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#1 Old 01-25-2009, 08:56 PM
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Question How often do you need to change the timing belt/chain on 97 Corolla?

How often do you need to change the timing belt/chain on 97 Corolla?
I haven't gotten the book yet, and I was curious if anyone here knew the answer.

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the recommended interval is 60000 miles
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oh boy...
Well my car is way past that, 97k here. I've done transmission swaps, clutch replacements, wheel and hub and strut replacements, and manifolds, but never a timing belt/chain. On a scale of one to ten, how bad is a timing belt replacement?

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60,000 miles

Its really bad damage and pricey if it snaps or breaks.
Get it changed.
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60,000 miles

Its really bad damage and pricey if it snaps or breaks.
Get it changed.
On many cars but the 7th gen corolla is not one of them. The 4af/7af motors are non interference. This means the pistons can never hit the valves.
If the belt snaps, the engine dies, but you put a new belt on and off you go again. Not the end of the world. Just change it in time if you don't want to be stranded. The manual says do it every 60k but I did mine at 120k when the water pump went. Belt showed its age but wasn't about to fail yet. But that was my belt, just inspect it every so often and if its looking questionable, change it.

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Thanks for all of the good advice!
Now is this is weird for me to say, because every car I've had up until this Corolla, I've been under the hood at least once a week or so. However, now that i have this car, it is 500% more reliable than the other cars that I have had in the past. All in all, the question I am getting to: Is the timing belt on the outside of the motor, similar to the alternator belt, or is it internal like on some other 4 cyl engines? I imagine, based on the last posts, it must be on the outside, but confirmation would be nice.

(I'll be getting the manual soon, I promise! lol)

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I suggest every 90k for a 7afe. But at the same time, it all depends on geography, weather, driving habits, etc lol

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60k if you have OCD maybe... 80k I believe is what is in the manual, if not 100k.
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60k if you have OCD maybe... 80k I believe is what is in the manual, if not 100k.
Difference between canadian recomendations and us I guess based on climate.



As for the belt being outside like the alternator belt, no. Not at all. You have to pull the valve cover off, the belts for the alternator, water pump, and power steering. Then the crank pulley needs to be pulled off. Then you remove all the black covers on the side of the motor and the belt is under it. Line it up according to the specs in the manual and reassemble. If the car has higher mileage, not a bad idea to think about doing the water pump at the same time.

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The timing belts for the 4afe and the 7afe are 6yrs or 60k miles for replacement intervals. The belts are not that hard to replace if you have some mechanical skills. The most difficult parts are getting the belt around the motor mount and making sure the timing belt tensioner have correct tension. It is recommended to check the water pump and timing belt tensioner when replacing the t-belt. Make sure the water pump is not leaking and that the tensioner bearing spins freely; if not replace it. If the water pump is leaking; replace it! When replacing the water pump it is also recommended that the thermostat be swapped out as well.

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I had 140k on mine before it blew..then the tow was covered by insurance and I got it replaced for 400

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Take 10 minutes and remove the top belt cover, rotate the engine and check the condition of the belt. How long a belt will last depends on mileage, age, conditions it was exposed to, and brand of belt installed. A coworker had a Tercel that he bought new and when it was totalled from a rear end collision at 240,000 miles, it still had the original timing belt and ran like new.

Although the Toyota maintenance schedule may call for replacement at 60,000 miles, most timing belts made now are good for a minimum of 90,000 miles and most likely will last much longer.

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minor hijack - how important is it to get an OEM belt, water pump, idler, etc.? Or is it worth it to buy those kits off ebay? like this one:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...3AIT&viewitem=
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I go to Napa auto or maybe another store. I like to get a good lifetime warranty with the Water Pump. Also, with Napa you know the quality of the belt and tensioner.

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