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1997 Toyota Camry Question: is this a non-inteferance motor?



, 3.0L V6, Phoenix, AZ, January 10, 2011, 11:54

If the timing belt would break, would it destroy the engine? I have different answers from different dealers.

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    January 10, 2011, 12:07

    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.


    Here is what I have for all Toyota engines:

    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.


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    candaautomotive from C and A Automotive, January 10, 2011, 13:06

    My timing book says this is an interference motor. I would not suggest you wait till the belt to break?

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