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When shou the timing belt on this car (3.0 dohv V-6 engine) be replaced? Is the belt rubber or metallic?

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At around 60,000 miles it should be changed. The belt is rubber. Remove the camshaft pulley covers. You will see what is known as a serpentine belt as it winds around the pulleys like a snake.

It is a fairly complex job as you need to keep the timing marks exactly where they are, which means jamming th e flywheel or the crank to stop it moving.

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When shou;d the timing belt be replaced


The manufacturer recommends replacement of the timing belt at 105,000 miles.

Due to the high mileage interval and the large amount of labor involved, I highly recommend that when you replace the timing belt, also replace the timing belt component kit and the water pump.

The timing belt component kit consists of the timing belt idler and tensioner pullies. The water pump is also driven by the timing belt. The failure of any one of these components will cause you to have to perform (and/or pay for) the same labor all over again because they will cause the new timing belt to come off.

If you call a shop for an estimate of the cost for replacing your timing belt, make sure they include these items in the estimate. I have seen many shops that will quote you the price of replacing only the belt. This way they will look a lot cheaper than the honest shops that quote the entire job the first time. (Then when you are in the shop and they have your engine torn apart, they hit you with the rest of the story.)

ALSO NOTE: The parts stores and the automotive information system that I use professionally, do not list the 2.5L engine as an interference engine, But I can tell you from experience that they have been known to bend valves if the timing belt breaks or comes off while the engine is running. (that is what an interference engine does) Another HUGE reason to protect your investment by replacing all of the components listed above.

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Does 2005 toyota highlander require timing belt replacement? When?


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What mi interval is a timing belt required?


Are you sure you have a belt, not a metal chain? To my knowledge all the Chrysler V6 engines use a timing chain, which should last the life of the motor. Ask your local auto parts store, they can tell you for sure.
(Don't confuse the timing belt/chain with the serpentine drive belt which runs the air conditioner, water pump, power steering pump, etc. The serpentine belt is always rubber and is visible at the front of the engine (your left as you face the car with the hood open). This should be inspected once a year beginning at 5 years or 60,000 miles, and replaced once it starts showing cracks or wear. If you have never replaced yours, you are due for it now. I just replaced mine on my 2005 T&C with 63,000 miles.)

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How do i replace the timing belt on my '94 Plymouth acclaim?


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2. Disconnect battery
3. Loosen wheel lugs on passenger side front tire
4. Jack car on passenger side to lift wheel of the ground
5. Put a block under the oil pan to support the engine
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