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Question DetailsAsked on 12/26/2012

I have been told that my Toyota car is going to need a very expensive repair of the timing belt just because the mileage is 100K Is it true

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I had to perform the same required maintenance for my Honda when it hit 100K. I wondered the same thing but after asking around, I was informed that this is worth the price. It is my understanding that this is a "must perform" item. The timing belt is like any other belt, in that it wears out over time and must be replaced periodically in order to prevent it from breaking. The timing belt controls the rhythm of your cylinders and valves. If it breaks, the cylinders will smash the valves and the engine will be permanently ruined. If you plan to keep your car a while longer, it would be best to bite the bullet and perform the maintenance. It's expensive because the process requires a good bit of labor.

Answered 7 years ago by Cavalier

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Whether the timing belt actually needs to be replaced on the Chime of 100k miles, depends on the make and model, the age of the car, how it's been used, where it is parked (garage, street). Find an HONEST mechanic and ask. Or find several honest mechanics and ask. [Angie's List is full of recommendations.] Just "asking around" among your friends is not the best approach (unless they love and need and care for your car as much as you do), nor is asking a mechanic with whom you do not have an ongoing and trusting professional relationship.

Some cars will just stop running, at which point you have it towed and have the timing belt replaced. Others might "throw a fit" and self-destruct, perhaps requiring replacement of the entire engine -- but I have found that this is a Scary Story perpetuated by people who think they know a lot about cars and enjoy telling war stories.

Either way, it's expensive. There's a slight possibility that newer cars are designed to make it easy to replace the timing belt; it's not the belt that's expensive, it's the labor time! Getting at this particular belt could require moving most of the engine out of the way. And, of course, moving it back.

Answered 7 years ago by Oleron




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