Recent Topics
2004 VW TDI Beetle
by Nick1994
08/01/14 11:16 PM
No reading on dipstick. Amsoil 5w-20
by wjason777
08/01/14 10:41 PM
Curing Coho Salmon.
by 123Saab
08/01/14 09:29 PM
ATF cooler orientation
by zorobabel
08/01/14 09:29 PM
Oil consumption with M1 AFE 0w30?
by Johnny248
08/01/14 09:28 PM
Valvoline Dino 75w-90 GL-5 20k mi Forester 5MT
by Bandito440
08/01/14 08:59 PM
Won a Juice Extractor today.
by GumbyJarvis
08/01/14 08:37 PM
Smitty's Super S Multiflo 5w-30 is !0% synthetic
by NormanBuntz
08/01/14 08:30 PM
Oil for extreme short trip vehicle
by Oldtom
08/01/14 07:49 PM
Ruger 10/22 naysayers..
by OtisBlkR1
08/01/14 07:07 PM
'96 Corolla 3 Quarts Low on Oil.
by Turk
08/01/14 06:50 PM
Oh man... This isn't good.
by CHARLIEBRONSON21
08/01/14 06:47 PM
Newest Members
chkm8, wjason777, glgoodwin22, RandyG99, wamaty
50828 Registered Users
Who's Online
89 registered (97f150, 901Memphis, 6starprez, 13Tacoma, 77GrandPrix, 97tbird, 9 invisible), 1397 Guests and 218 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
50828 Members
64 Forums
217190 Topics
3420161 Posts

Max Online: 2862 @ 07/07/14 03:10 PM
Donate to BITOG

Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#3205840 - 12/04/13 09:37 AM 185k miles on a timing belt?
Nick1994 Online   content


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 831
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
I just bought a 1997 Toyota Camry 2.2L with 185k miles. Previous owner had it for about 80k and never touched it, I changed it yesterday and I think it's the original timing belt. It was cracked all the way around really bad and was a bit more stretched than the new one. I changed the tensioner pulley and idler pulley which were labeled Japan on them so I'm thinking original as well. Also put on a thermostat and water pump. Do you think it's original?


_________________________
2004 VW TDI Beetle 158k
(Yeah it's a chick car but it gets me 40 mpg)

1997 Toyota Camry 2.2L 5SFE 197k - PU (Sold)

Top
#3205845 - 12/04/13 09:41 AM Re: 185k miles on a timing belt? [Re: Nick1994]
exranger06 Offline


Registered: 01/25/08
Posts: 2515
Loc: Guilford, CT
Yes, I think it was probably original.
_________________________
2006 Ford Ranger Sport -54k mi
1992 Honda Accord EX -172k mi
1994 Ford Explorer Sport -189k mi
1994 Ford Bronco XLT (project)

Top
#3205850 - 12/04/13 09:47 AM Re: 185k miles on a timing belt? [Re: Nick1994]
threeputtpar Offline


Registered: 08/04/11
Posts: 1458
Loc: Appleton, WI
If the car has been in the dry part of AZ all of its life, it may not be the original. Dry rot on the belt wouldn't take too long, and being 16 years old, it may have been changed half way through and the original may have looked like that after 8 years too.

If the previous PO had it done at the dealer, the new parts may also have been stamped Japan, or they may have suggested that the non belt parts can go two intervals and they are original yet.
_________________________
2013 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite - Citgo Synguard 0W-20 and Premium Guard PG4610
2003 Audi A6 2.7t - M1 0W-40 and Champ PH453 (RockAuto closeout)

Top
#3205851 - 12/04/13 09:47 AM Re: 185k miles on a timing belt? [Re: Nick1994]
R80RS Offline


Registered: 06/05/13
Posts: 467
Loc: Wisconsin USA
Highly likely original, but of course can't say for sure. I think you dodged a bullet from the looks of that belt. Is this an interference engine?
_________________________
2004 F150 184k mi. Amsoil XL 5w-20, Fram Ultra
2004 Freestar 233k mi. M1 HM 5w-20, Napa Platinum
2003 VW Jetta TDI, 147k mi. Rotella T6 5w-40, Mahle

Top
#3205853 - 12/04/13 09:48 AM Re: 185k miles on a timing belt? [Re: Nick1994]
morepwr Offline


Registered: 01/17/12
Posts: 1196
Loc: ventura, ca
You just saved that cars life if it is an interference engine!

Top
#3205862 - 12/04/13 10:00 AM Re: 185k miles on a timing belt? [Re: Nick1994]
bepperb Offline


Registered: 01/10/08
Posts: 4632
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
I think it's not an interference engine. I think my parent's never changed theirs and it broke somewhere around that point in a restaurant parking lot. They had it towed to a dealer and it was only something like 400 bucks for the timing belt replacement. I would guess it was around 2001 on a 1994 Camry I4, probably around 200,000 miles.


