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#1235712 - 09/14/08 09:37 AM 2009 Camry 2.4L -- Belt or Chain driven?
Market525 Offline


Registered: 11/25/02
Posts: 312
Loc: Southern Maine
Hopefully some of the Toyota guys out there can answer my question - on the 2.4L 4-cylinder used in the 2009 Camry (possibly other years, not sure) Do these engines use timing belts or timing chains? If a belt, does anyone know the recommended change interval?

Also, any comments on that particular engine in general from current owners would be appreciated, too. Any known issues with the 2009 Camry's?

Thanks,
Steve

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#1235714 - 09/14/08 09:43 AM Re: 2009 Camry 2.4L -- Belt or Chain driven? [Re: Market525]
JTK Offline


Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 7724
Loc: Buffalo, NY
Chain as far as I know. Toyota went that way some time ago.

Joel
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#1235721 - 09/14/08 09:58 AM Re: 2009 Camry 2.4L -- Belt or Chain driven? [Re: JTK]
wantin150 Offline


Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 1899
Loc: Columbia, SC
Second the chain.
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#1235738 - 09/14/08 11:02 AM Re: 2009 Camry 2.4L -- Belt or Chain driven? [Re: wantin150]
Cutehumor Offline


Registered: 12/10/02
Posts: 9234
Loc: USA
chain
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#1236078 - 09/14/08 10:44 PM Re: 2009 Camry 2.4L -- Belt or Chain driven? [Re: Cutehumor]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 18189
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
Chain.

No issues with those engines. The 2009 models already have the latest software update (3rd revision, IIRC) so there will not be any hesitation problems.

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#1236080 - 09/14/08 10:51 PM Re: 2009 Camry 2.4L -- Belt or Chain driven? [Re: Market525]
Jaykim81 Offline


Registered: 08/12/04
Posts: 61
Loc: NY
The 2AZ-FE engine in your car has chain driven camshafts. The newer models have the dual vvt-i system for both the intake and exhaust camshafts.

The engine is very smooth and economical.

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#1236153 - 09/15/08 05:57 AM Re: 2009 Camry 2.4L -- Belt or Chain driven? [Re: Jaykim81]
crinkles Offline


Registered: 05/28/07
Posts: 5500
Loc: Australia
 Originally Posted By: Jaykim81
The 2AZ-FE engine in your car has chain driven camshafts. The newer models have the dual vvt-i system for both the intake and exhaust camshafts.

The engine is very smooth and economical.


chain for my '05.
I have had hesitation once - idling after a long highway trip, it stumbled a bit, but I think I may have gotten a bad batch of fuel. Was no trouble codes when the dealer checked it.

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#1236163 - 09/15/08 06:36 AM Re: 2009 Camry 2.4L -- Belt or Chain driven? [Re: crinkles]
UG_Passat Offline


Registered: 05/27/08
Posts: 1168
Loc: NJ
The only real issue is the VVT-i mechanism---- since it is hydraulic using engine oil--- keeping the oil strainer on the VVT-i assembly free of oil [censored] is key to VVT-i function & reliability.

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#1236190 - 09/15/08 07:57 AM Re: 2009 Camry 2.4L -- Belt or Chain driven? [Re: UG_Passat]
Market525 Offline


Registered: 11/25/02
Posts: 312
Loc: Southern Maine
Thanks guys. A buddy of mine is trying to decide between the 09 Accord 2.4L and the 2.4L 2009 Camry. Not being very familiar with the Camry engine, I just wanted to see what others were experiencing. I am biased toward the Honda, but am trying to listen with an open mind!

UG Passat - you mentioned the VVT-i & oil cleanliness being an issue - same situation with Honda's VTEC. People that tend to neglect cars with few oil changes tend to develop VTEC issues later in the car's life, from what I've seen.

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#1236313 - 09/15/08 11:38 AM Re: 2009 Camry 2.4L -- Belt or Chain driven? [Re: Market525]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 18189
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
 Originally Posted By: Market525
Thanks guys. A buddy of mine is trying to decide between the 09 Accord 2.4L and the 2.4L 2009 Camry. Not being very familiar with the Camry engine, I just wanted to see what others were experiencing. I am biased toward the Honda, but am trying to listen with an open mind!

UG Passat - you mentioned the VVT-i & oil cleanliness being an issue - same situation with Honda's VTEC. People that tend to neglect cars with few oil changes tend to develop VTEC issues later in the car's life, from what I've seen.

Judging from the Accord and Edmunds forums, the Toyota 2.4 is going to return much better fuel economy. However a new 2.5L ? engine is set to launch for the 2010 model year, so if he can wait that one might be worth checking out.

Also, I just test drove a '09 Malibu 2LT yesterday with the 2.4L Ecotec and the six-speed auto. Having driven the Accord 4-cyl, I'd say this combination in the Malibu is just as good as the Accord, and delivers fuel economy that beats the Camry or the Accord. Definitely worth a look.

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#1236356 - 09/15/08 12:54 PM Re: 2009 Camry 2.4L -- Belt or Chain driven? [Re: The Critic]
mechtech2 Offline


Registered: 09/05/06
Posts: 19479
Loc: Chicago Area
I wouldn't let a chain or timing belt be the deciding factor.
That should be very low on the list.

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#1236372 - 09/15/08 01:06 PM Re: 2009 Camry 2.4L -- Belt or Chain driven? [Re: mechtech2]
PandaBear Offline


Registered: 08/05/02
Posts: 12649
Loc: Silicon Valley
I'd say for the current gen Camry and Accord, the Accord is nicer but not as good looking. Both has reliable 4 banger and tranny (V6 is another story). Buy whichever one he likes best.
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#1236376 - 09/15/08 01:16 PM Re: 2009 Camry 2.4L -- Belt or Chain driven? [Re: mechtech2]
Steve S Offline


Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 18449
Loc: East of IGO
 Originally Posted By: mechtech2
I wouldn't let a chain or timing belt be the deciding factor.
That should be very low on the list.
The timing belt change adds XXX$$$ at every recommended belt change interval to the price of owning the car.
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#1236382 - 09/15/08 01:28 PM Re: 2009 Camry 2.4L -- Belt or Chain driven? [Re: Steve S]
tdpark Offline


Registered: 07/25/05
Posts: 464
Loc: New York
Current 4 cyl accord has a chain I beleive. Honda changed to a chain in the 4 cylinders

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#1236397 - 09/15/08 02:18 PM Re: 2009 Camry 2.4L -- Belt or Chain driven? [Re: tdpark]
Eddie Offline


Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 7193
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
Your owners manual should be your first read. So much information, one normally needs to read it twice.
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