CHANGE TIME BELT AT 72 MONTHS OR 90,000 MILES?

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Old 24 Oct 2005, 06:32 pm   #1 (permalink)
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My 99 Camry V6 is at only at 75,000 miles but is at 72 months. I really
didn't think about it until the last oil change when the Toyota dealer asked
if I wanted it changed or wait until the next oil change. I said I'd wait
and normally wouldn't have thought about the 72 months but we don't drive as
much as we used to. At this rate we won't hit 90K miles for another 18
months. Any advice on whether changing it on months vs. miles is a good
idea? - Orv


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Old 24 Oct 2005, 07:03 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Mon, 24 Oct 2005 16:32:11 -0700, Orv wrote:

> My 99 Camry V6 is at only at 75,000 miles but is at 72 months. I really
> didn't think about it until the last oil change when the Toyota dealer asked
> if I wanted it changed or wait until the next oil change. I said I'd wait
> and normally wouldn't have thought about the 72 months but we don't drive as
> much as we used to. At this rate we won't hit 90K miles for another 18
> months. Any advice on whether changing it on months vs. miles is a good
> idea? - Orv



I'm surprised he gave you a time limit. Every Toyota Service person I have
ever talked to has said the same thing: mileage. Generally 80,000
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Old 24 Oct 2005, 10:46 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Go by mileage.

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Old 25 Oct 2005, 09:25 am   #4 (permalink)
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That's my inclination too. However, I see the service schedule that came in
the glove box - bought the car new - says 90,000 or 72 months. -Orv

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Old 25 Oct 2005, 11:14 am   #5 (permalink)
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On Tue, 25 Oct 2005 07:25:26 -0700, Orv wrote:

> That's my inclination too. However, I see the service schedule that came in
> the glove box - bought the car new - says 90,000 or 72 months. -Orv
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> "m Ransley" <ransley@webtv.net> wrote in message
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>> Go by mileage.
>>



Interesting. I have never heard of a time limit on a timing belt. Where
are you in the world?

Or does that say 72 months under severe duty?
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Old 25 Oct 2005, 03:43 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Suppose you found a car sitting in a field.
Been there for years.
Would the belts still be good?
Questionable.
They can age, harden, and crack even when not in active use.
However, Toyota states the maintenance recommendations conservatively
so people don't get stranded following their guidelines.
Some people push the timing belts longer, and just get towed to the
shop when needed but could be who knows how long - 120k, 150, 180,000
miles.
Last time I heard a dealer service person comment on this he said, we
go by mileage but some people around here put such low mileage on the
cars, they would never change the belt, so we tell them five years.
Your 72 months is six years, but this was for an earlier model with 60k
mileage recommendation.
It's not like the belt will be guaranteed to fail, it's a maintenance
recommendation, varies with type of usage, climactic conditions.
Just schedule it when you're comfortable having it done.

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Old 25 Oct 2005, 08:32 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Did he quote you a price$$$$? I need to do it too.

"Orv" <Orv@Cox.Net> wrote in message
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> My 99 Camry V6 is at only at 75,000 miles but is at 72 months. I really
> didn't think about it until the last oil change when the Toyota dealer
> asked if I wanted it changed or wait until the next oil change. I said
> I'd wait and normally wouldn't have thought about the 72 months but we
> don't drive as much as we used to. At this rate we won't hit 90K miles
> for another 18 months. Any advice on whether changing it on months vs.
> miles is a good idea? - Orv
>



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Old 26 Oct 2005, 12:37 pm   #8 (permalink)
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I had the timing belt on my 2000 Camry changed last spring with 90k
miles on it. The guy who did it is a former Toyota tech who is now
independent at a local gas station. The belt that came out of the
engine looked fine, but that is meaningless. The bearing in the water
pump sounded like a loose bolt in a coffee can and the leaking had been
mostly stopped by the buildup of crud around the shaft and masked
because this stuff is so deeply buried in the engine space. A serious
breakdown trying hard to happen. The mechanic was amazed that it had
all held as long as it had. FWIW?
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Old 26 Oct 2005, 05:04 pm   #9 (permalink)
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Location is San Diego, California, and I don't recall seeing a "severe duty"
annotation. I'll check when my wife gets back with the car and post if it
does have a severe duty note. The use of this car, and its location, would
not be severe duty.

"Hachiroku" <Trueno@ae86.gts> wrote in message
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> On Tue, 25 Oct 2005 07:25:26 -0700, Orv wrote:
>
>> That's my inclination too. However, I see the service schedule that came
>> in
>> the glove box - bought the car new - says 90,000 or 72 months. -Orv
>>
>> "m Ransley" <ransley@webtv.net> wrote in message
>> news:547-435DAAA9-1@storefull-3135.bay.webtv.net...
>>> Go by mileage.
>>>

>
>
> Interesting. I have never heard of a time limit on a timing belt. Where
> are you in the world?
>
> Or does that say 72 months under severe duty?



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Old 26 Oct 2005, 05:06 pm   #10 (permalink)
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No, I didn't ask for a price.

"tj" <trichar3@rochester.rr.comcom> wrote in message
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> Did he quote you a price$$$$? I need to do it too.
>
> "Orv" <Orv@Cox.Net> wrote in message
> news:S9e7f.90859$lq6.56712@fed1read01...
>> My 99 Camry V6 is at only at 75,000 miles but is at 72 months. I really
>> didn't think about it until the last oil change when the Toyota dealer
>> asked if I wanted it changed or wait until the next oil change. I said
>> I'd wait and normally wouldn't have thought about the 72 months but we
>> don't drive as much as we used to. At this rate we won't hit 90K miles
>> for another 18 months. Any advice on whether changing it on months vs.
>> miles is a good idea? - Orv
>>

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