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Old 30 Jul 2003, 12:44 pm   #1 (permalink)
Nisha_tm
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Default V6 timing belt replacement

Hello folks!

I have a V6LE, 1995 Camry.
I got the timing belt replaced around 66k miles.
Right now it has 145k miles. 90% of my miles
are freeway miles.

Its that time again -- to get the timing belt replaced.
I have a mechanic who is trustworthy. I am not sure if
he is capable of a timing belt replacement. Is the process
of timing belt replacement in a V6 very complicated? Does
it need any computerised equipment etc? I know this mechanic
did a good job on timing belt replacement for toyotas
with 4cylinders.

The mechanic could be 150 to 200$ cheaper than the dealer,
hence the question.Thank you for helping me make my decision!

Best regards

John
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Old 30 Jul 2003, 01:49 pm   #2 (permalink)
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>Its that time again -- to get the timing belt replaced.
>I have a mechanic who is trustworthy. I am not sure if
>he is capable of a timing belt replacement. Is the process
>of timing belt replacement in a V6 very complicated? Does
>it need any computerised equipment etc? I know this mechanic
>did a good job on timing belt replacement for toyotas
>with 4cylinders.
>


A little bit more complicated on the 6 cylinder motor but no
real special stuff required. Why not ask your mechanic?
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Old 01 Aug 2003, 10:00 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: V6 timing belt replacement

check with Oreilly auto parts-they have a kit that includes timing belt,
plus a couple of bearings that you can replace while changing belt (Gates, I
believe).
"Nisha_tm" <stocker70@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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Hello folks!

I have a V6LE, 1995 Camry.
I got the timing belt replaced around 66k miles.
Right now it has 145k miles. 90% of my miles
are freeway miles.

Its that time again -- to get the timing belt replaced.
I have a mechanic who is trustworthy. I am not sure if
he is capable of a timing belt replacement. Is the process
of timing belt replacement in a V6 very complicated? Does
it need any computerised equipment etc? I know this mechanic
did a good job on timing belt replacement for toyotas
with 4cylinders.

The mechanic could be 150 to 200$ cheaper than the dealer,
hence the question.Thank you for helping me make my decision!

Best regards

John


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Old 04 Aug 2003, 07:30 pm   #4 (permalink)
mark Ransley
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Default Re: V6 timing belt replacement

If he did a good job before let him do it.

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Old 30 Oct 2003, 05:06 pm   #5 (permalink)
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You have 79K miles on your timing belt. I think they are supposed to
be replaced every 60K miles. If the belt breaks then your engine is
"DRT" or dead right there. If your mechanic has replaced belts in 4
cylinder engines then he shold be able to do it in a 6. Even if dealer
does the job that will be only a fraction of what an engine would
cost.

Bill

On 30 Jul 2003 10:44:21 -0700, stocker70@yahoo.com (Nisha_tm) wrote:

>Hello folks!
>
>I have a V6LE, 1995 Camry.
>I got the timing belt replaced around 66k miles.
>Right now it has 145k miles. 90% of my miles
>are freeway miles.
>
>Its that time again -- to get the timing belt replaced.
>I have a mechanic who is trustworthy. I am not sure if
>he is capable of a timing belt replacement. Is the process
>of timing belt replacement in a V6 very complicated? Does
>it need any computerised equipment etc? I know this mechanic
>did a good job on timing belt replacement for toyotas
>with 4cylinders.
>
>The mechanic could be 150 to 200$ cheaper than the dealer,
>hence the question.Thank you for helping me make my decision!
>
>Best regards
>
>John


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Old 30 Oct 2003, 06:11 pm   #6 (permalink)
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I have 92k miles on a 97 Camry V6 timing belt. Shooting to change it at
100k. maybe The accessory belts look ok, why should the timing belt be
frayed?

