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Old 28 Jun 2006, 06:27 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I recently had a local service station change the oil, filter, and
balance and rotate the tires. He pointed out that the "engine belt"
was worn (62,000) and needed to be replaced. He replaced it. When I
left the station I noticed that at stop lights while the engine was
simply at idle it shook as did the steering wheel as though the car was
about to stall out. Brought it back to the service station and he
acted kind of dumb suggesting it was just coincidence. Finally
muttered something about one of the pulleys the belt was conneced to.
I'm taking into a dealer. Anybody have any thoughts or suggestions?
Thanks

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Old 28 Jun 2006, 06:38 pm   #2 (permalink)
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jim wrote:
> I recently had a local service station change the oil, filter, and
> balance and rotate the tires. He pointed out that the "engine belt"
> was worn (62,000) and needed to be replaced. He replaced it. When I
> left the station I noticed that at stop lights while the engine was
> simply at idle it shook as did the steering wheel as though the car was
> about to stall out. Brought it back to the service station and he
> acted kind of dumb suggesting it was just coincidence. Finally
> muttered something about one of the pulleys the belt was conneced to.
> I'm taking into a dealer. Anybody have any thoughts or suggestions?
> Thanks




Do you mean the serpentine belt for the alternator, A/C and power
steering or the timing belt?
The serpentine belt is visible from outside the engine, the timing belt
is internal and can not be seen without taking off a cover.

if it is the timing belt, it sounds like he either missed a gear tooth
when putting the belt on, or he didn't mark the old position and failed
to time the engine correctly.

I don't like local service stations or dealers for repairs, but
sometimes that is all you have. Are there any reputable independent
repair shops in your area? I could suggest several in Austin, TX.

Pat
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Old 29 Jun 2006, 01:08 am   #3 (permalink)
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First of all, ask for the coupon price or package price (even if you
don't have the coupon). Now that you'll have this thing apart, go for
the complete package (water pump, seals, idlers). The timing belt is
about $30, makes no sense to reuse the one installed wrong and may have
been damaged due to improper installation.

The station messed up the timing belt installation. Wrong timing or
belt tension for starters. Changing a timing belt even long before of
the 90K-mile recommendation (like 60K) usually results in a smoother,
quieter engine and new found power, not the other way around.

Many of us here do not care for dealer service departments (often
overpriced craps shoot at best). Finding a good independent mechanic or
learning to do the work ourselves are preferred ways of maintaining our
cars.

Do check local indepents specializing in Toyota, ask for references.
These timing belt jobs are supposed to be easy. Local service stations
"specializing in everything" is not the place.



jim wrote:
> I recently had a local service station change the oil, filter, and
> balance and rotate the tires. He pointed out that the "engine belt"
> was worn (62,000) and needed to be replaced. He replaced it. When I
> left the station I noticed that at stop lights while the engine was
> simply at idle it shook as did the steering wheel as though the car was
> about to stall out. Brought it back to the service station and he
> acted kind of dumb suggesting it was just coincidence. Finally
> muttered something about one of the pulleys the belt was conneced to.
> I'm taking into a dealer. Anybody have any thoughts or suggestions?
> Thanks


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Old 29 Jun 2006, 06:52 am   #4 (permalink)
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Why dont you just tell him to fix it, and dont pay. Nobody here can
diagnose it, you dont even say Which belt was done. Or stop payment and
have someone else do it.

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