Original Timing Belt at 117K miles

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Old 22 Aug 2005, 04:17 pm   #1 (permalink)
jay
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Default Original Timing Belt at 117K miles

My girlfriend owns a 1992 (or maybe 91) Camry. She is told that it still
has the original timing belt and that typically they are changed at around
90K miles.

She is concerned about the cost of the belt replacement, which is around
here in Northeastern, NJ. Should she go ahead and bite the bullet and have
the belt changed immediately or is there a way to tell if it's on the verge
of failing simply by opening up the hood and examining the condition?

If her timing belt fails, will the failure damage the engine on a 91 or 92
Camry?

Is changing the water pump at the same time as the timing belt necessary, or
waste of money?

Thanks,

J.


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Old 22 Aug 2005, 04:19 pm   #2 (permalink)
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oops, meant to mention that she got a quote of around $475 for the
replacement of the Timing Belt and Water Pump. This is in northeastern NJ,
in the NY metro area.

J.


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Old 22 Aug 2005, 06:04 pm   #3 (permalink)
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jay wrote:
> My girlfriend owns a 1992 (or maybe 91) Camry. She is told that it
> still has the original timing belt and that typically they are
> changed at around 90K miles.


I seem to remember that the earlier Camrys had a 60K belt change
interval.

In any case she is way overdue. Saving the money isn't going to seem
too important when the car breaks down some night in a not-so-nice area
of Jersey.


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Old 22 Aug 2005, 08:08 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Original Timing Belt at 117K miles

On Mon, 22 Aug 2005 20:17:18 GMT, "jay" <jaynews@verizon.net> wrote:

>My girlfriend owns a 1992 (or maybe 91) Camry. She is told that it still
>has the original timing belt and that typically they are changed at around
>90K miles.
>
>She is concerned about the cost of the belt replacement, which is around
>here in Northeastern, NJ. Should she go ahead and bite the bullet and have
>the belt changed immediately or is there a way to tell if it's on the verge
>of failing simply by opening up the hood and examining the condition?
>
>If her timing belt fails, will the failure damage the engine on a 91 or 92
>Camry?
>
>Is changing the water pump at the same time as the timing belt necessary, or
>waste of money?
>
>Thanks,



4 cyl or V6? Our 4 cylinder broke, we towed it a shop, they replaced
the belt and we were back on the road in about an hour.

But, it always seems to happen at the most inconvenient time.

Not sure about the V6.
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Old 22 Aug 2005, 10:08 pm   #5 (permalink)
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> oops, meant to mention that she got a quote of around $475 for the
> replacement of the Timing Belt and Water Pump. This is in northeastern
> NJ, in the NY metro area.


Wow, it's expensive. Did cost me less than that in Canadian dollars 2 years
ago on my 93 Camry.
But, anyway, $475 to replace belt/pump is cheaper than a new engine.


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Old 23 Aug 2005, 05:28 am   #6 (permalink)
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The engine is a "non-interference" design, which means that if the belt
breaks, the pistons will not hit the valves. Still, it should now be
changed.

You cannot easily determine its condition by a quick inspection as it is
behind a plastic cover. Old belts will be stretched, perhaps cracked in
places, and "hairy" looking on the edges.

Geoff

"jay" <jaynews@verizon.net> wrote in message
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> My girlfriend owns a 1992 (or maybe 91) Camry. She is told that it still
> has the original timing belt and that typically they are changed at around
> 90K miles.
>
> She is concerned about the cost of the belt replacement, which is around
> here in Northeastern, NJ. Should she go ahead and bite the bullet and
> have the belt changed immediately or is there a way to tell if it's on the
> verge of failing simply by opening up the hood and examining the
> condition?
>
> If her timing belt fails, will the failure damage the engine on a 91 or 92
> Camry?
>
> Is changing the water pump at the same time as the timing belt necessary,
> or waste of money?
>
> Thanks,
>
> J.
>



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Old 23 Aug 2005, 07:27 pm   #7 (permalink)
Wolfgang
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Yota is always running specials for $199 for the timing belt --- let the
water pump be if they say it isn't leaking or turning rough.

"jay" <jaynews@verizon.net> wrote in message
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> My girlfriend owns a 1992 (or maybe 91) Camry. She is told that it still
> has the original timing belt and that typically they are changed at around
> 90K miles.
>
> She is concerned about the cost of the belt replacement, which is around
> here in Northeastern, NJ. Should she go ahead and bite the bullet and
> have the belt changed immediately or is there a way to tell if it's on the
> verge of failing simply by opening up the hood and examining the
> condition?
>
> If her timing belt fails, will the failure damage the engine on a 91 or 92
> Camry?
>
> Is changing the water pump at the same time as the timing belt necessary,
> or waste of money?
>
> Thanks,
>
> J.
>



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Old 24 Aug 2005, 08:17 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Get a coupon if you want to change it at the dealer. The tech will make
a call on the water pump, but you are at 117K miles you should change
out the pump, the oil seals and pulleys.

http://www.gates.com/brochure.cfm?br...chGatesPopular

If you have the mechanical skills belts and pump are about $100 online.
Seals and pulleys add about another $60.

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Old 26 Aug 2005, 08:42 pm   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: Original Timing Belt at 117K miles

replace the waterpump and there are several oil seals there that should
be changed out as well. Your overdue for a belt.

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