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Timing belt replacement

I went to the dealership where I got my car because I was having car problems and they said that there were several things that needed to be done. The timing belt, radiator, and water pump needed replacing. They wanted to charge over $1000.00 to do the job and I could not believe it. My dad is planning on doing the job because he always works on his cars and never lets anyone else touch them. What is your opinion concerning the timing belt? That is my main concern because I know it is a meticulous job and is crucial to the function of the car when replacing. I've been reading up online but have yet to find anything on the make and model of my car. I just don't want to let someone do the job who charges through the roof because it is such a tedious process when my dad could do the job with no labor charges.

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  • jsu0084n May 12, 2009

    Well the main problem was the radiator. Steam was coming off the engine as I was driving the car and I pulled over and the car was towed to the dealership. Diagnostics was done on the car and other problems showed up...the timing belt and the water pump. He has done them before but never on a toyota.

  • jsu0084n May 12, 2009

    Yes that is what they said. The car is a 2000 v6 Toyota Camry Solara and it has about 103,000 miles on it. They said that it is regular maintenance to have it done on that car around 100,000 miles. That is what they said about the water pump. It is best to just do both the belt and water pump together considering what has to be done. Is the location of the timing belt very difficult to get to? I imagine that a few things are going to have to be taken out of the car in order to do the job.

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    Dave C May 11, 2010

    Well, I imagine they recommended the belt because of the mileage you have on the car (?) and the waterpump is usually done at the same time because you have to take the same area apart to do it, it's just wise to do them together. If your dad has done them (plural is good :-), he shouldn't have much trouble with this one.

    Which engine is it, mileage?


  • Dave  C
    Dave C May 11, 2010

    What kind of problems were you having before you went in? Has your dad ever done a timing belt before?

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It's not the easiest belt to do, I think it has the grenade style hydraulic tensioner, which is not a big deal if you know how to reload them, but if he's done timing belts before, it should all go OK if he takes his time. If you need info on the tensioner or anything else, just let me know. I would suggest registering the car for free at autozone, I'm pretty sure they have a manual for this job/car available. Also, check ebay for parts, some sellers have timing belt kits that include pumps....very cheap!

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