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Where is the timing belt located on a toyota celica?

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Assuming your Celica has a belt and not a chain (made from 1988 to 1999,) the timing belt is located behind a plastic cover on the right (passenger) side of the engine. It is not one of the belts that you can readily see; it is hidden behind a protective cover and you have to take off this timing cover as well as the alternator, A/C and power steering belts to get to your timing belt. You will likely also have to remove your right side engine mount. This is a three to four hour job when a mechanic is doing it; it will take someone uninitiated quite a bit longer.

If you are asking where it is located so you can inspect it like the owner's manual tells you to, don't bother. A timing belt that is three months old looks like one that is three years old; the only thing you would be able to tell is if failure were imminent - by looking at the roots of the teeth on the belt to see if the teeth are starting to separate from the rest of the belt. All other observations about the belt are not relevant to an evaluation of its condition; the only exception would be if the belt is getting coolant on it from a failing water pump. On most Celica engines, the timing belt drives the water pump as well as the camshaft.

To have it replaced is a multi-hundred dollar job; how many hundreds depends upon how thorough a job you want done. Timing belts are good for five years or 60,000 miles, so it is prudent (though not strictly necessary) to replace all of the pieces that might fail in the next five years and kill your timing belt - and your engine with it. These things include the timing belt tensioner and/or idler pulleys, water pump, and crankshaft and camshaft oil seals, and maybe the valve cover gasket (some Toyota engines.) Doing these things is foolish if you are planning on selling the car soon; not doing them is foolish if you plan to keep the car for more than two years.

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