Toyota Timing belt replacement
I just past 70,000 miles and someone told me that I should have the timing belt replaced on my Toyota Corolla DX. I checked with a few repair shops and they say that I should be able to get at least 110,000 miles without having to replace the belt. My manual says it should be replaced after 60,000 mile. Is this a scam or what??? anyone have any suggestions for me
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Doesn't sound like a gamble worth taking, does it? Not to me.
That said, it should cost more like $200 to have a Corolla timing belt changed - or perhaps less.
A lot of Toyota engines are switching over to chains (ie Camry/Highlander 4cyl), reducing maintenance costs for the engines lifetime. It's about time Toyota.
Still, the trend appears to be toward less maintenance required, which means that the trend toward chains (at least at Toyota) will likely continue. All the new Corolla engines use chains, and I suspect the new higher-output Camry 4-cylinder will as well (the V6 engines use belts).
So, just replace it every 90,000 or 105,000 miles and you'll never have to worry about it.
And, yes, timing gears and chains wear too along with tension pullys.
Hard for me to believe that anybody would make a car buying decision based on a timing belt.
Yes, things have improved since then - but older Hondas are known for being hard on timing belts.
All else equal, a chain is a better idea than a belt on an interference engine. It wouldn't stop me from buying a Honda necessarily, though (although they'd have an easier time convincing me to buy one if they'd upgrade their sheet metal, which is still among the flimsiest on the road). Close friend has a CRV - bulletproof reliability, great traction - underneath a body that's built like a tin can.
When my wife wanted a new car, she was looking for something nice looking and fun to drive, so she didn't put as much emphasis on reliability, maintenance, etc. She bought what she liked the best, regardless of the other issues. That probably works for alot of people, but when you drive alot you have to lean toward needs more than wants.
Maybe I analyze a new car purchase too deeply, but I regularly run 200K miles on a car and have yet to spend much money on repairs.
Still, now I have to wonder how many other buyers went to Toyota instead of Honda because of this.
A guy I used to work with lost a belt on a mid-nineties Accord at around 120K miles. The belt was to have been changed when he bought it at 90K miles, but he figures the dealer didn't actually do it. They swore they weren't responsible, but I think they helped him with the repair cost anyway. I've never lost one on a camry, but usually change them between 90-100K.
While replacing I find it is so strecthed an out of spec it's a wonder they hadn't skip a tooth on the cam sproket moreover it hadn't snapped.
I drive enough that I'm sure I'd hit the mileage threshold before the time threshold on a belt or chain. But then I got to thinking...my Granddad has a '94 Taurus 3.0, that only has about 30,000 miles on it. He will have had the car 8 years come December. Would that thing be due for a belt change soon? Or does the 3.0 still use a chain?
I once had a timing gear/chain fail on a Pontiac, and it bent several valves.