2000 Avalon XLS
My Avalon is in nice shape and has about 88,000 miles. The Scheduled
Maintenance Guide calls for timing belt replacement at 90,000. My
question is: Has experience shown that these belts break close to this
limit? The reason I'm asking is I've had two Camrys in which the belt
broke within a couple thousand miles of 60,000 (I know, I know...)
Anyhow, I may replace this Avalon with a newer one but I'd like to take
a road trip first (maybe 3,000 miles or so). Thanks.
Thanks to Ford and VW, we've had vacations interrupted twice by vehicle
failure. I can assure you that vehicle failure is very unlikely to add to
the enjoyment of a vacation. My wife was very angry with Ford and VW over
these failures, which had nothing to do with maintenance (all scheduled
maintenance had been done). If we'd gotten stuck because I'd skipped some
maintenance, then she wouldn't have beern angry with Ford and VW. She still
would have been angry, though...
Food for thought.
Not the same animal, but my '92 Corolla Wagon goes 65,000 between belt
changes and the belt looks new when replaced.
Now....my Ford Escort used to break about 55,000.
No guarantees, but I'd guess you would be safe to well over 100K.
Thanks to all. I think I'll take the trip, then sell the car. I am
worried, however, that DH's words will haunt me throughout the trip! If
I make it, I'll do a boast-post; if not, it'll be a humble pie post.
On balance, I'd do the same. I think you'd have to be pretty unlucky for
the 90K mile belt to break at 91K miles. "Redeommended replacement
interval" is not the same as "service life"
Have a good trip!
Where are you going?
It'll probably be ok. The newer belts IE: 2000 seem to be a bit better
than the older ones. I think that's why they rate at 90k rather than
the earlier 60k. In the overall scheme of 90k miles, another 3k is not
going to amount to much. My 89 honda is slightly past due on it's
belt change, but I kept driving it. Course, I don't hot rod, race the
engine, etc.. I'm rarely over 3000 rpm in that car..
Another thing to consider is that engine should be non interfearance
as far as the valves, etc, so if you did throw a belt, it probably
hurt the engine. You would just have to get a tow and replace the
With my particular honda, it's a throw of the dice vs the rpm when it
breaks.. If slow rpm, sometimes they are ok. If fast rpms, it's not
uncommon to toast some valves...
I just got a 05 corolla a week or so ago..It has a timing chain rather
than belt. The guy that sold it to me said those are usually rated at
160k lifespan, but I haven't actually looked into it. BTW, what the
belt looks like is not a very good indicator. A belt that breaks can
often look nearly like new right before it breaks.. :( About all you
really look at is for rounded off teeth, etc, and usually they will
ok.. If the belt is due for a change, I change it regardless of what
looks like. I also change anything else in the timing belt area, such
as water pump, oil seals, etc.. It's usually enough of a PIA to get
into, not changing the other stuff doesn't really make sense.
You don't want to have to go back in there again for quite a while..
Well, unless you *like* all that work.. Myself, I have better things
than repeats of that particular job.. :(
BTW... one note... If you are going to sell it, and the belt is due,
consider changing it anyway when you get back.. But I guess depends
you trade it to a dealer, or a private owner.. Probably wouldn't mean
a lot to
a dealer, but a new belt would be a good selling point as far as a
buyer.. They will be considering that, if they have a clue.. Most are
too keen on buying a car, and then having to do work on it right off