I bought a used 1993 toyota corolla. 140,000 miles. The previous
owner purchased it at 105,000 miles. During the time he owned it he
never had the timing belt replaced.
Since toyota recommends replacement of the belt (70,000 miles) I am not
sure if its ever been done.
1. Belt has never been replaced.
2. Belt was replaced prior to 105,000 miles.
3. Belt has never been replaced.
Is there anyway that a mechanic can tell if and when the belt was
replaced? I don't want to spend $700 for a replacement if no needed.
I also don't want the belt to break and ruin the engine.
Is that info stored in the diagnosis computer or can toyota look and
tell if its been replaced and when?
The local NAPA manager says don't take car to toyota, because they will
overcharge. Take it to a good independent garage. Is a regular shop
qualified do timing belt, or is it so technical that it should only be
done by toyota?
Thanks for your advice.
- posted 8 years ago