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1999 Toyota Camry Question: How can you tell when the timing belt needs to be replaced?



, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, Knoxville, TN, September 19, 2010, 12:41

How can you tell when the timing belt needs to be replaced?

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    Visitor, September 19, 2010, 13:33

    Dear Anonymous,
    I'm not a mechanic or anything, just a regular jane with a '94 Camry that is closing in on 200thou. I don't think it's really possible to tell when a timing belt needs to be replaced. I replace per the manual every 60,000 miles. Having a belt break is not something I want to experience! Good Luck!

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    DANIELLE BRAKE AND AUTO from Brake and Auto & Transmission Specialist, September 27, 2010, 21:32

    This is something you cold never tell that is why the dealer gives you a specific time to replace your timing belt that should be at 60,000 miles

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    ccsmog from Contra Costa Smog and Repair, January 22, 2011, 22:20

    use the service schedule. There is a way but do not use it as a tell all. If your timing is out of specification, this usually means that your belt has stretched. It can also indicate other wear

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    Visitor, February 06, 2011, 15:44

    All the above answers are the best to go by-some tell tale signs? hard starts,sluggish acceleration,rough idle. The belt is what keeps the crankshaft and valves working in a timely manner so that the proper timing of the spark is also maintained. As your belt wears-usually streach-the valve timing is late causing the above as well as poor fuel mileage too. Although the labor cost may be high the cost of the belt itself is around $40-a cheap fix compared to the towing cost and inconvience if and when you get stranded in possible 20 below temp conditions.

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