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Old 11-23-2014, 09:13 AM
 
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I am buying my fathers 2003 Toyota Avalon. It has only 59000 on it. He just had the airbag recall done at the dealer. They suggested the timing belt be changed saying that while the miles are not that high, the belt is original and 11 years old. While doing that it would be cheapest to change the water pump at that time because of it's location, which is original too. They quoted 750 dollars for all which does not sound outrageous. Does this sound logical or are they trying to do unneeded work?
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Old 11-23-2014, 09:19 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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According to this site

Toyota Parts and Service

Timing belt should be done at 90k/72 Months.
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Old 11-23-2014, 09:28 AM
 
Location: The Woodlands
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ask here.

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Old 11-23-2014, 09:30 AM
 
Location: The South
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I may be wrong but I think your engine is a "non interference" engine, meaning no damage will occur if the belt breaks. However you would be stranded and at the mercy of the tow trucks. But I think they recommend 60,000 change interval, which is about where you are at. I would get pump done at the same time.
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Old 11-23-2014, 10:43 AM
 
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If it has timing belt I'd change it personally to avoid real expense later from what I have seen. Replacing the water pump at same time is no brainer.
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Old 11-23-2014, 10:54 AM
 
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water pump and any tensioners too.
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Old 11-23-2014, 11:00 AM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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I have a 2002 Subaru WRX with 57k miles and included all belt replacements and water pump with its 60k mile service. It definitely behooves you to get this done now and not have to worry about it basically ever again.

It might last another 50k miles but even if it is a non-interference engine it is better to not be stuck on the side of the road.
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Old 11-23-2014, 11:07 AM
 
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Post #2 in this thread answered the question definitively. Why all the guessing?
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Old 11-23-2014, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Post #2 in this thread answered the question definitively. Why all the guessing?
Yes. Which means the TB is several years overdue for replacement even though the mileage interval has not been reached. The belt is rubber and will age, used or not. How much depends on the climate.

$750 sounds about right for a TB/WP service. I spent about that much last year for my Honda V6.
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:50 PM
 
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The price is ok for a v6. 4 cyl usually $500. And yes, water pump and tensioners.
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