31 am)
hi everyone and thanks in advance...i have a 98 avalon with 74k mi...owner's manual recommends timing belt change at 90k or 60mos...is this engine an interference design where a broken timing belt would cause damage or would it simply stop running?
#30 of 46 Timing Belt?
Mar 24, 2004 (11:13 am)
What mileage have people safely pushed before changing the timing belt. I know the service manual for the current model year is about 85K-90K.
Mar 24, 2004 (5:15 pm)
After reading post 376 I checked my owner's manual. Except for a few driving conditions (not ones I normally encounter) there is no recommendation for my 96. I'll probably change it next year when I do a major maintenance (belts, brakes, tires, all fluids, hoses, plugs and wires, ...).
Mar 26, 2004 (9:58 am)
abfisch-I am not sure of a MAX range of the belt. I have seen a couple pass 100k. FYI: I haven't seen one break(on this engine)! My buddy had one come into his shop(ES300) that was "fraying" before it broke and the slapping of the frayed belt made a heck of a noise. One that would make any driver see their mechanic.
mikem30-If those imperfections are "polished" and smooth to the touch, it is NOT likely that it is "environmental". ie)working from the outside-in. Take it to a body shop, or two, for a better analysis of what's going on. -nomad56-
#33 of 46 How to tell if the timing chain has been replaced
Oct 18, 2005 (5:41 am)
I bought a 2000 Avalon. I took it to a Toyota dealer and asked for the timing chain to be replaced. When I picked it up, I looked at the engine and could not see any places where they removed any parts of the engine ( like smudge marks or places where wrenches were applied). So, I am wondering if they really replaced it. Is there any way to tell if they replaced it by looking at the exterior of the engine under the hood? thanks.
#34 of 46 Re: How to tell if the timing chain has been replaced [oilslick]
Oct 18, 2005 (11:57 am)
I am fairly sure, that the Avalon has a timing belt, not chain. Belt need to be changed, chains rarely. Besides the high price of performing this necessary maintenance, would be done I believe on the passenger front engine compartment. Asking them for the used belt(s) is always a good idea.
#35 of 46 Re: How to tell if the timing chain has been replaced [abfisch]
Oct 19, 2005 (4:38 am)
the Avalon has a timing belt. Typically a sticker (its normally packaged with the new belt in the bag) is placed near the belts on the outside with mileage so that one knows when it was last done.
#36 of 46 Re: How to tell if the timing chain has been replaced [deepan]
Oct 19, 2005 (8:46 am)
Not to argue, but I'm sure that I read somewhere on the Toyota info that the 05 Avalon has a timing CHAIN.
Maybe the earlier ones had a belt?
#37 of 46 Water Pump
Feb 03, 2006 (6:54 pm)
Do you recommend changing the water pump when you change the timing belt? I have 86,000 miles on my 98 Avalon and the Toyota dealership told me that it would be a good idea to change the water pump when the timing belt is changed. Are they just trying to make another sale? mhill3
#38 of 46 Re: Water Pump [mhill3]
Feb 03, 2006 (11:01 pm)
Not necessarily. I saved the following from another forum I'm on, and it's what I intend to go by. I recently changed the belt due to age (6.5 years), not mileage (60,000) and didn't get the pump. Next change, I will:
You should also do the water pump (with body) while you’re in there as it is fast and easy with the timing belt off. If the car only has 60K, you can skip the water pump, but anything over 100K, I'd replace it. Use a good pump (preferably OE). And when replacing the water pump, have them "toss in" a new OE thermostat too. Of course, they will charge you for the part itself, but no labor.
Hope this helps.