Timing belt question on Low mile 2000 LE V6 Camry

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Old 12 Nov 2008, 06:23 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Timing belt question on Low mile 2000 LE V6 Camry

I have a 2000 V6 Camry and have only 54K miles on it. The car is
pretty much driven only on the weekend. My quesiton is the timing
belt. I have not changed it yet. Do i need to go with the miles or
the years with this maintenance. Planning on taking a road trip this
holiday and need some advice
Thanks
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Old 12 Nov 2008, 07:04 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Nov 12, 6:23*pm, david <athai...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> I have a 2000 V6 Camry and have only 54K miles on it. *The car is
> pretty much driven only on the weekend. *My quesiton is the timing
> belt. *I have not changed it yet. *Do i need to go with the miles or
> the years with this maintenance. Planning on taking a road trip this
> holiday and need some advice
> Thanks


The miles are very low, is there an easy way to look at it, if was me,
id drive it as long as those 54k were not by a lead foot.
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Old 12 Nov 2008, 07:12 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Nov 12, 7:04*pm, ransley <Mark_Rans...@Yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Nov 12, 6:23*pm, david <athai...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I have a 2000 V6 Camry and have only 54K miles on it. *The car is
> > pretty much driven only on the weekend. *My quesiton is the timing
> > belt. *I have not changed it yet. *Do i need to go with the miles or
> > the years with this maintenance. Planning on taking a road trip this
> > holiday and need some advice
> > Thanks

>
> The miles are very low, is there an easy way to look at it, if was me,
> id drive it as long as those 54k were not by a lead foot.


Yes the car is driven and maintained very well. Regular oil changes,
coolant and transmission has been flushed. Tires rotated etc etc
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Old 12 Nov 2008, 07:46 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"david" <athaided@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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On Nov 12, 7:04 pm, ransley <Mark_Rans...@Yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Nov 12, 6:23 pm, david <athai...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I have a 2000 V6 Camry and have only 54K miles on it. The car is
> > pretty much driven only on the weekend. My quesiton is the timing
> > belt. I have not changed it yet. Do i need to go with the miles or
> > the years with this maintenance. Planning on taking a road trip this
> > holiday and need some advice
> > Thanks

>
> The miles are very low, is there an easy way to look at it, if was me,
> id drive it as long as those 54k were not by a lead foot.


Yes the car is driven and maintained very well. Regular oil changes,
coolant and transmission has been flushed. Tires rotated etc etc

It says in the Toyota maintenance book replace timing belt 90,000
I would wait---unless you are having symptoms.


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Old 12 Nov 2008, 08:34 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On Nov 12, 7:46*pm, "M.Balarama" <mba...@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> "david" <athai...@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> news:df7c1189-aefb-4074-b3d2-bcf88418591e@k36g2000pri.googlegroups.com...
> On Nov 12, 7:04 pm, ransley <Mark_Rans...@Yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> > On Nov 12, 6:23 pm, david <athai...@hotmail.com> wrote:

>
> > > I have a 2000 V6 Camry and have only 54K miles on it. The car is
> > > pretty much driven only on the weekend. My quesiton is the timing
> > > belt. I have not changed it yet. Do i need to go with the miles or
> > > the years with this maintenance. Planning on taking a road trip this
> > > holiday and need some advice
> > > Thanks

>
> > The miles are very low, is there an easy way to look at it, if was me,
> > id drive it as long as those 54k were not by a lead foot.

>
> Yes the car is driven and maintained very well. *Regular oil changes,
> coolant and transmission has been flushed. *Tires rotated etc etc
>
> It says in the Toyota maintenance book replace timing belt 90,000
> I would wait---unless you are having symptoms.


The only symptom I ever saw was my dead car in the middle of the road,
I didnt know good oil, coolant, trans and tires affected belt life,
Haaaaahaaa they dont, a lead foot will, if you are worried have
someone look at it to see if its All there in good order. You will be
ok I bet.
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Old 13 Nov 2008, 12:20 am   #6 (permalink)
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david wrote:
> I have a 2000 V6 Camry and have only 54K miles on it. The car is
> pretty much driven only on the weekend. My quesiton is the timing
> belt. I have not changed it yet. Do i need to go with the miles or
> the years with this maintenance. Planning on taking a road trip this
> holiday and need some advice
> Thanks



There are three factors (at least) that affect timing belt life:
mileage driven, years elapsed, and how hard the engine is run. You have
two of those factors in your favor, but you can't stop time. Honda used
to suggest 9 years for light duty, and that's the longest interval I've
seen. If you aren't afraid of being stranded, you can probably go
another year. *If* your engine is the 'non-interference' type.
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Old 13 Nov 2008, 07:02 am   #7 (permalink)
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"M.Balarama" <mbalar@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
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> It says in the Toyota maintenance book replace timing belt 90,000
> I would wait---unless you are having symptoms.


