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1999 Rav 4. Replaced the timing belt at 90,000 m. two years ago. It is now at 120,000 m. Mechanic says it needs a timing belt. I think this is to short. The belt should last 90,000 (or more) or another 4 years.

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  • CarySchroeder May 11, 2010

    Why did mechanic say you needed timing belt replaced? Is there some other underlying reason, or is he just low on work and trying to make a buck?



    If no other reason, I'd say put it of a while. On an older vehicle, you have to decide if you (1) do maintenance work to keep it running or (2) drive it into the ground. If vehicle is worth $1000, for instance, do you pour $500 into it to change the timing belt? (I don't have a clue as to the value of your vehicle, but the timing belt change is probably that much at a mechanic?)

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If all other parts were were new this would be true, however as things wear, pullys and other parts insdie the timing cover can shorten the life of the belt. If he looked and saw something and he thought it need to be changed then let him change it and ask him why. It may need a new pully to make the belt last longer. On some engines there are things that wear the belt out the older they get. Also factory belts tend to last longer than after market, some people have the cheep belt installed to save money but in the end they pay to replace the belt sooner. Hope this helps, alwasy ask you mechanic why he is doing it. If he does not give you a reason then go somewhere else.

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Well....in a perfect world that would be nice but Unfortunately one can never predict when a mechanical part is going to start to fail.
Maybe the next one will last 60,000 miles.
Who knows.


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