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Old 03-02-2012, 12:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Gen6 Timing Belt Replacement @128k?



Hey folks,

I have a 2007 2.4 L 4-cylinder Camry and have browsed (& searched) the forums and have also read through the owner’s manual. I see that some are posting that at 90K to 100K miles the timing belt should be replaced. Is this a recommendation or is this the actual life that the dealer gives the timing belt? The dealer also recommends an oil change at 3k miles but we all know that's not necessary. My car is in great condition and the only maintenance on the car has been the standard brakes and oil changes, and so forth.

I have checked the timing belt and it still looks good, no cracks, no frays, and is tight. So the question is what is the actual mileage that the timing belt should be replaced and if so should I replace anything else while that's being done, i.e. water pump, spark plugs, etc., as I do not want catastrophic failure on my car...

Any help is appreciated.
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I think you are looking at the accessory drive belt that powers the alternator,AC compressor, power steering pump and waterpump. I believe your engine has a timing chain. Regards
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Your car does not have a timing belt it has a timing chain.

Like stated above the belt you are talking about is the accessory drive belt. This should only be replaced if it is cracked, frayed, or squealing. If it is not any of those leave it alone.

These Camrys are known for going through water pumps by if yours is not leaking I would leave it alone.

You are definitely due for spark plugs. I recommend the factory Denso Plugs you can buy online or at the dealer.

The only other maintenance I recommend is changing your engine coolant (due at 100k), changing transmission fluid (use only Toyota WS fluid), and switch to synthetic oil if you have not already (0W20 Mobil 1 and a good quality oil filter like Purolator, Bosch, or Mobil 1).
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I'm at 200k, havent changed anything. You have a chain, the manual has both 4 and 6cyl maintenance, 6 has the belt (think it still does). There is an external serpentine belt, that could crack, I havent changed that either. I spray the tire shine on it. Not sure if thats good or bad but the belt seems to like it.
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I'm at 200k, havent changed anything. You have a chain, the manual has both 4 and 6cyl maintenance, 6 has the belt (think it still does). There is an external serpentine belt, that could crack, I havent changed that either. I spray the tire shine on it. Not sure if thats good or bad but the belt seems to like it.
All of the Toyota v6s I have looked at the last few years look like they have a timing chain.Regards
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All of the Toyota v6s I have looked at the last few years look like they have a timing chain.Regards
Toyota completely stopped using timing belts in Camrys in 2007.
They finally killed the timing belt in 2010 when the 1URFE replaced the 1UZFE.
Since 2006 the Camry, Solara, Highlander, and Tundra/Sequoia were the only vehicles with Timing Belts.

As for you OP. Do everything I said in the previous post and you will be golden.
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^Not quite. The Highlander Hybrid still had a 3MZ hybrid engine up until 2010, which is a timing belt. The 2011 and newer Highlander Hybrids have the 2GR hybrid engine.

For the 2007 Camry, this is what Toyota recommends for maintenance (normal use):
5,000 miles: Oil change and tire rotation
30,000 miles: Cabin air filter and engine air filter replacement
100,000 miles: Coolant flush (then every 50,000 miles thereafter)
120,000 miles: Spark plugs

Keep in mind that Toyota has no recommendation for changing the power steering fluid, brake fluid, or transmission fluid, but it's a good idea to change those when needed, along with a serpentine belt now and again. All Camrys from 2007 and up use a timing chain, the last year Camry to use a timing belt was 2006, and that was for the V6 engine only. The 4 cylinder Camry hasn't had a timing belt since the 4th generation still had the 5S-FE engine.
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^Not quite. The Highlander Hybrid still had a 3MZ hybrid engine up until 2010, which is a timing belt. The 2011 and newer Highlander Hybrids have the 2GR hybrid engine.

For the 2007 Camry, this is what Toyota recommends for maintenance (normal use):
5,000 miles: Oil change and tire rotation
30,000 miles: Cabin air filter and engine air filter replacement
100,000 miles: Coolant flush (then every 50,000 miles thereafter)
120,000 miles: Spark plugs

Keep in mind that Toyota has no recommendation for changing the power steering fluid, brake fluid, or transmission fluid, but it's a good idea to change those when needed, along with a serpentine belt now and again. All Camrys from 2007 and up use a timing chain, the last year Camry to use a timing belt was 2006, and that was for the V6 engine only. The 4 cylinder Camry hasn't had a timing belt since the 4th generation still had the 5S-FE engine.
True. I thought they switched that in 2010 as well.
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