The usual symptom of a failed timing belt is a car stopped dead in the
middle of the road. Fortunately a 2000 V6 Camry does not have an
interference engine, so the belt failing at an untimely moment will
likely only lead to nothing more serious that a tow to the repair shop
for a belt replacement (unless of course it fails as you are trying to
beat a dump truck through an intersection).

I do not think you are in immediate danger of having the belt fail.
However, it is a flexible material that is subject to cracking as it
ages. So I don't think I'd wait for 90,000 miles to replace the belt
(at your rate of use, the belt would be nearly 15 years old before you
replaced the belt based strictly on mileage).

The central question is, how long do you plan to keep the car? If you
are going to replace it in the next year or two, I'd do nothing. If
you think you will be keeping it for another 3 or 4 years, or more,
then I'd likely go on and replace it. If you are going to keep the car
for an extended time, there is no reason to wait. You are likely to
only do it once in the life of the car. If you wait 3 more years to
replace it, it just means that when you ultimately get rid of the car,
it will be leaving with a practically new timing belt.

On this car, the timing belt also drives the water pump. If I was
doing the belt, I'd do the water pump and belt tenisoner as well. Make
sure you use OEM parts. It won't be cheap, but you'll only need to do
it once.

On the other hand - if you only drive close to home, and don't worry
about having the car die unexpectedly (and suddenly), then you might
just keep on driving it with the OE belt until you get to 90k miles. I
imagine you have a greater than 95% chance that the belt will not fail
and you would avoid the expense completely.

It really comes down to your tolerance for risk and your tolerance for
spending money on preventive maintenance.

Ed

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Old 14 Nov 2008, 12:10 pm   #8 (permalink)
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david wrote:
> I have a 2000 V6 Camry and have only 54K miles on it. The car is
> pretty much driven only on the weekend.

==
The official recommendation of one of the Toyota dealers in my area,
where a lot of people seem to drive only short distances was to use
the mileage number or five years. Didn't someone calculate that at
your current rate would take 15 yrs. to hit the mileage number?
I'm sure that's conservative, and the dealer does turn a profit on
service items.
In my area they're often running specials on timing belt changes,
around $99 I think "plus other parts as required"
Sounds like your main concern would be the time aging of the rubber
belt, so if you did just that, around $100 might be inexpensive
insurance for your road trip.
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Old 15 Nov 2008, 12:24 am   #9 (permalink)
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On Nov 14, 12:10*pm, Daniel <nospampls2...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> david wrote:
> > I have a 2000 V6 Camry and have only 54K miles on it. *The car is
> > pretty much driven only on the weekend.

>
> ==
> The official recommendation of one of the Toyota dealers in my area,
> where a lot of people seem to drive only short distances was to use
> the mileage number or five years. Didn't someone calculate that at
> your current rate would take 15 yrs. to hit the mileage number?
> I'm sure that's conservative, and the dealer does turn a profit on
> service items.
> In my area they're often running specials on timing belt changes,
> around $99 I think "plus other parts as required"
> Sounds like your main concern would be the time aging of the rubber
> belt, so if you did just that, around $100 might be inexpensive
> insurance for your road trip.


5 yrs is wrong and prove your dealer is just interested in his profit.
The manual is not as short as 5 years
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Old 15 Nov 2008, 01:42 pm   #10 (permalink)
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The V6 has a hydraulic tensioner that helps pick up some slack as the
belt stretches. So it's not as critical as on the 4-cyl, where the
loose belt can ride on the sprocket tooth and break. That said, there
are some owners who claimed to run their timing belts to 200K+ miles.
That's not recommended of course.

The rubber in the belts, tires, hoses, etc, do deteriorate with age,
even at low miles. That's why the manual says to change tires at 6
years regardless of how good they may look. Therefore, if it is
acceptable for an increased chance of being stranded when the belt
breaks, then just wait.

The visible drive belts may offer a clue in terms of the belts'
stretching, hardening, cracking and glazing.



On Nov 12, 4:23*pm, david <athai...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> I have a 2000 V6 Camry and have only 54K miles on it. *The car is
> pretty much driven only on the weekend. *My quesiton is the timing
> belt. *I have not changed it yet. *Do i need to go with the miles or
> the years with this maintenance. Planning on taking a road trip this
> holiday and need some advice
> Thanks


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