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Where to buy timing belt kit?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by d33pt, Mar 2, 2023.

  1. Mar 2, 2023 at 8:35 AM
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    d33pt

    d33pt [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So it's about time to do my belt. I have no idea if it's ever been done with 180k miles. I bought it at 155k with no documentation on the belt.

    Where are you guys getting your kits from? I always hear about stories of counterfeit kits. See lots of kits on ebay, Amazon, and even rock auto. Let me know if you guys have a source for a legit kit. I believe the one I need is the AISIN TKT-025.

    Is there anything else I should replace while in there? Crank or cam seals? Or just leave it alone if it's not leaking. I'll do the radiator hoses and all 3 accessory belts too, since they're coming off. Maybe thermostat.
     
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  2. Mar 2, 2023 at 12:50 PM
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    Here's the write-up I did on the job, and links to all the tools and the kit I used. Was a great investment from my POV since I've used the tools a few times, and it's nice to have them around when buddies need them. I've included links below as well for your convenience.

    As far as the parts kit goes, the 100% OEM parts kit from aircabinman is one that tons of folks here on TW have used, and it's got great reviews as being genuine parts. I've used it three times, and it was great each time.


    full write up with photos and step-by-step instructions: Step by Step Toyota Tacoma Timing Belt Replacement for 3.4L V6 5VZFE
     
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  3. Mar 2, 2023 at 12:54 PM
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    X2 for Aircabinman on Ebay!!

    I have bought a few kits over the years!

    I keep one one the shelf original 250,000 !!
     
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  4. Mar 2, 2023 at 1:00 PM
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    Of those 3 vendors, I would do RockAuto before eBay or Amazon where you are more likely to get fakes. RockAuto has good customer service if things aren't right, in my experience. Just avoid using DHL for shipping, if possible.

    But if folks are good with aircabinman, seems reasonable to go that route as well -- his kit comes with the water pump, thermostat, crank and camshaft seals, which I would replace while I am in there. Great kit!
     
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    X3 for aircabinman. Just finished my timing belt using that kit. Be prepared for a struggle getting the new timing belt on.
     
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    Thank you so much for your detailed writeups. I've already used it for the LCA bushing replacement. Should've known you had the timing belt one too. I'll pick up a kit from aircabinman.
     
  7. Mar 4, 2023 at 4:28 PM
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    The aircabinman kit I bought a couple months ago had a water pump where the embossed "Toyota" logo was ground off and an Aisin sticker was placed over the spot. Not sure if that would bother you. Everything in the kit is OEM, but not necessarily Toyota branded.
     
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