2000 V6 Timing Belt Questions

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Old 09 Oct 2006, 03:58 pm   #1 (permalink)
Anthony Fremont
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Hello all, I'm new here. I guess my 2000 V6 Camry is getting a little
long in the tooth though, so I'll probably be in and out of here from
here on out.

I was reading another post about changing the timing belt and also doing
the water pump as well as some other things at the same time. My 2000
V6 is getting close to 60K miles and I'm thinking it's time to start
considering this. My question is, "Do I need any special tools?" to do
the work. I don't mind shelling out the $200 for good parts, but the
thought of paying a dealer $1000 is keeping me awake at night. ;-)
Anything special I need to know about cam/crank seal replacement?

Anything else I should fix while I'm in there...plugs...wires? Is my
engine an interference type?

BTW, I just had the check engine light come on for the first time. Code
P0135 was the culprit. Pulled the rear O2 sensor and verified open
circuit in heater wires. Shelled out $150 for a new sensor and put it
in. So far so good. :-) Probably should have bought the cheaper
sensor and just spliced and soldered the wires since the new one was too
long anyway.

Thanks for any advice


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Old 10 Oct 2006, 10:18 am   #2 (permalink)
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On Mon, 9 Oct 2006 15:58:51 -0500, "Anthony Fremont"
<guess@nowhere.com> wrote:

>Hello all, I'm new here. I guess my 2000 V6 Camry is getting a little
>long in the tooth though, so I'll probably be in and out of here from
>here on out.
>
>I was reading another post about changing the timing belt and also doing
>the water pump as well as some other things at the same time. My 2000
>V6 is getting close to 60K miles and I'm thinking it's time to start
>considering this. My question is, "Do I need any special tools?" to do
>the work. I don't mind shelling out the $200 for good parts, but the
>thought of paying a dealer $1000 is keeping me awake at night. ;-)
>Anything special I need to know about cam/crank seal replacement?
>


I have a 2000 Avalon with 100K miles. I had a timing belt
replacement, new spark plugs, transmission and radiator flush and fill
and tire rotation done at the local Toyota dealer for under $750. The
price quotes ranged up to $1600. The dealer was cheaper than any of
the independents. They also inspected the car and said nothing else
needed doing. This was in overpriced California.

>Anything else I should fix while I'm in there...plugs...wires? Is my
>engine an interference type?
>
>BTW, I just had the check engine light come on for the first time. Code
>P0135 was the culprit. Pulled the rear O2 sensor and verified open
>circuit in heater wires. Shelled out $150 for a new sensor and put it
>in. So far so good. :-) Probably should have bought the cheaper
>sensor and just spliced and soldered the wires since the new one was too
>long anyway.
>
>Thanks for any advice
>

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Old 10 Oct 2006, 11:35 am   #3 (permalink)
Anthony Fremont
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george wrote:

> I have a 2000 Avalon with 100K miles. I had a timing belt
> replacement, new spark plugs, transmission and radiator flush and fill
> and tire rotation done at the local Toyota dealer for under $750. The
> price quotes ranged up to $1600. The dealer was cheaper than any of
> the independents. They also inspected the car and said nothing else
> needed doing. This was in overpriced California.


Firstly, thanks for the reply. But, that's still way to much money to
pay someone to do a job that I'm fairly sure I can do myself. I'm
greedy like that I suppose. My camry was covered by a warranty until
last month (naturally the O2 sensor died this month), so I haven't
purchased a service manual yet. I'm just curious if I need any special
tools (pullers or what have you) or advice/warnings/gotchas etc. to do
the timing belt and water pump replacements.


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Old 10 Oct 2006, 11:42 pm   #4 (permalink)
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what the hell is your dealer charging you for labor in PA it is about 70
dollars per hour and
it is a four hour job/ so about 280 plus parts which ain't no 700 dollars/
"Anthony Fremont" <guess@nowhere.com> wrote in message
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> Hello all, I'm new here. I guess my 2000 V6 Camry is getting a little
> long in the tooth though, so I'll probably be in and out of here from here
> on out.
>
> I was reading another post about changing the timing belt and also doing
> the water pump as well as some other things at the same time. My 2000 V6
> is getting close to 60K miles and I'm thinking it's time to start
> considering this. My question is, "Do I need any special tools?" to do
> the work. I don't mind shelling out the $200 for good parts, but the
> thought of paying a dealer $1000 is keeping me awake at night. ;-)
> Anything special I need to know about cam/crank seal replacement?
>
> Anything else I should fix while I'm in there...plugs...wires? Is my
> engine an interference type?
>
> BTW, I just had the check engine light come on for the first time. Code
> P0135 was the culprit. Pulled the rear O2 sensor and verified open
> circuit in heater wires. Shelled out $150 for a new sensor and put it in.
> So far so good. :-) Probably should have bought the cheaper sensor and
> just spliced and soldered the wires since the new one was too long anyway.
>
> Thanks for any advice
>
>



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Old 11 Oct 2006, 11:42 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Did the dealer replace the pulleys and the oil seals? How about the
water pump? Timing belt only coupon price is about $270.

george wrote:
> I have a 2000 Avalon with 100K miles. I had a timing belt
> replacement, new spark plugs, transmission and radiator flush and fill
> and tire rotation done at the local Toyota dealer for under $750. The
> price quotes ranged up to $1600. The dealer was cheaper than any of
> the independents. They also inspected the car and said nothing else
> needed doing. This was in overpriced California.
>
> >Anything else I should fix while I'm in there...plugs...wires? Is my
> >engine an interference type?
> >


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Old 12 Oct 2006, 12:07 am   #6 (permalink)
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Take a look at the 1MZFE section of the many engines on the free online
repair guide. The guide goes up to 96, but the engines are basically
the same. See if this is something you want to take on.

http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBr...3d8013e607.jsp

You should have/borrow an assortment of tools, including 1/2" 2-ft long
breaker bar ($10), 1/2" 20"-extension bar ($17), cam pulley holder
($25), crank pulley holder (SCH64300, $59.95) which requires another
breaker bar ($10), floor jack/stands.

www.harborfreight.com
www.sears.com/tools
www.sjdiscounttools.com/sch64300.html

I think the crank bolt is about 160 lbft. After a few years requires a
lot more than that to remove it.


>From www.rockauto.com. Check parts applicability for the 2000 V6:

GATES TCK257 timing component kit $89.79
FEL-PRO TCS45890 crank seal $6.27
FEL-PRO TCS45889 cam seal set $8.55
GATES K060410 Alt/AC belt $13.09
GATES K040345 PS belt $8.61
ASCO/AISIN Part # 1610029085 water pump $61.79
(I personally prefer the Airtex pump from the local NAPA store. Use OEM
coolant and distilled water only. I'll try the new Prestone all-makes
non-Dexcool extended life coolant in the future.)
Total ~$188 + shipping

If needed:
FEL-PRO VS50471R valve cover set (with spark plug tube seals) $30.79


Anthony Fremont wrote:
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> Firstly, thanks for the reply. But, that's still way to much money to
> pay someone to do a job that I'm fairly sure I can do myself. I'm
> greedy like that I suppose. My camry was covered by a warranty until
> last month (naturally the O2 sensor died this month), so I haven't
> purchased a service manual yet. I'm just curious if I need any special
> tools (pullers or what have you) or advice/warnings/gotchas etc. to do
> the timing belt and water pump replacements.


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Old 12 Oct 2006, 12:21 am   #7 (permalink)
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Denso heated thimbles seem to have problems from the start. TSBs
suggest they had also caused catalytic converter failures. I am
surprised that Toyota didn't extend the warranty like they did on the
oil sludge problem, just to ensure customer satisfaction

I'd use only Bosch planar sensors when available. These have vent holes
only at the tip. They use less heater power, light up faster, and are
more resistant to contamination because of the planar design. Those
Densos went where they belong in the first place, in the trash.

http://www.boschautoparts.com/Produc...nsors/PlanarO2

Anthony Fremont wrote:
> BTW, I just had the check engine light come on for the first time. Code
> P0135 was the culprit. Pulled the rear O2 sensor and verified open
> circuit in heater wires. Shelled out $150 for a new sensor and put it
> in. So far so good. :-) Probably should have bought the cheaper
> sensor and just spliced and soldered the wires since the new one was too
> long anyway.
>
> Thanks for any advice


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Old 12 Oct 2006, 12:47 am   #8 (permalink)
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See TN threads at the bottom of this page for info on timing belts.

Check the link below for service manuals:

http://oregonstate.edu/~tongt/camry


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Old 12 Oct 2006, 10:32 pm   #9 (permalink)
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Not to step on any toes. But With only 60K miles I would just change the
belt. At the next belt replacement (120K) I would replace the
WP/belt/tensioner & crank & cam seals

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Old 13 Oct 2006, 12:22 pm   #10 (permalink)
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On Thu, 12 Oct 2006 23:32:29 -0400, "sqdancerLynn"
<sqdancerlynn1@verizon.net> wrote:

>Not to step on any toes. But With only 60K miles I would just change the
>belt. At the next belt replacement (120K) I would replace the
>WP/belt/tensioner & crank & cam seals


My 2000 Avalon V6 manual calls for timing belt replacement at 90,000
miles.
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