Chevron Lubricants Q&A

click here to participate in the Chevron Lubricants Q&A

Recent Topics
WHAT ABOUT
by Baseball17
04/21/15 01:46 AM
Can an overheating engine REALLY cause a fire?
by Avery4
04/20/15 10:55 PM
Oil recommendation for Chevy LS7 454 crate engine?
by 340_Magnum
04/20/15 10:44 PM
"High Age" oil
by otis24
04/20/15 10:12 PM
Mobil1 AFE 0w20 in 2014 Mazda3
by adamgirard
04/20/15 09:38 PM
M1 0w-40 in a Saturn SL1
by faramir9
04/20/15 09:21 PM
Big Lots Peak oil BOGO $3.80
by SpeedyG75VW
04/20/15 08:50 PM
Anyone still using uniroyal tires?
by 11crv
04/20/15 08:21 PM
Different gauge clusters on 1984 Caprice
by RyanCreasia
04/20/15 08:14 PM
Desired shift points (with videos)
by sam369
04/20/15 08:05 PM
1996 I30 brake light problem even with new bulbs
by slacktide_bitog
04/20/15 07:43 PM
Anyone know how Castrol 0w-30/40 compares to
by jdavis
04/20/15 07:30 PM
Newest Members
Evie2015, Jimdraper, adamgirard, Overpowered, Msalem
53663 Registered Users
Who's Online
46 registered (bbhero, Bandito440, Al, ARB1977, BigCahuna, 57ChevyLS, 4 invisible), 940 Guests and 192 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
53663 Members
66 Forums
230081 Topics
3682076 Posts

Max Online: 2862 @ 07/07/14 03:10 PM
Donate to BITOG
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#3195316 - 11/22/13 11:06 PM 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 2511
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
I'm buying a 1997 Camry 2.2L automatic tomorrow and will change the timing belt immediately. A Toyota dealer in town has a service coupon for $229.99 to change it, what's the catch? Is it a good deal?

Here's the link to the dealer special:

http://riverviewtoyota.com/Service-Specials/
_________________________
2004 VW Beetle TDI 171k

Top
#3195323 - 11/22/13 11:20 PM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
cmorr Offline


Registered: 12/10/06
Posts: 621
Loc: Exeter Twp, PA
Other parts are usually replaced as well (tensioner, water pump,etc) whatever is specific to that model
_________________________
2008 Focus Mobil 1 5W20 Napa Platinum
2006 Caravan Defy 5W20 Napa Gold
2003 PT Cruiser PYB 5W30 Pureone

Top
#3195341 - 11/22/13 11:59 PM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 12336
Loc: apple valley, ca
Does it need the timing belt now?
_________________________
02 Wrangler qsgb 5w30
87 F250 Diesel Mystic 15w50
04 Tahoe super-s 5w30
Z400 Lucas 10w30
KLR250 Maxima 10w40
Polaris Trailblazer delo 5w40

Top
#3195343 - 11/23/13 12:11 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Chris142]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 2511
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Previous owner has had it for 85k miles and hasn't changed it, it has 185k now. Who knows what the person before him did.
_________________________
2004 VW Beetle TDI 171k

Top
#3195344 - 11/23/13 12:17 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 18116
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
It probably needs drive belts, seals, water pump and tensioner at that mileage.

Top
#3195351 - 11/23/13 01:21 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
crazyoildude Offline


Registered: 07/23/08
Posts: 6558
Loc: new jersey
Be careful with car stealers they may advertise $225.00 but when they open it up and they tell you it needs one of these and 2 of those and..... your bill will go way up. most of them are not so honest as we all know.

Top
#3195358 - 11/23/13 02:14 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: crazyoildude]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 18116
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
Originally Posted By: crazyoildude
Be careful with car stealers they may advertise $225.00 but when they open it up and they tell you it needs one of these and 2 of those and..... your bill will go way up. most of them are not so honest as we all know.

Sure, telling customers what their car really needs is a dishonest practice?

The coupon clearly states to see the dealer for other important details; anyone who is remotely familiar with a timing belt system will know that a complete service will often require more than just the belt. And don't tell me that this is a bait and switch -- if you are not an educated consumer, that's your own darn fault.

