Friday, November 19, 2010

How long can my car run without changing timing belt?

Its a 97 Toyota Corolla -126,000 miles. The timing belt was not changed...but the mechanic asked 500$ for the same. I just plan to run this car for a year..though I need to go for 400 miles twice this year, rest would be normal city driving...I think the car has a non interference engineHow long can my car run without changing timing belt?
forget the mileage..the belt is THIRTEEN years old dude. Just do it, it will be way easier to SELL the car if you can say the t belt and water pump was doneHow long can my car run without changing timing belt?
A car will run until the timing belt gives out. After that there is nothing to sync the camshaft with the crankshaft and the vehicle will be dead until the belt is replaced.
After 60000 it can brake in any moment, whether 2 days or 2 years.
Still not a good idea. Think about the headache it will cause if the timing belt blows on the highway or even around town, you'll have to pay for a tow, plus the repair. Just get it fixed now, save yourself the stress.

the 1.3 and 1.6 petrol engines, and the 2.0 diesel engines, are all interference engines, so I would suggest that you have the timing belt changed as soon as possible if any of these engines are fitted to your car.

The 1.3 and 1.6 petrol engines should take no longer than 2 hours to replace the timing belt, and the 2.0 diesel engine no longer than 3 hours.

Just for the record, its city driving that places the most strain on the belt. Long journeys at a constant respectable speed place less strain.

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