2000 Toyota Camry Q&A
2000 Toyota Camry Question: What do I need for my 2000 Toyota Camry V6's 90k service?
The mechanic who does brakes, etc. for me quoted me almost $1,000, saying the timing belt is a big item and needs to be replaced. The dealership told me that they charge $480.95 for the service since my mileage is low per year. But when I asked about the timing belt, he seemed confused and started talking about the timing chain that is in the engine. He told me my car has no timing belt, and maybe he meant the drive belt. I want to know what I definitely should do at this service and whether it is recommended to take it to the dealership. - Biddy123
Some cars have timing chains not belts. While you don't necessarily have to take it to a dealership, if you're not a decent mechanic you should probably take it to a reputable shop. - wrhame83
Your car has a timing belt. Toyota reccomends that it should be replaced at 90k. Most of the time we suggest that the water pump be replaced at the same time to avoid added cost should it fail later. Not sure who is correct in their estimate....its likley one is estimateing more services than the other. Due to age and not knowing the history of prior services I cannot say what estimate is correct. Its like compairing apples and oranges. - milesauto
Mileage is only one part at 90K miles, time is the other. You only get about 6 years out of a timing belt before you risk failure and an ruined engine When replacing the timing belt on the V6 you should replace the water pump as well. Timing belt kits are now sold with a water pump, idler and tensioner pulley plus the timing belt. It takes 4 hours to replace and does cost about $850-1000 depending on additional parts like new serpentine belts, plugs, wires, air, cabin filters...The dealer will tell someone one over the phone that the job is far less expensive then lower the boom when they turn over the keys. No surprise there. - Hal...