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Old 05 May 2006, 07:58 pm   #1 (permalink)
badgolferman
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I had the timing belt replaced on my 97 camry 4 at the dealer last
week. They replaced the power steering and the drive belts too. After
it was all done I noticed the drive/alternator belt was a Bando (Made
in America). Is this a good belt and is it typical of them to use
these belts? Total price was $288.
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Old 06 May 2006, 09:16 am   #2 (permalink)
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Yes.
I've ordered replacement belts using the Toyota part numbers from a
Toyota dealer and installed them myself. They were the Bando brand and
felt quite solid also. I'm sure they meet the factory specifications
and requirements. Looked like good belts to me.
The only thing I say about belts is that the factory maintenance
schedule calls to check belt tension and you might want to tighten them
as needed after a couple thousand miles.
As I've mentioned before, I have the Burroughs belt tension gauge the
factory repair manual recommends and I think it's kind of cool to set
it on the belt and be able to watch the belt tension indicated in
pounds move as you tension it, dialing in just the right number.
There's actually quite a range for acceptable belt tension. Something
like plus or minus twenty pounds, but I don't think I've ever seen
anyone else actually use the gauge - they all just tighten to what
feels about right.
First time I checked I think the belt was apx. 40 lbs. too loose.
Once it's been in use for some time and re tensioned, they seem to stay
fine after that.

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Old 06 May 2006, 12:36 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Earlier on Toyota was using Dayco (you see Dayco printed along side
Toyota). Then they went cheap and went to GoodYear. I can't believe
they are using Bando now!

That's why I go to local parts store or NAPA and buy Gates belts and
hoses. "Gates designed and produced the industry's first V-belt and
today is the world's largest manufacturer of V-belts, timing belts
and serpentine belts. Learn about Gates Micro-V belts, XL® belts,
timing belts and more."

http://www.gates.com/index.cfm?location_id=540

I know Toyota wants to cut costs. But for what Toyota asks for at the
counter, I don't see why you have to get anything like a Bando.

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Old 07 May 2006, 06:43 am   #4 (permalink)
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johngdole@hotmail.com, 5/6/2006,1:36:42 PM, wrote:

> Earlier on Toyota was using Dayco (you see Dayco printed along side
> Toyota). Then they went cheap and went to GoodYear. I can't believe
> they are using Bando now!
>
> That's why I go to local parts store or NAPA and buy Gates belts and
> hoses. "Gates designed and produced the industry's first V-belt and
> today is the world's largest manufacturer of V-belts, timing belts
> and serpentine belts. Learn about Gates Micro-V belts, XL® belts,
> timing belts and more."
>
> http://www.gates.com/index.cfm?location_id=540
>
> I know Toyota wants to cut costs. But for what Toyota asks for at the
> counter, I don't see why you have to get anything like a Bando.


You seem to indicate Bando is cheap stuff, whereas the other responders
say it is good. May I ask how you come to this conclusion? Is it
Gates or nothing?
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Old 07 May 2006, 08:13 pm   #5 (permalink)
Wolfgang
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Bando is good quality -- I would avoid Dayco just because of my experiece
with their Carlise travel trailer tires.

"badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> johngdole@hotmail.com, 5/6/2006,1:36:42 PM, wrote:
>
>> Earlier on Toyota was using Dayco (you see Dayco printed along side
>> Toyota). Then they went cheap and went to GoodYear. I can't believe
>> they are using Bando now!
>>
>> That's why I go to local parts store or NAPA and buy Gates belts and
>> hoses. "Gates designed and produced the industry's first V-belt and
>> today is the world's largest manufacturer of V-belts, timing belts
>> and serpentine belts. Learn about Gates Micro-V belts, XL® belts,
>> timing belts and more."
>>
>> http://www.gates.com/index.cfm?location_id=540
>>
>> I know Toyota wants to cut costs. But for what Toyota asks for at the
>> counter, I don't see why you have to get anything like a Bando.

>
> You seem to indicate Bando is cheap stuff, whereas the other responders
> say it is good. May I ask how you come to this conclusion? Is it
> Gates or nothing?



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