1995 Toyota Corolla Q&A
1995 Toyota Corolla Question: timing belt replacement
my corolla 4cy 1.8L has 186000 miles. i had the timing belt (chain?) changed around 80000 miles and wonder do I really need to have it changed again before something happens. It it breaks before replacing will it do any damage to anything else? i'm no longer employed and trying to pinch pennies. Thanks. - sue16
This is a freewheeling engine, meaning that if the belt breaks it will not damage the engine. You will however be stuck and unable to drive the car, and potentially be put into a dangerous situation when it does break, so you should at least have the belt looked at and if it is in bad condition, have it replaced. - Bret Bodas
Prior to 1997 Toyota didn't give an interval at which they said the timing belt "had to be" replaced unless the vehicle was used in severe conditions. After 1998 they said the timing belt needed to be replaced every 90,000 miles. I would replace the belt every 60,000 miles especially as the engine gets older and may be prone to oil leaks. - patrick mannion
Please make sure u do it now. It s 230-250 dollar expenditure but timing belt failure can cost u upwards of a 1000-1500 vucks - Bantu
Wrong Bretb, according to what I have researched, the 1.8 liter Toyota Corolla engine IS an INTERFERENCE engine. You may be mistaking it for the 3.0 liter V6, which is supposed to be non-interference. You may want to change you belt asap 'sue16' - moh2o
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