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#3195316 - 11/22/13 11:06 PM 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt
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Registered: 02/19/13
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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/
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#3195323 - 11/22/13 11:20 PM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
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Registered: 12/10/06
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Other parts are usually replaced as well (tensioner, water pump,etc) whatever is specific to that model
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#3195341 - 11/22/13 11:59 PM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
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Does it need the timing belt now?
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#3195343 - 11/23/13 12:11 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 02/19/13
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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.
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#3195344 - 11/23/13 12:17 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
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Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 18264
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
It probably needs drive belts, seals, water pump and tensioner at that mileage.

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#3195351 - 11/23/13 01:21 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
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Registered: 07/23/08
Posts: 6836
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.

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#3195358 - 11/23/13 02:14 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: crazyoildude]
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Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 18264
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.

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#3195368 - 11/23/13 03:57 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
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Registered: 01/27/04
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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".
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#3195378 - 11/23/13 05:41 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
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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.
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#3195382 - 11/23/13 06:08 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
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Registered: 11/06/09
Posts: 941
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.
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#3195415 - 11/23/13 07:23 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
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Registered: 07/26/04
Posts: 9886
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)
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#3195417 - 11/23/13 07:26 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: cjcride]
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Registered: 12/28/11
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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!!
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#3195431 - 11/23/13 07:45 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: The Critic]
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Registered: 01/17/03
Posts: 1840
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

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#3195433 - 11/23/13 07:46 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: Nick1994]
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Registered: 02/26/11
Posts: 578
Loc: South Florida
While you in there and have it all apart, Definately replace all of the oil seals that are right there!
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#3195450 - 11/23/13 08:03 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry Timing belt [Re: The Critic]
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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!

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