1994 Camry Engine - Interference or non-interference

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Old 10 Jan 2005, 02:59 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,
I am going to replace the timing belt on a 1994 Toyota Camry with the 4
cylinder engine. Can someone tell me if this system is one that will
harm the engine if the timing belt breaks or if it is one that will
simply stop running and require a belt replacement, but with no damage
to the engine?

Thanks!

Pat
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Old 10 Jan 2005, 07:58 pm   #2 (permalink)
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pws wrote:
> Hello,
> I am going to replace the timing belt on a 1994 Toyota Camry with the 4
> cylinder engine. Can someone tell me if this system is one that will
> harm the engine if the timing belt breaks or if it is one that will
> simply stop running and require a belt replacement, but with no damage
> to the engine?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Pat

You are safe. See pg 19 and 16. No asterix= no crash.
http://www.gates.com/downloads/downl...older=brochure
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Old 10 Jan 2005, 09:47 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Mon, 10 Jan 2005 20:58:50 -0500, tomcas wrote:

> pws wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I am going to replace the timing belt on a 1994 Toyota Camry with the 4
>> cylinder engine. Can someone tell me if this system is one that will
>> harm the engine if the timing belt breaks or if it is one that will
>> simply stop running and require a belt replacement, but with no damage
>> to the engine?
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Pat

> You are safe. See pg 19 and 16. No asterix= no crash.
> http://www.gates.com/downloads/downl...older=brochure



Um, that page can be wrong. It says my '85 Corolla GT-S is an interference
engine, and I've blown 3 timing belts already. It also says another one
(3AC, I think) is NI, and I know from a friend you don't wanna snap a belt
in that one!
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Old 11 Jan 2005, 05:48 am   #4 (permalink)
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hachiroku wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Jan 2005 20:58:50 -0500, tomcas wrote:
>
>
>>pws wrote:
>>
>>>Hello,
>>>I am going to replace the timing belt on a 1994 Toyota Camry with the 4
>>>cylinder engine. Can someone tell me if this system is one that will
>>>harm the engine if the timing belt breaks or if it is one that will
>>>simply stop running and require a belt replacement, but with no damage
>>>to the engine?
>>>
>>>Thanks!
>>>
>>>Pat

>>
>>You are safe. See pg 19 and 16. No asterix= no crash.
>>http://www.gates.com/downloads/downl...older=brochure

>
>
>
> Um, that page can be wrong. It says my '85 Corolla GT-S is an interference
> engine, and I've blown 3 timing belts already. It also says another one
> (3AC, I think) is NI, and I know from a friend you don't wanna snap a belt
> in that one!

I don't see on the document where the GT-S is as an interference. I
recall that a for a couple of years the 1.5L Tercels were one of the
few Toyotas (besides Diesels) that were interference.
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Old 11 Jan 2005, 09:02 am   #5 (permalink)
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hachiroku wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Jan 2005 20:58:50 -0500, tomcas wrote:
>
>
>>pws wrote:
>>
>>>Hello,
>>>I am going to replace the timing belt on a 1994 Toyota Camry with the 4
>>>cylinder engine. Can someone tell me if this system is one that will
>>>harm the engine if the timing belt breaks or if it is one that will
>>>simply stop running and require a belt replacement, but with no damage
>>>to the engine?
>>>
>>>Thanks!
>>>
>>>Pat

>>
>>You are safe. See pg 19 and 16. No asterix= no crash.
>>http://www.gates.com/downloads/downl...older=brochure

>
>
>
> Um, that page can be wrong. It says my '85 Corolla GT-S is an interference
> engine, and I've blown 3 timing belts already. It also says another one
> (3AC, I think) is NI, and I know from a friend you don't wanna snap a belt
> in that one!


I'll have to second that, the Alfa V6 is an interference engine with 30k
reccomended belt changes and its listed as non-interference and 50k.
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Old 11 Jan 2005, 07:48 pm   #6 (permalink)
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On Tue, 11 Jan 2005 08:02:15 -0700, Mitch wrote:

> hachiroku wrote:
>> On Mon, 10 Jan 2005 20:58:50 -0500, tomcas wrote:
>>
>>
>>>pws wrote:
>>>
>>>>Hello,
>>>>I am going to replace the timing belt on a 1994 Toyota Camry with the 4
>>>>cylinder engine. Can someone tell me if this system is one that will
>>>>harm the engine if the timing belt breaks or if it is one that will
>>>>simply stop running and require a belt replacement, but with no damage
>>>>to the engine?
>>>>
>>>>Thanks!
>>>>
>>>>Pat
>>>
>>>You are safe. See pg 19 and 16. No asterix= no crash.
>>>http://www.gates.com/downloads/downl...older=brochure

>>
>>
>>
>> Um, that page can be wrong. It says my '85 Corolla GT-S is an interference
>> engine, and I've blown 3 timing belts already. It also says another one
>> (3AC, I think) is NI, and I know from a friend you don't wanna snap a belt
>> in that one!

>
> I'll have to second that, the Alfa V6 is an interference engine with 30k
> reccomended belt changes and its listed as non-interference and 50k.



Well, that's great! 20,000 over the limit on an interference engine! Cool.
hate to be the person that takes *their* recommendation!
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Old 11 Jan 2005, 07:49 pm   #7 (permalink)
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On Tue, 11 Jan 2005 06:48:27 -0500, tomcas wrote:

> hachiroku wrote:
>> On Mon, 10 Jan 2005 20:58:50 -0500, tomcas wrote:
>>
>>
>>>pws wrote:
>>>
>>>>Hello,
>>>>I am going to replace the timing belt on a 1994 Toyota Camry with the 4
>>>>cylinder engine. Can someone tell me if this system is one that will
>>>>harm the engine if the timing belt breaks or if it is one that will
>>>>simply stop running and require a belt replacement, but with no damage
>>>>to the engine?
>>>>
>>>>Thanks!
>>>>
>>>>Pat
>>>
>>>You are safe. See pg 19 and 16. No asterix= no crash.
>>>http://www.gates.com/downloads/downl...older=brochure

>>
>>
>>
>> Um, that page can be wrong. It says my '85 Corolla GT-S is an interference
>> engine, and I've blown 3 timing belts already. It also says another one
>> (3AC, I think) is NI, and I know from a friend you don't wanna snap a belt
>> in that one!

> I don't see on the document where the GT-S is as an interference. I
> recall that a for a couple of years the 1.5L Tercels were one of the
> few Toyotas (besides Diesels) that were interference.


Hmmm...last time I looked the 4A-GE was listed as interference, and we had
a discussion about it in a.a.toyota. Perhaps someone brought it to their
attention...
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Old 11 Jan 2005, 10:30 pm   #8 (permalink)
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tomcas wrote:
> pws wrote:
>
>> Hello,
>> I am going to replace the timing belt on a 1994 Toyota Camry with the
>> 4 cylinder engine. Can someone tell me if this system is one that will
>> harm the engine if the timing belt breaks or if it is one that will
>> simply stop running and require a belt replacement, but with no damage
>> to the engine?
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Pat

>
> You are safe. See pg 19 and 16. No asterix= no crash.
> http://www.gates.com/downloads/downl...older=brochure
>


Excellent, it has already gone 11+ years and 130K miles, but it will be
two weeks before I can get to it and I wanted to see if the gamble was
on an expensive engine engine repair or just a tow fee if Murphy's law
kicks in and it snaps just days before I replace it.

Also, I have a Haynes manual and have done timing belt changes before,
but not on this car. This one looks pretty easy from the instructions
and the timing belt access looks pretty good once the alternator has
been removed. If there are any special tips or suggestions that someone
can offer on replacing the timing belt on 1994 Camry with 130K miles,
please let me know.

Thanks for all of the replies!

Pat
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Old 11 Jan 2005, 11:46 pm   #9 (permalink)
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On Mon, 10 Jan 2005 20:58:50 -0500, tomcas <tomcas@mjwebsitedesign.com> wrote:

pws wrote:
> Hello,
> I am going to replace the timing belt on a 1994 Toyota Camry with the 4
> cylinder engine. Can someone tell me if this system is one that will
> harm the engine if the timing belt breaks or if it is one that will
> simply stop running and require a belt replacement, but with no damage
> to the engine?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Pat

You are safe. See pg 19 and 16. No asterix= no crash.
http://www.gates.com/downloads/downl...older=brochure


most of the toyota V8s are the ones that you can not break a belt (without damage)
as i remember all the 4s & V6s are not

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Old 16 Jan 2005, 10:53 am   #10 (permalink)
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I change my '94 Camry's timing belt every 70,000 miles. Also change the
water pump and idlers and the tensioning spring.
Fairly easy job. Just follow the directions in the Haines manual. I
use an impact wrench to remove the crankshaft bolt. This is the most
difficult part of the operation.
My '94 Camry has over 217,000 miles.

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