This car has 140,000 miles on it and the timing belt just went out. I
am curious as to what this should cost to repair as I have never driven
a Toyota or older model car. Autozone has the part for $25.00 but the
mechanic is saying $200 in labor and $150 in parts. Is he quoting
pulleys too? Is this car worth repairing? I was on the highway and
the car just stopped accelerating and I had to coast to the side of the
highway. Motorist assist came by and took the plastic cap off and said
that it is definitely the belt because now there is no belt on there.
He saw nothing but teeth. Also, someone mentioned to me something
about interference motors. So far my internet research doesn't show
this car being equipped with that.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
What exactly did the mechanic want to replace? Water pump, cam and
crank seals, drive belts, along with the timing belt and pulleys? Ask.
The parts will cost the full list price at the mechanic but that's
understandable as he will make some profit and pay for parts delivery.
No, the engine is a non-interference engine. The valves won't hit the
pistons. 140,000 miles is way overdue. Change it every 60K miles.
(Later models spec for 90K.)
Toyota's going rate for the timing belt only is about $270 coupon (then
they'll hit you with water pump, coolant, seals, pulleys, etc so you
won't get out for less than $1000. Unless you negotiate a "package"
deal in writing that will remove some duplicate labor cost and agree to
it before hand. But it's still pricey).
The Dayco timing belt is an OK belt. I personally prefer and use the
best-in-class Gates Timing Component Kit that includes the timing belt,
two necessary pulleys and an instruction sheet all for ~$90 on
The valve cover gasket should be checked for oil leaks and replaced as
needed. The rear bank gasket is notorious for leaks and the oil drips
onto the PS pump, making the unsuspecting think the PS pump had gone
I'd replace parts like the following www.rockauto.com listed parts.
(verify correct application to the 94 V6):
GATES TCK257 timing component kit $89.79
FEL-PRO TCS45890 crank seal $6.27
FEL-PRO TCS45889 cam seal set $8.55
GATES K060410 Alt/AC belt $13.09
GATES K040345 PS belt $8.61
ASCO/AISIN Part # 1610029085 water pump $61.79
Total ~$188 + shipping
FEL-PRO VS50471R valve cover set (with spark plug tube seals) $30.79
firstname.lastname@example.org is correct.
It is a NON interference engine. nothing is messed up except your
For the quote, it is too high
A toyota dealership will charge you $180-$200 to change out the timing
belt, labor and parts
I dunno about the pully part but i am guessing no cos he is trying to
screw you and make a quick buck. Just ask what part is he replacing and
buy it from autozone.
You might want to change the water pump and 2 other belts while you are
doing that car. It will save you a lot of grief in the long run..
here is a good forum
tell them that you are a girl and some people will offer free
all the best
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