You have a serious, unwarranted bias against dealerships. What makes independent shops so great anyway? They lack the continual factory training, availability of tech line for assistance and are unable to provide the service experience that most discerning clients expect. The dealership is almost always the most consistent, safest choice for a quality repair using the proper parts.

Top
#3195368 - 11/23/13 03:57 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
Barkleymut Offline


Registered: 01/27/04
Posts: 2655
Loc: Richmond, VA
Critic - I rarely do this, but wow that is one heck of a good post. Especially the part about being an educated consumer.

If I wanted to buy a fancy $1,000 watch tomorrow, then I would call up one of my buddies that might know a thing or two about watches...because I know NOTHING about them, except that they tell time. Likewise if one of them called me up and said why is my car making this noise, I would tell them to bring it over. It is not anyones (dealers) fault if a consumer doesn't know anything about cars and "feels misled" or "ripped off".
_________________________
09 Vue(95K) 2.4 4spd AT -PU 5w30 / 09 Flex(52K)3.5L PU / Moms car 04 Pilot(105K) 5w20 PP + Puro

Top
#3195378 - 11/23/13 05:41 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
Turk Offline


Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 8507
Loc: MN
My Wife drives the same car, same engine with 200k on the clock. Yea, time to change it, it won't break tomorrow, but it's time anyway.
_________________________
03 GMC Sierra 4x4 200k, M1 TDT
00 Saturn SL2 89 YO Lady Car. 84k Miles! PU
98 Saturn SC2 Rare "Red Hot" PYB
97 Camry 223k Maxlife


Top
#3195382 - 11/23/13 06:08 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
cjcride Offline


Registered: 11/06/09
Posts: 895
Loc: Ontario Canada
Probably sold it rather than do the belt. Most likely original belt in there.
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Previous owner has had it for 85k miles and hasn't changed it, it has 185k now. Who knows what the person before him did.
_________________________



Top
#3195415 - 11/23/13 07:23 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
simple_gifts Offline


Registered: 07/26/04
Posts: 9669
Loc: Middlesex County CT
+1 for The Critic; Dealership did the TB on my friends V8 Tundra for much less than an independent shop. With an engine with so little production @ the time, I didn't want someone with little or no documentation/experience "in there"


Edited by simple_gifts (11/23/13 07:24 AM)
_________________________
2003 Echo >361K miles; CITGO SG blend and some #132
2006 B2300;90K;ALM

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. C. Dickens

Top
#3195417 - 11/23/13 07:26 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: cjcride]
BISCUT Offline


Registered: 12/28/11
Posts: 1653
Loc: NewYorkistan
Belt itself isn't difficult at all. BUT I would seals and pump if it was never done before. Add the belts as well. Careful with the PWR Str belt, mine always seems to slip a bit and loosen on me.

If I just got mine at 185k I would do plugs, wires, cap, fuel filter, PCV and then the timing belt and other belts with seals and pump also. These aren't expensive or difficult. End it with a radiator drain refill (distilled water of course) and ride her for a while.

I would keep a valve cover gasket handy (cheap) as they are know to leak out after a while. Easiest gasket ever to fix!!
_________________________
2010 Nissan Armada/M1 5-30 P1(100k)
2008 BMW 328XI Mobil 1 0-40(82k)
2007 Maxima M1 5-30 FUG (96k)
2004 F-150 Lariat/M1 5-20 P1(96k)


Top
#3195431 - 11/23/13 07:45 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: The Critic]
edwardh1 Offline


Registered: 01/17/03
Posts: 1784
Loc: Coastal South Carolina
Originally Posted By: The Critic
It probably needs drive belts, seals, water pump and tensioner at that mileage.


agree do it all at once

Top
#3195433 - 11/23/13 07:46 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
stro_cruiser Offline


Registered: 02/26/11
Posts: 489
Loc: Coconut Creek, South Florida
While you in there and have it all apart, Definately replace all of the oil seals that are right there!
_________________________
2000 Accord EX-L 4CYL/5MT 153k.
M1 HM 10W30 & Lubegard BioTech with Fram Ultra & Filtermag
Amsoil MTF

Top
#3195450 - 11/23/13 08:03 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: The Critic]
Maximus1966 Offline


Registered: 11/01/10
Posts: 438
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: The Critic
...The dealership is almost always the most consistent, safest choice for a quality repair using the proper parts...


LOL!

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >