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Toyota Camry Timing Belt/Chain Questions



  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    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.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,420
    Oh well, did we fail to tell you that you NEVER use a cheater bar with a ratchet, only a breaker bar + socket? Sorry. :cry:


  • rqurqu Posts: 1
    I have a 2006 Camry 4cyl Auto, 64K milage, does it need to change timing belt? the dealer told me this car doesn't need change coz it is Timing chain, is that true?
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    True, it has a timing chain. Maybe just replace the serpentine belt (probably $100).
  • Hello,

    I need to do 90k service for my camry, most of the dealers are suggesting that I should change the timing belt and water pump along with the service. The price they are quoting are in the range of 1000k - 1300k. Please advise asap

    Can I do the timing belt , 90k service at mechanic or dealer which one is better. Please note i dont know any mechanic.

    Also if you know any good dealer/mechanic who does this for reasoable rates , please let me know. I am located in bellevue, wa.
  • Timing belt change on 98 Camry, if you do it yourself, I can help . What basic tools, knowledge do you have, and engine?
  • I dont have any knowledge about automobiles and no tool at all. I am prepared to go to a dealer/mechanic , only concern is are they reasoble ? or charging extra for t things which i dont need to change.

    thanks in advance
  • I have my 99 4-cylinder in the shop; they say it is an interference engine that seems to have some bent valves, in doing some research I think its a non interference engine. Anyway, I believe the timing belt broke: my daughter drove the car to school in the morning with no problem, when she tried to start it after school it turned over (faster than normal and with a higher pitch) I tried about 3 times to start it, with out success. Talked to a friend and he said it sounds like a timing belt, had car towed to shop and told them the same story. Could me trying to start the engine cause the valves to bend? They showed me that the crank shaft pulley would only rotate 3/4 of the way around and not all the way around (that what they say tells them there is probably a valve bent). Does all this sound right?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,420
    No it doesn't sound right. Get the car out of there and take it to someplace that knows what they are doing.

    You probably did break the belt, that part sounds right, but it's not an interference engine and with a broken timing belt the valves are not going to move when they spin the engine anyway.

    Timing Belt Chart


  • Should the water pump be changed when you change the timing belt? Is there any other labor that needs to be done, other than change the pump?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,420
    changing the water pump would depend on the car's mileage I think but I'd probably do it if you plan to keep the car for a long time.


  • Should the water pump be changed when you change the timing belt? Is there any other labor that needs to be done, other than change the pump?
  • Should the cam shaft pulley rotate all the way around?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,420
    I would think so. Is the belt broken or isn't it? Does anyone know?


  • They said it was broke and I saw a belt on the ground that was broken but I did not inspect it.
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