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#1 of 12 Toyota Avalon Water Pump Question
Jun 15, 2009 (11:13 am)
Hello. I have a 2002 Toyota Avalon with 94000 miles. I just had the Timing Belt, Front Engine Seals, and Water Pump replaced (as preventive maintenance). The Toyota Service Tech told me that they change out your coolant when they replace the waterpump. However, I noticed today that the coolant container is only filled to low. I called the service tech at Toyota and inquired about this and was told that the container is simply an "overflow container and it is not necessary to fill this to the Full line." Is this correct or should I take the car back in and ask them to fill it to the full line. My bill shows that I was charged for a gallon of antifreeze. Please help. Thank you.
Jun 15, 2009 (12:35 pm)
My opinion would be that if Toyota didn't want the container full, they wouldn't have put a full line on it. I would tell the Service Tech to quit trying to save the dealer money on antifreeze.
If you still get an argument, ask him to look at the containers on new vehicles, they will be full!
#3 of 12 Re: Water Pump [popsavalon]
Jun 16, 2009 (6:11 am)
That is a very good point and I wish I would have thought to say that when I talked to the service tech. Thanks for the advice. Greatly appreciated.
#4 of 12 Timing belt & water pump
Jun 17, 2009 (4:31 pm)
Today, as a precautionary step I replaced the timing belt, drive belts and water pump in my 2000 Avalon XLS at 69,000 miles. It cost $855.46, including an exhorbitant labor charge of $606.95.
I asked the service tech about the coolant level and he said it must be filled to lower limit when the engine is cold. If not, when the engine is hot and the coolant expands it would spill over and create an unpleasant mess. His explanation makes sense and sounds reasonable so I'm inclined to believe him.
By why does it cost so much to replace a timing belt and water pump? My daughter had the same things done to her 2002 Civic in Atlanta and it only cost $550.
#5 of 12 Re: Timing belt & water pump [bwia]
Jun 23, 2009 (6:12 am)
Hello and thanks for all the information. I tested the theory by checking the level of my coolant in the morning when the car was cold and then again after driving the car for about an hour. Looks like your service tech is correct because the coolant container filled from low to about half way when hot. As for the cost, I paid 766.00 to have the timing belt, drive belts, water pump, and front engine seals replaced at the Toyota dealership (have an 02 Avalon). They told me that the labor is high because of the location of the water pump and belt. They said they have to remove a lot of things just to get to it. Good luck and thanks again for the info. It was very helpful.
#6 of 12 timing belt, Avalon
Sep 17, 2009 (2:51 pm)
I have a 03 Avalon w 92,000 mi. The dealer sys it needs a timing belt, cost $485.00.. Does this seem common and is the price seem reasonable.
As I look through some of the other coments I notice the water pump is mentioned on some of the responses. Should I do a water pump at the same time?
The dealer did not mention a water pump.
#7 of 12 Re: timing belt, Avalon [jamj1234]
Sep 18, 2009 (7:12 am)
I have an 02 Avalon. In May, I took it in to the Toyota dealer to have the timing belt changed because it had 93000 miles on it. They quoted me about 430.00 to do just the timing belt. But, they told me it was a good idea to have the water pump and front engine seals replaced at the same time because these are also very costly and would be a lot less if done at the same time as the timing belt. They said that it cuts down your labor cost because it is difficult to reach these items in the engine. I guess they have to remove a lot of things just to get to them. I'm not a car expert so I called a few other places just to make sure they weren't feeding me a line to get me to spend more money. Long story short. I had the timing belt, drive belts, water pump and front engine seals done for 766.00. Hope this helps. Good luck with your timing belt.
#8 of 12 Re: timing belt, Avalon [bigroz8000]
Sep 18, 2009 (1:38 pm)
I'm going to take your advice and have it all done.
Some years ago I had a timing belt done at the Mitsubishi dealer in my area on my son Mits 3000GT. 6 mo. later the water pump froze up and we blew the engine.I was told by everyone I spoke to after you don't do a belt without doing the water pump on a Mits. I don't want to go through that again.
#9 of 12 Re: timing belt, Avalon [jamj1234]
Sep 24, 2009 (2:56 pm)
what is the recommended interval for a timing chain replacement on the gen 2 avalon?
#10 of 12 07 rav4 needs water pump
Jan 08, 2010 (3:42 pm)
I just got off the phone with my mechanic my 07 rav4 with 55,000 miles needs a water pump and the labor will be expensive (1400) should the pump go this early