1997 Toyota Camry Q&A
1997 Toyota Camry Question: When is it wise to replace the timing belt-vehicle used under normal conditions?
Owner's manual says to replace it at 60,000 miles if vehicle is operated under extensive idling or low-speed driving for long distances as in heavy commercial use. It does not mention when to replace it if vehicle is operated for personal use under normal conditions, which it is. Never having checked it, I had it replaced at 96,000 miles (Sept 2004)& it cost over $400. The old belt & pulleys still looked like new. Since it is expensive just to have it checked, is there any telltale engine noise that may warn you of a worn timing belt? I now have 200,000 miles & have not checked it since last replaced. Engine runs smooth & quiet as a mouse. - opped
you are overdue and ahve all tensioners and pulleys repl this time around. and no you won't know till it goes unless water pump goes out and starts to leak,and have that repl at the same time - globalhelper
60000miles is about the time to change the belt because if it lets go you could get into major repairs - goodguy