"Bill" <caswell@mindspring.com> wrote in message
newsu53qvgtr7ha7sl4hjf7jv9mqvgs2fhoj3@4ax.com...
> You have 79K miles on your timing belt. I think they are supposed to
> be replaced every 60K miles. If the belt breaks then your engine is
> "DRT" or dead right there. If your mechanic has replaced belts in 4
> cylinder engines then he shold be able to do it in a 6. Even if dealer
> does the job that will be only a fraction of what an engine would
> cost.
>
> Bill
>
> On 30 Jul 2003 10:44:21 -0700, stocker70@yahoo.com (Nisha_tm) wrote:
>
> >Hello folks!
> >
> >I have a V6LE, 1995 Camry.
> >I got the timing belt replaced around 66k miles.
> >Right now it has 145k miles. 90% of my miles
> >are freeway miles.
> >
> >Its that time again -- to get the timing belt replaced.
> >I have a mechanic who is trustworthy. I am not sure if
> >he is capable of a timing belt replacement. Is the process
> >of timing belt replacement in a V6 very complicated? Does
> >it need any computerised equipment etc? I know this mechanic
> >did a good job on timing belt replacement for toyotas
> >with 4cylinders.
> >
> >The mechanic could be 150 to 200$ cheaper than the dealer,
> >hence the question.Thank you for helping me make my decision!
> >
> >Best regards
> >
> >John

>



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Old 30 Oct 2003, 08:13 pm   #7 (permalink)
John M. Darnielle
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Default Re: V6 timing belt replacement

I replaced the belt on my 97 camry v6 at 65k. I t looked perfect, if looks
mean anything. Maybe could have gone longer??

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"AV" <abc@abc.com> wrote in message news:2Mhob.47047$mZ5.279536@attbi_s54...
> I have 92k miles on a 97 Camry V6 timing belt. Shooting to change it at
> 100k. maybe The accessory belts look ok, why should the timing belt be
> frayed?
>
> "Bill" <caswell@mindspring.com> wrote in message
> newsu53qvgtr7ha7sl4hjf7jv9mqvgs2fhoj3@4ax.com...
> > You have 79K miles on your timing belt. I think they are supposed to
> > be replaced every 60K miles. If the belt breaks then your engine is
> > "DRT" or dead right there. If your mechanic has replaced belts in 4
> > cylinder engines then he shold be able to do it in a 6. Even if dealer
> > does the job that will be only a fraction of what an engine would
> > cost.
> >
> > Bill
> >
> > On 30 Jul 2003 10:44:21 -0700, stocker70@yahoo.com (Nisha_tm) wrote:
> >
> > >Hello folks!
> > >
> > >I have a V6LE, 1995 Camry.
> > >I got the timing belt replaced around 66k miles.
> > >Right now it has 145k miles. 90% of my miles
> > >are freeway miles.
> > >
> > >Its that time again -- to get the timing belt replaced.
> > >I have a mechanic who is trustworthy. I am not sure if
> > >he is capable of a timing belt replacement. Is the process
> > >of timing belt replacement in a V6 very complicated? Does
> > >it need any computerised equipment etc? I know this mechanic
> > >did a good job on timing belt replacement for toyotas
> > >with 4cylinders.
> > >
> > >The mechanic could be 150 to 200$ cheaper than the dealer,
> > >hence the question.Thank you for helping me make my decision!
> > >
> > >Best regards
> > >
> > >John

> >

>
>



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Old 31 Oct 2003, 08:57 am   #8 (permalink)
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Timing belts can fail in a number of ways. I have had belts that looked
perfect fail by shearing off several teeth. Or they can started jumping teeth.
Or they can just break in two - even when they look great. The accessory belts
can slip and usually nothing bad happens. When the timing belt fails, bad
things will happen. On some engines you can afford to take a chance. On
non-interference engines, when the belt breaks, the engine just stops and can
be restored by just retiming the engine and replacing the belt. Interference
engines are a different story, if the belts breaks, pistons can crash into
valves and break expensive parts (valves, pistons, cylinder heads, etc.).
Fortunately for you, I don't think the 3.0L V-6 in a '97 Camry is an
interference engine. If this is true, when the belt breaks, the engine will
just stop running. This in itself can be dangerous, but the engine shouldn't
be damaged.

However, I can't see any reason to postpone replacing the belt any longer if
you plan to keep the car for a few more years. If you change it now at a
convenient time you may save your self a lot of hassles later.