Edited by bepperb (12/04/13 10:00 AM)
_________________________
2004 Highlander 2.4
2011 Toyota Sienna 3.5
Recently Gone:
2006 Accord 2.4l K24A8
1993 Kawi EX 500

Top
#3205867 - 12/04/13 10:02 AM Re: 185k miles on a timing belt? [Re: Nick1994]
Hokiefyd Offline


Registered: 06/24/04
Posts: 10784
Loc: North Carolina
It is probably original. I did the belt on our Acura MDX earlier this year. It had 92k miles, but 8 years, on the belt. The owner's manual says to change it at 105k/7 years, and our Acura had lived in the desert southwest for much of its life.

The belt came off looking like new. So did every other part I replaced (tensioner, pulleys, water pump). I found it very feasible that it could have gone double the time and miles.

The condition of yours with about double the time and miles correlates very well with what I saw with our Acura.
_________________________
Cheers,
Jason

Top
#3205876 - 12/04/13 10:06 AM Re: 185k miles on a timing belt? [Re: threeputtpar]
Nick1994 Online   content


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 831
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
It lived in Colorado most of its life, last 2-3 years in AZ

Luckily it isn't an interference motor.
_________________________
2004 VW TDI Beetle 158k
(Yeah it's a chick car but it gets me 40 mpg)

1997 Toyota Camry 2.2L 5SFE 197k - PU (Sold)

Top
#3205900 - 12/04/13 10:24 AM Re: 185k miles on a timing belt? [Re: Nick1994]
JOD Offline


Registered: 09/10/09
Posts: 3069
Loc: PNW/WA
I put over 240K on a t-belt on the 2.0L Camry engine--similar age. So, it's not surprising. Not being an interference motor, there's wasn't a lot of motivation to change it!

Top
#3205932 - 12/04/13 10:46 AM Re: 185k miles on a timing belt? [Re: Nick1994]
zzyzzx Offline


Registered: 05/18/12
Posts: 1569
Loc: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
I also suspect that it's the original, and I also figure on changing the one in the 2000 4 cylinder Camry that I maintain at around 150K miles.

Top
#3205936 - 12/04/13 10:49 AM Re: 185k miles on a timing belt? [Re: Nick1994]
440Magnum Offline


Registered: 02/01/09
Posts: 6099
Loc: Texas
I bet its original- some engines just aren't very hard on timing belts. I always changed the belt in or old Chrysler 3.5, but when I did it always looked practically brand new (every 90k miles). I bet it could have easily gone 200k.
_________________________
'66 Dodge Polara & '69 Dodge Coronet R/T both 440/727
'08 Ram 1500 4.7/545RFE
'12 Challenger SRT8 392/6-speed
'99 Cherokee 4.0, '11 Grand Cherokee 3.6

Top
#3205999 - 12/04/13 11:51 AM Re: 185k miles on a timing belt? [Re: Nick1994]
hypervish Offline


Registered: 04/20/10
Posts: 1470
Loc: new jersey
Yup, look's original to me.
_________________________
2000 Lexus RX300 AWD 209k miles
PP w/ Pure Plus 5W-30
Tranny - Castrol Transmax IMV / Toyota Type IV
Transfer Case and Rear LSD - Royal Purple 75w-90

Top
#3206069 - 12/04/13 01:02 PM Re: 185k miles on a timing belt? [Re: Nick1994]
hattaresguy Offline


Registered: 06/01/11
Posts: 4881
Loc: CT
Looks original, I did one years ago on a VW that looked as bad as that.

Top
#3206082 - 12/04/13 01:12 PM Re: 185k miles on a timing belt? [Re: Nick1994]
Nick R Offline


Registered: 07/14/09
Posts: 10425
Loc: Amherst, OH
It does look original. I would be terrified of driving an engine with a timing belt that old though, good god.

Edit: WOOOOOOT! 10,000th post! >:D
_________________________
13 Ford Focus SE 2.0L/31,000miles/Pennz Plat PurePlus 0W-20/FRAM Ultra
13 Chevy Traverse 3.6L/13,000mi/QSUD 5W-30/FRAM Ultra
11 Chevy Cruze 1.4T/32k

Top
#3206416 - 12/04/13 05:46 PM Re: 185k miles on a timing belt? [Re: Nick1994]
artificialist Offline


Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 6580
Loc: Florida
I once had to replace a timing belt on a Toyota Tercel that was older than this car, and the belt on that Tercel looked far better than the one on your Camry.

Replace that belt ASAP. Replace the water pump at the same time, and I suggest new pulleys and tensioners.

Yes, the parts could be OEM because they were made in Japan, but I have dealt with aftermarket Toyota parts that also came from Japan.

I learned what a timing belt was back in 1994. The one in mom's 1985 Maxima snapped, and did more damage to the engine than the car was worth. I had an emotional attachment to that car, and that is what makes me hate timing belts with a burning passion. If that car was boring, I guess I wouldn't have cared so much.
_________________________
2010 Lancer Ralliart Sportback

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >