So I took my car to Goodyear for a simple oil change. I come abck to pick the car up and they tell me I need a new timing belt (which is true. My current one is freaking old and has over 150,000 miles on it) then thay also said I need a new radiator, that I was leaking antifreeze all over. I never saw any on the pavement and I park in the same spot every day....so I'm not so sure about that one. In anycase, how much should I pay for a timing belt and a new radiator, or possibly a patch. And how much is too much?
General price quotes for a new timing belt and a radiator. on 2000 Toyota Camry
by Spotofpaint in Alpharetta, GA on March 24, 2011
ANSWER by patrick mannion on March 24, 2011
I always suggest changing seals, water pump, tensioners ect... when doing a timing belt if replacing the timing belt on a car where the timing belt replacement is a very labor intensive operation. Say for example the timing belt change interval is "change belt every 100,000 miles". If you have 100,000 miles on the engine now you are expecting the oil seals and water pump to last until 200,000 miles. If the oil seal, idler bearings or water pump fail before that you must duplicate all the labor to replace a component that was accessible during the initial labor operation. Basic timing belt only change on your Camry is 3.2 hours, the additional items like seals and water pump all are additional. Radiator replacement is about 1.2 hour labor radiator is probably about $160 plus coolant.
ANSWER by NFAC on March 25, 2011
$816.54 for a new timing belt with the accessories, radiator with cap, coolant and labor, taxes & fees. The water pump, thermostat, oil seals, serpentine belts are additional and may not be required. The radiator may not be required either. I would provide a free inspection if you would like.