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Old 10-26-2008, 08:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Interval for timing belt replacement

Hello, I have a 2000 Tundra with 60k miles on it. I understand that the interval for replacing the timing belt is at 90k. The dealer indicated that since the truck is now 8 plus years old, that they suggest that the belt be replaced. Is this true or just the dealer trying to get additional un-necessary business.
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Old 10-26-2008, 11:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes and No, sometimes it depends very much on how the truck is operated. If you are a easy going driver, and the type of driving you do are 50%/50% city and highway, then you can probably wait until 90k. However, having said that, the recommended maintenance schedule can be either follow by mileage or by time, so when you do your service depends on which route you take.

A little bit more info on the Toyota V8 or V6, both engine use a hydraulic tensioner for the timing belt, and unless you operate in a harsh environment that would cause the timing belt itself to deteriorate, it isn't unusual for the timing belt to last beyond the 90k recommendation.

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I've found that changing parts arbitrarily at a certain mileage interval, like engine hours on aircraft, is not always best. It is better to inspect and replace parts "on condition". It does not take that much time to pull the plastic cover and look at the condition of the belt. Time may deteriorate parts as well as mileage, true, but that is why you need to look and feel.
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5 years or 90k miles, I have replaced them at 20k miles on a 01'
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how much you think im looking at for labor on replacing one of these? '03 tundra
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how much you think im looking at for labor on replacing one of these? '03 tundra
150, I have a spare new V-8 water pump i can include for 20 bucks... Thats my price i work at the dealer and would do it as a side job...

But we charge 5.5 hours for a V8 plus parts.

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