I just brought my 99 Camry in for a timing belt replacement (car has
120,000 miles, but timing belt was replaced at 40,000 along with a
faulty water pump). I got a call in the middle of the day saying that
the mechanics thought the tensioner also needed to be replaced. Not
knowing anything about this, I agreed to the additional cost.
I have two questions: Is it normal to need to replace the tensioner?
And, how can an amateur like myself check up on a need for a repair
like this (I neglected to ask them to save the parts, but even if I
had, I'd stare at an old tensioner and still have no idea whether, in
fact, it needed replacing.
Thanks in advance,