4 Runner timing belt

toyota
4runner
timing-belts
belts

#1

I have a 2001 4Runner SR5 with 124K miles. Just had the oil changed. So they check it out & say my timing belt was supposed to be replaced at 90k. They suggest that I also have the water pump (it’s weeping) replaced at the same time.

I have had no problems with this part of the vehicle.

What’s your opinion on this?


#2

You’re on borrowed time and it’s normal practice to replace the water pump at the same time.


#3

You’ll not have any problems until it breaks, then the engine will die on you right then and there, be it at a stop light, or 75mph in the middle lane of the freeway. No warnings, just bam!, dead engine.


#4

Plus, this is an interference engine. Broken timing belt means expensive engine damage.

Weeping water pump is a failed water pump. Bearing will start to seize and squeal in short time. Cheaper to replace it with the timing belt.


#5

Find a good local shop,please do not use trans,tire or lube shop or you will be sorry.


#6

I don’t understand why you trust “them” over the owner’s manual. What does it say?


#7

It has 124,000 miles on it. Unless the timing belt has been replaced it is past due. I don’t know any recommended service for a timing belt more than 124,000.


#8

Owner’s manual calls for 90,000 mile interval. Timing belt guide shows a timing belt driven water pump. This belt is overdue, and the water pump is ready to give problems if coolant is leaking from the weephole.