Regards,

Ed White

AV wrote:

> I have 92k miles on a 97 Camry V6 timing belt. Shooting to change it at
> 100k. maybe The accessory belts look ok, why should the timing belt be
> frayed?
>
> "Bill" <caswell@mindspring.com> wrote in message
> newsu53qvgtr7ha7sl4hjf7jv9mqvgs2fhoj3@4ax.com...
> > You have 79K miles on your timing belt. I think they are supposed to
> > be replaced every 60K miles. If the belt breaks then your engine is
> > "DRT" or dead right there. If your mechanic has replaced belts in 4
> > cylinder engines then he shold be able to do it in a 6. Even if dealer
> > does the job that will be only a fraction of what an engine would
> > cost.
> >
> > Bill
> >
> > On 30 Jul 2003 10:44:21 -0700, stocker70@yahoo.com (Nisha_tm) wrote:
> >
> > >Hello folks!
> > >
> > >I have a V6LE, 1995 Camry.
> > >I got the timing belt replaced around 66k miles.
> > >Right now it has 145k miles. 90% of my miles
> > >are freeway miles.
> > >
> > >Its that time again -- to get the timing belt replaced.
> > >I have a mechanic who is trustworthy. I am not sure if
> > >he is capable of a timing belt replacement. Is the process
> > >of timing belt replacement in a V6 very complicated? Does
> > >it need any computerised equipment etc? I know this mechanic
> > >did a good job on timing belt replacement for toyotas
> > >with 4cylinders.
> > >
> > >The mechanic could be 150 to 200$ cheaper than the dealer,
> > >hence the question.Thank you for helping me make my decision!
> > >
> > >Best regards
> > >
> > >John

> >


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Old 31 Oct 2003, 06:24 pm   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: V6 timing belt replacement

FWIW

I'm on my 6th Toyota and I always replace the timing belts every 60,000
miles. I do all of the recommended preventive maintenance when called for.
That may also explain why I've never had any problems in the last 24 years
with Toyota's.

"C. E. White" <cewhite3@mindspring.com> wrote in message
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> Timing belts can fail in a number of ways. I have had belts that looked
> perfect fail by shearing off several teeth. Or they can started jumping

teeth.
> Or they can just break in two - even when they look great. The accessory

belts
> can slip and usually nothing bad happens. When the timing belt fails, bad
> things will happen. On some engines you can afford to take a chance. On
> non-interference engines, when the belt breaks, the engine just stops and

can
> be restored by just retiming the engine and replacing the belt.

Interference
> engines are a different story, if the belts breaks, pistons can crash into
> valves and break expensive parts (valves, pistons, cylinder heads, etc.).
> Fortunately for you, I don't think the 3.0L V-6 in a '97 Camry is an
> interference engine. If this is true, when the belt breaks, the engine

will
> just stop running. This in itself can be dangerous, but the engine

shouldn't
> be damaged.
>
> However, I can't see any reason to postpone replacing the belt any longer

if
> you plan to keep the car for a few more years. If you change it now at a
> convenient time you may save your self a lot of hassles later.
>
> Regards,
>
> Ed White
>
> AV wrote:
>
> > I have 92k miles on a 97 Camry V6 timing belt. Shooting to change it at
> > 100k. maybe The accessory belts look ok, why should the timing belt

be
> > frayed?
> >
> > "Bill" <caswell@mindspring.com> wrote in message
> > newsu53qvgtr7ha7sl4hjf7jv9mqvgs2fhoj3@4ax.com...
> > > You have 79K miles on your timing belt. I think they are supposed to
> > > be replaced every 60K miles. If the belt breaks then your engine is
> > > "DRT" or dead right there. If your mechanic has replaced belts in 4
> > > cylinder engines then he shold be able to do it in a 6. Even if dealer
> > > does the job that will be only a fraction of what an engine would
> > > cost.
> > >
> > > Bill
> > >
> > > On 30 Jul 2003 10:44:21 -0700, stocker70@yahoo.com (Nisha_tm) wrote:
> > >
> > > >Hello folks!
> > > >
> > > >I have a V6LE, 1995 Camry.
> > > >I got the timing belt replaced around 66k miles.
> > > >Right now it has 145k miles. 90% of my miles
> > > >are freeway miles.
> > > >
> > > >Its that time again -- to get the timing belt replaced.
> > > >I have a mechanic who is trustworthy. I am not sure if
> > > >he is capable of a timing belt replacement. Is the process
> > > >of timing belt replacement in a V6 very complicated? Does
> > > >it need any computerised equipment etc? I know this mechanic
> > > >did a good job on timing belt replacement for toyotas
> > > >with 4cylinders.
> > > >
> > > >The mechanic could be 150 to 200$ cheaper than the dealer,
> > > >hence the question.Thank you for helping me make my decision!
> > > >
> > > >Best regards
> > > >
> > > >John
> > >

