1997 Toyota Camry Q&A
1997 Toyota Camry Question: is this a non-inteferance motor?
If the timing belt would break, would it destroy the engine? I have different answers from different dealers. - Visitor
The 3.0L V-6 is a free-wheeling (non-interference) engine. Toyota recommends to replace the timing belt at 90,000 miles, however in normal circumstances valve to piston damage will NOT occurs. Zee Here is what I have for all Toyota engines: Interference/non-interference 1.5L (1A-C, 3A-C & 3E) Interference 1.5L (3E-E & 5E-FE) Free-Wheeling 1.6L DOHC (4A-F & 4A-FE) Interference 1.6L DOHC (4A-GE & 4A-GZE) Free-Wheeling 1.6L SOHC Free-Wheeling 1.8L Diesel Interference 1.8L DOHC Gasoline Interference 2.0L Free-Wheeling 2.2L Diesel Interference 2.2L Gasoline Free-Wheeling 2.4L Diesel Interference 2.5L Free-Wheeling 2.8L Free-Wheeling 3.0L Inline 6 (Except 1998 2JZ-GE) Free-Wheeling 3.0L Inline 6 VVT-i (1998 2JZ-GE) Interference 3.0L V6 Free-Wheeling 3.3L V6 Free-Wheeling 3.4L Free-Wheeling 4.7L Interference From this it looks like the only 3.0L 6 cyl. VVT-i (1998 2JZ-GE) is an interference engine, but it is an inline engine, not a V6. Zee - ZeeTech
My timing book says this is an interference motor. I would not suggest you wait till the belt to break? - candaautomotive