When to replace 96 Camry timing belt

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Old 15 Nov 2004, 12:14 pm   #1 (permalink)
Mike Dodd
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Default When to replace 96 Camry timing belt

When I bought my 1996 Camry V6 new, I was told "replace the timing
belt at 60K miles." So I did, at 67K. Now I have 120K miles on the car
and was expecting to replace it again.

But when I was entering service information for a recent 120K-mile oil
change, I noticed that "Replace timing belt" has a footnote that says,
"Timing belt replacement only required for Special Operating Condition
3 as indicated on page 30 of this supplement." Then I checked the
60K-mile service page and found the same thing.

Special Operating Condition 3 covers "Extensive idling or low-speed
driving for long distances as in heavy commercial use, such as
delivery, taxi, or patrol car." Not only does this not apply to my
driving, NONE of the special operating conditions apply.

I can't find anything in the 1996 Owner's Manual Supplement that says
I should replace the timing belt, under my driving conditions.

So what's the deal? Does the timing belt have to be replaced on a
regular basis? The current belt has less then 60K miles on it. Should
I just keep driving, or replace it?

Thanks in advance for any expert knowledge.

Mike Dodd
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Old 15 Nov 2004, 01:13 pm   #2 (permalink)
m Ransley
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Default Re: When to replace 96 Camry timing belt

Mine lasted to 115000m and left me stranded, going to 90 may or may not
be safe 70 - 80 id say yes.

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Old 15 Nov 2004, 07:16 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: When to replace 96 Camry timing belt

On Mon, 15 Nov 2004 13:13:48 -0600, m Ransley wrote:

> Mine lasted to 115000m and left me stranded, going to 90 may or may not
> be safe 70 - 80 id say yes.


I believe this engine is non-interference, and Toyota is VERY good about
their N-I engines. There *is* no recommendation for the timing belt!

I have gotten 110,000 out of two belts. We replaced the belt in my '95
Tercel, a gates w/72,000 on it and it had no cracks or wear to speak of!
I would try the 90,000 interval, if you dare (that is, getting stranded
when it *does* break, but I don't think it will...)

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Old 16 Nov 2004, 01:37 am   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: When to replace 96 Camry timing belt

On 15 Nov 2004 10:14:11 -0800, mike@mdodd.com (Mike Dodd) wrote:

>When I bought my 1996 Camry V6 new, I was told "replace the timing
>belt at 60K miles." So I did, at 67K. Now I have 120K miles on the car
>and was expecting to replace it again.
>
>But when I was entering service information for a recent 120K-mile oil
>change, I noticed that "Replace timing belt" has a footnote that says,
>"Timing belt replacement only required for Special Operating Condition
>3 as indicated on page 30 of this supplement." Then I checked the
>60K-mile service page and found the same thing.
>
>Special Operating Condition 3 covers "Extensive idling or low-speed
>driving for long distances as in heavy commercial use, such as
>delivery, taxi, or patrol car." Not only does this not apply to my
>driving, NONE of the special operating conditions apply.
>
>I can't find anything in the 1996 Owner's Manual Supplement that says
>I should replace the timing belt, under my driving conditions.
>
>So what's the deal? Does the timing belt have to be replaced on a
>regular basis? The current belt has less then 60K miles on it. Should
>I just keep driving, or replace it?
>
>Thanks in advance for any expert knowledge.
>
>Mike Dodd


Just keep checking it. As long as it's still good, keep driving it.
When cracks or frays start to show, change it.

It's really difficult for manufacturers to give a definitive answer on
when to replace. What they can do is do the safest recommendation on
when do it (such as the 60k advice you received) but it may be too
early for some. Belt wear is increased by heat, oil, excessive
idling, or frequently racing the engine. That's why it varies from
person to person and from car to car. That's why you have to check
its condition.

My suggestion is to judge the belt condition for yourself and err on
the side of caution on when to replace it (perhaps 90k). If it
breaks, it won't damage the engine but it will certainly be a major
inconvenience and you'd have to replace the belt anyway.
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Old 08 Dec 2004, 04:20 pm   #5 (permalink)
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90,000 miles is sufficient enough, any longer and your asking for trouble,
only use toyota parts though!

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