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Timing belt replacement

(1995 Toyota Corolla)
in Holland, MI on April 30, 2009
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.
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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.
on April 02, 2013
Please advise. My 1995 Corolla has 250,540 miles on it. Previous owner had the car until 221,000 miles and changed the timing belt at around 100,000 miles. Do I need to have the belt changed, especially if I plan on driving a considerable distance? I maintain the car, changing the oil every 3,000 miles, rotating tires, replacing breaks, and I don't want to be stranded. I have been told different advice--from absolutely NOW!! to it isn't to worry about. If it breaks, then have it replaced. I don't notice any oil leaks but do have a power steering leak.
Thanks!! Do-nut
on April 30, 2009
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.
on May 14, 2009
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
on November 03, 2009
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'
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