>



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Old 22 Nov 2003, 09:01 pm   #10 (permalink)
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I had 87K mi on a (my second) belt that jumped a tooth this summer. -
90 camry, 4cyl. I suspected it imediately because I had a couple of
days earlier accidentally over-reved the engine, but had not
experienced any immediate problems from that. When it jumped, I was
driving very gently up a small incline. First noticed symptom was
extreme pinging upon ANY acceleration, and very rough idle, and
unburned gas fumes out the pipe. The car would drive at constant
speed with mild surging, but the moment any acceleration was attempted
extreme loud pinging and low power was noticed. I barely managed to
drive it to the dealer where I used a timing belt coupon for ~$190.
Came out running better than before. (changed plugs too). Gas mileage
improved from 32 to 35. Dealer tried to gyp me by claiming it was the
distributor cap, coil and rotor & labor for the ridiculous price of
$400. This is what they use coupons for - to get your car in there,
call you at work and lie to you while you're busy about problems that
it doesn't have. I told him I had already diagnosed the problem. I
came down to the dealership and actually looked at the cap which they
said was fautly. It was fine - a little corroded, but not cracked or
burned as they had implied. I refused to buy. - same parts at Advance
are $75. "bad" distributor cap/coil has been on the car for 7000 mi
now. I will have the timing belt changed at 70~80K from now on, but
at a different dealer or mech. I kept the old belt, and it looked
fine. Another thing that happens is the tensioner spring gets weak.
They replaced that too.

"C. E. White" <cewhite3@mindspring.com> wrote in message news:<3FA2784A.3101CF0@mindspring.com>...
> Timing belts can fail in a number of ways. I have had belts that looked
> perfect fail by shearing off several teeth. Or they can started jumping teeth.
> Or they can just break in two - even when they look great. The accessory belts
> can slip and usually nothing bad happens. When the timing belt fails, bad
> things will happen. On some engines you can afford to take a chance. On
> non-interference engines, when the belt breaks, the engine just stops and can
> be restored by just retiming the engine and replacing the belt. Interference
> engines are a different story, if the belts breaks, pistons can crash into
> valves and break expensive parts (valves, pistons, cylinder heads, etc.).
> Fortunately for you, I don't think the 3.0L V-6 in a '97 Camry is an
> interference engine. If this is true, when the belt breaks, the engine will
> just stop running. This in itself can be dangerous, but the engine shouldn't
> be damaged.
>
> However, I can't see any reason to postpone replacing the belt any longer if
> you plan to keep the car for a few more years. If you change it now at a
> convenient time you may save your self a lot of hassles later.
>
> Regards,
>
> Ed White
>
> AV wrote:
>
> > I have 92k miles on a 97 Camry V6 timing belt. Shooting to change it at
> > 100k. maybe The accessory belts look ok, why should the timing belt be
> > frayed?
> >
> > "Bill" <caswell@mindspring.com> wrote in message
> > newsu53qvgtr7ha7sl4hjf7jv9mqvgs2fhoj3@4ax.com...
> > > You have 79K miles on your timing belt. I think they are supposed to
> > > be replaced every 60K miles. If the belt breaks then your engine is
> > > "DRT" or dead right there. If your mechanic has replaced belts in 4
> > > cylinder engines then he shold be able to do it in a 6. Even if dealer
> > > does the job that will be only a fraction of what an engine would
> > > cost.
> > >
> > > Bill
> > >
> > > On 30 Jul 2003 10:44:21 -0700, stocker70@yahoo.com (Nisha_tm) wrote:
> > >
> > > >Hello folks!
> > > >
> > > >I have a V6LE, 1995 Camry.
> > > >I got the timing belt replaced around 66k miles.
> > > >Right now it has 145k miles. 90% of my miles
> > > >are freeway miles.
> > > >
> > > >Its that time again -- to get the timing belt replaced.
> > > >I have a mechanic who is trustworthy. I am not sure if
> > > >he is capable of a timing belt replacement. Is the process
> > > >of timing belt replacement in a V6 very complicated? Does
> > > >it need any computerised equipment etc? I know this mechanic
> > > >did a good job on timing belt replacement for toyotas
> > > >with 4cylinders.
> > > >
> > > >The mechanic could be 150 to 200$ cheaper than the dealer,
> > > >hence the question.Thank you for helping me make my decision!
> > > >
> > > >Best regards
> > > >
> > > >John
> > >

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