timing belt or chain on 2004 Toyota Avalon

Hi, Ihave a 2004 toyota avalon with a vvt-1 v6 engine.Ihave been told that it has a timing chain.Is it a chin or belt?Which is true?And how much would it cost to change.THANKS

by in Inman, SC on January 09, 2011
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ANSWER by on January 09, 2011
I believe it is a belt. the belt is around 49 labor is 4.5 hours. i would think about replacing the water pump, thermostat and drive belts a well. Roy
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COMMENT by on January 09, 2011
Also idler pulley, tensioner pulley and tensioner.
ANSWER by on January 09, 2011
1MZFE engine only for that year, it has a timing belt, retail cost of parts, and labor to replace belt water pump antifreeze both cam seals, crank seal tensioner and idlers here in CA is approx $850. Make sure if you are comparing prices that each repair shop quotes for same parts and labor operations.
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