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Q: Timing Belt on 1999 Toyota Camry

My 99 Camry I4 has 167,000 miles on it. I was thinking of changing the timing belt because I don't know if the previous owner replaced it or not, I do not want to take the chance. Can you tell me which parts I would need (tensioners, seals, water pump, etc). If possible, would you know how much everything should cost? Thanks.
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If you don't want to spend the money take a look at the belt first. Only take off what you need to see part of the belt. If its's oily, cracked, thin, or has lots of material around it in the case, replace it. If not it's been replaced.
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The 5SFE engine is a non interference fit engine valves do cot contact the pistons if the timing belt fails (good news).
The parts advisable to change if you plan on keeping this car long term are the timing belt,approx $30-$40 (fan belts if necessary approx $40 to $55) crankshaft seal approx $5, cam seal approx $5, tensioner approx $45, idler bearing approx $36, water pump approx $60 to 80 and antifreeze $15 plus taxes plus a repair shop will charge about 4 to 4.5 hours labor.
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Your engine does indeed have two crankshaft seals one at the timing belt end of the engine and one at the transmission end of the engine which would require the transmission to be removed to be fitted (would not be part of a timing belt replacement).
I never assume the previous owner did anything. Unfortunately people are often neglectful.It is how ever unlikely the timing belt would have lasted until now if someone had not replaced the belt by now.
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If the timing belt was never replaced it would hardly last until now but if you have no actual record of it being changed for piece of mind it may be est to replace it. These are a non interference fit engine (if the belt brakes it does not destroy the engine).
There are two crankshaft seals one at the front of the engine and one behind the flywheel/transmission side of the engine.
Is there only one crankshaft seal? I thought there were two for my car, someone had told me. Also, when I bought this car, it had 125000 miles on it, and now it has 167000 miles. Would it be a good idea to change the timing belt right now because I was thinking that since I do not know if the previous owner did this job or not, but even if they hadn't, the timing belt wouldn't have lasted me until now, right? Can I assume that the previous owner must have done it, which would give me some time to do this job? I'm just concerned if I should get this job done right away or not. Thanks.
You are always better off getting a timing set so that you get tensioners and belt. Water pump, thermostat, timing cover set w/ seals and reg belts would all be good. be looking around $200 bucks, be much cheaper than a new engine if that belt goes.
yes i would change it win u do change it its easy job i would change the water pump at da same time 2
The timing belt could have easily lasted this long. If I were you, and I'm not, but if I was, I would change it.
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