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anyone have their timing belt replaced on their 3.4l?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by dezerttaco, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. Feb 3, 2011 at 11:17 AM
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    dezerttaco

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    anyone have their timing belt replaced on their 3.4l? If so, how many miles did you have on it when you replaced it and how much did it run you?
     
  2. Feb 3, 2011 at 11:27 AM
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    vantaco

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    really?

    did you bother searching?

    this has to be one of the most common questions
     
  3. Feb 3, 2011 at 11:34 AM
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    The spec is at 80k miles, I believe.

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  4. Feb 3, 2011 at 11:40 AM
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    Janster

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    The older tacomas....60K miles. I had mine done when I bought it at 60K (96).
     
  5. Feb 3, 2011 at 12:19 PM
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    Madjik_Man

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    It's recommended at 90K

    I went to 125K accidentally.

    Water pump, timing belt, et al cost me $525
     
  6. Feb 3, 2011 at 12:26 PM
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    90YotaPU

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    Did it at 85k on my '99. Might as well do the water pump at the same time cause then you only have to pay for the part cause everything is already apart.
     
  7. Feb 3, 2011 at 12:28 PM
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    01Tac0ma

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    Look at build!
    Did the timing belt and watger pump at 113,xxx myself, cant remember what the parts ran though.
     
  8. Feb 3, 2011 at 12:43 PM
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    steve o 77

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    calm down.

    I did my water pump and t belt at 146k and the water pump looked like it had been leaking slowly for at least 30k or so, get it done at 90k.
     
  9. Feb 3, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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    Madjik_Man

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    Wow, lol, I thought I was bad.

    My t-belt had cracks in between all the "teeth" as if it was ready to explode at any moment
     
  10. Feb 3, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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    twfsa

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    I am waiting till the water pump or belt breaks.
     
  11. Feb 3, 2011 at 12:50 PM
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    steve o 77

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    belt looked perfect, but the water pump was a different story. It took about an hour to chip away all the dried up coolant that had built up around the crank seal.

    Oh and I bought the truck with 146k so I think I did the belt at around 149k, ill need to check my books.
     
  12. Feb 3, 2011 at 12:52 PM
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    mikracer

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    I did my '02 at 182k when I bought it. The belt looked VERY good, but the water pump had been leaking. I wouldnt stress it if you cant get to it right at 90k since its a non interference motor...and judging by the condition of my belt at 182k.
     
  13. Feb 3, 2011 at 12:53 PM
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    Yeah its not the belt you should be worried about, its the water pump. If that thing seizes or something you're going to fry the belt, and maybe the whole motor if its able to run long enough.
     
  14. Feb 3, 2011 at 1:07 PM
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    dezerttaco

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    well as of now im at 130k miles. looks like im gonna just have it done as soon as possible.
     
  15. Feb 3, 2011 at 1:09 PM
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    good idea
     
  16. Feb 3, 2011 at 2:40 PM
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    did it myself, not too difficult - just time consuming.
    I think I had $250 (?) in parts - water pump, idler pulley and timing belt, gaskets, coolent, etc.
    the only tool you need to make or purchase or rent held the crankshaft.
    do it yourself, learn about your truck and save $$ :D
    the stealership quoted me $1100 to do it!
     
  17. Feb 3, 2011 at 2:56 PM
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    You will be stranded though lol.
     
  18. Feb 3, 2011 at 3:11 PM
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    If you are somewhat mechanically inclined, this is a fairly simple operation. As Bowyer said, the only tool besides your common sockets/wrenches and stuff it the tool to hold the crank. I made my own. I did two of them in a day and a half by myself. Just make damn sure you have everything before you start if you only have one vehicle.
     
  19. Feb 3, 2011 at 3:22 PM
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    I agree, why fix something that isn't broke. 03 with 120K miles.
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  20. Feb 3, 2011 at 3:34 PM
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    Hey, more power to ya. I would rather not be stranded at some random time and random place. Like while trying to pass a semi on the highway. It is a fix that if done at least every 100k miles,won't take a shit on you when don't need it.
     
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