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Old 06-19-2019, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Podunk, IA
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I have two belts and one chain.
One of the cars with a belt is 30 years old.
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Old 06-19-2019, 07:26 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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With dual overhead cams, my V8 has 2 timing chains.
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Old 06-19-2019, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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My ‘02 Tundra with the 4.7 uses a belt (usually runs about $1500 at the dealer to replace). My ‘13 Tundra with the 5.7 has a chain, also my ‘07 Tacoma with the 4.0 has a chain.

I’m not aware of any new models that still use a belt.
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Old 06-19-2019, 08:35 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Never ever replaced timing belt on any of the 12 cars i have owned...
Some were high mileage cars too.
Maybe im just lucky
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Old 06-20-2019, 08:58 AM
 
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Unless its a design flaw like the 08-11 GM 3.6L DI that were stretching chains due to poor quality chains, typically a chain can go 250-300K if you change your oil on time.


Still want to know if a belt equipped car is any more reliable than chain equipped.


Belt Replacement $500-1500
Chain Replacement $1800-2500+
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Old 06-20-2019, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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My corolla and Rav4 have chains, my 92 4Runner has a belt that has to be changed every 60K miles.
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Old 06-20-2019, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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DOHC V8 with chains.....lots of chains. Chains last but as someone said earlier, there are the tensioners you have to worry about.
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Old 06-20-2019, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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I thought timing belts were mostly a thing of the past. Given this thread, I guess not!

Mine has a Timing chain. Supposedly, you'll never need to replace them, but I heard they're at least more durable than timing belts.
Rarely do chains need replacing. When they do it’s basically time to rebuild the engine anyway.
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:18 PM
 
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My ‘02 Tundra with the 4.7 uses a belt (usually runs about $1500 at the dealer to replace). My ‘13 Tundra with the 5.7 has a chain, also my ‘07 Tacoma with the 4.0 has a chain.

I’m not aware of any new models that still use a belt.
Up to this date all Honda V6 Engine still use belt.
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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The timing chain broke on my Pinto. Cost was $300. Pinto at the time was worth about $20.

Nothing happened to the truck I owned for 17 years.

The chain I have on my car now was recommended to be replaced at 103,000 miles and right on cue it broke before I'd owned the car 6 months. $1000.

I'm tempted to look up that old truck I owned. For the amount of money I've put into my "modern car", you know, the one with the auto windows, heated seats, tinted windows, side airbags, sun roof, etc, etc, I could have paid someone to knock all the dents out of the truck, put in new seats, and repainted it. And it would probably still drive better. And I'd take the timing belt it still had on it, too.
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