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To Change Or Not To Change That Is The ?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 1999tacotrd, Jun 7, 2009.

  1. Jun 7, 2009 at 6:39 PM
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    1999tacotrd

    1999tacotrd [OP] 1999 Taco TRD xtracab 3.4 V6 4x4

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    Hi im in the process of changeing my timing belt tensioner pullys i belive one is going out it squals and rattles like crazy when running. Im not 100% sure if its the pully or not cause i removed the clutch fan and its very bad has alot of play in it so i dont know if its the fan or the pully. Now if i change the pully i dont know if i should change the water pump and timming belt but im not sure if the timming belt needs to be changed or has been done so alrdy! I bought the truck with 194k miles on it the timming belt is a Napa brand so i belive its been changed unless the toyota's uses napa timming belts which i highly dout.

    So should i change the belt again it looks like a good belt no cracks or nothing and is very tigiht fit on there and water pump looks fine to no leaks.
     
  2. Jun 7, 2009 at 6:52 PM
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    98tacoma27

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    The change interval for the 3.4L is around 90K miles. If it looks new and there are no cracks, I would leave it go. Just monitor it every oil change.
     
  3. Jun 7, 2009 at 7:04 PM
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    humanoid

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    Toyota recommends the change at 90K, you're living on borrowed time after that. You willing to take the chance when you're out in the middle of nowhere and the belt snaps? No thanks, I wouldn't chance it, but that's just me.
     
  4. Jun 7, 2009 at 7:07 PM
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    chris4x4

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    You cant tell if the timming belt is bad visually.
     
  5. Jun 7, 2009 at 8:24 PM
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    1999tacotrd

    1999tacotrd [OP] 1999 Taco TRD xtracab 3.4 V6 4x4

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    Well scene its a napa belt im going to assume it was changed. And i don't plan to take it out to far from home no more. Last time i did the front transmission seal went out and i had to change the whole transmission and just got that fixed
     
  6. Jun 7, 2009 at 8:30 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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    you changed a belt and the trans went out? umm.....
     
  7. Jun 7, 2009 at 8:33 PM
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    1999tacotrd

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    No i never changed the belt i believe the person who owned it before me did but not sure.

    The transmission went out about 500 miles from home so i had to rent a u-hual and dolly to get it home and i went ahead and bought a tranny with 100k miles on it and slaped in there instead of fixing the seal on the 194k mile tranny and chance it going out 10 to 20k miles later down the road and have to take it back out again.
     
  8. Jun 7, 2009 at 8:50 PM
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    I assume the previous owner changed out the belt that's why it's a Napa brand and going by your mileage, you're past due for another change.
     
  9. Jun 8, 2009 at 4:25 AM
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    Change it ALL while you're in there.

    Peace of mind my friend.

    As Chris already said... timing belts can break even if they look new. It's the internals under the rubber that can break without warning.

    Change the water pump and the thermostat!!

    You also need to find out exactly what tensioner and/or fan clutch is wobbling.
    Wobbling, squeeking, squeeling, & excessive play is NO GOOD. Get it taken care of!
     
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