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Service light is on. Is this normal service or could it be cam belt

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No its due for a service ,this light has nothing to do with the timing belt

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What milage is a cam belt change toyota avensis tourer 1.8 petrol 2007 model

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Why wont my car stay running after it stars?

what engine???????????????????????????
how many miles on it, ever do the belt service> in the operator guide fo the CAM?
doing a full tuneup BY THE BOOK
is not guessing, its called normal service. so you did that (ALMOST).
but what engine option, and the cam belt , did you do the cam belt service per the book? i bet not.
so can your fast right foot keep it running>? (key word STAY)
the car , is really a TOyota Corolla, made in NUMMI plant in Cal.
the engine used is a TOYOTA.
and is common. 4A names are toyota.
the G engine (GE) has major changes.
that it employed a "slave cam system", the camshafts being geared together and driven off one camshaft's sprocket (both camshafts' sprockets on the G-Engine are rotated by the timing belt)

so i ask you, which engine? FE or GE?
aka; VIN 6 or V5 engines. The vin tells which one you have.
when buying parts they will ask you this. just like me.

on old cars, all, i check compression first.
there are many reasons, AGE and not wanting to run burned head valves into the ground $$$$$$
the service chart lists the belt as 60,000 miles
if not changed in time it will slip, and not run.
and compression drops, or cam stops spinning, is it spinning?

here is the logic
i check for spark first. (it cranks)
i see spark on all 4, ok, that is good.
so i check test fuel, it fails.
i then check compression its 80 not 150
i find the belt slipped. all cars run over the spec range do.
see how far you can get watch Mr. Scotty

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When installing the new timming belt should the left cam pulley be at rest on the timming mark or loaded

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Timing belt replacement

yeah you can do it without the special tools, i work at a dealer and i dont even use the special tools,,,once you get the timing belt cover off,rotate the engine till all the timming marks line up,there are notches on the timing belt backing plate and they match the marks on the cam sprockets,now thew cam all the way to the left is 1 then 2 and 3 and 4 being all the way to the right becarefull the cams have more than one number on them so make sure the #1 on the #1 cam is up and #2 on 2 cam and so forth,otherwise you will bend the valves and ruin your engine,,,the crank sprocket has a mark on it as well as does the oil pump to line it up youll see it thru the passenger side tire well,,,then remove the 13mm nut from the tensioner,its the one all the way to the left under the cam sprocket #1,,and then remove the belt,,,now when u put the new belt on start atthe number 2 cam sprocket and put it on ,,there are no marks on belt to line up so its very important you have all marks on cams and crank lined up,,,then after its on #2 go around the upper tensioner pulley between #2 and #3 cam and make it tight and wrap it on #3 and the #4 sometimes u gotta move the cam a hair to get the teeth to line up on the belt so it goes on but it will all line up perfect in the end,then go around #1 make sure all cam are lined up and belt is tight,,you can not have it off even a tooth,,,then go around #4 to idler and around crank on right side and on left side go around crank too,now i usually use small vise grips with very light pressure to keep the belt on the cams,so they dont jump,,,then pull down on the right and turn crank front 2 teeth and put belt on crank and then put crank back to normal spot and then all you excess slack should be right where the tensioner is at the left that you took off before,keep all the slack there,,,,and the put the tensioner on while holding the belt tight and then use a allen wrench and 13mm wrench to adjust and tighten belt tensioner,,,,make sure all your marks line up,,, osometimes if you havent done this before it may be easier to have another set of hands to help you hold thingss

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Fan belt broke cambelt!

Yes, very true, I should have thought that it would have been sensible procedure, to renew a contaminated fan belt.

I also believe that the cam belt cover should have been removed, to inspect the cam belt, for oil contamination at that time too.
As an oil saturated cam belt would be more consistent to a failure, than a fan belt snapping and getting behind the cover, causing cam belt failure !

You have to seek an appointment with the Dealer Manager, and voice you dissatisfaction with there service, and that the resulting costs would not have been necessary, had my first 2 options above been carried out.
As usual, this smell of shoddy main Dealer Servicing.

By the way, what have they told you the estimated damage is to the engine ?
Normally it would only be a couple of bent valves, requiring, the cylinder head removal, fit new valves, cam belt, fan belt,etc, and reassemble, change oil & filter, & test coolant strength.

Good Luck !

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