Timing Belt 98 4 Runner


#1

I have a 1998 4 Runner that I bought new. I have taken good care of it, mostly in a garage, but not every night. Changed the oil and filter every 3,000 miles. Sometimes more often.

It has 38,000 miles. I know you advise changing the timing belt at 60,000, but am wondering if I should not do that now?


#2

Yes, do it now. 10 years is pretty long, and you are worried about it. You know you will replace it sooner or later, so just do it, get it over with, and stop worrying.


#3

Timing belts have a mileage AND TIME interval for replacement that should be listed in the owner’s manual. I promise that it’s not 11 years, so get that belt changed as soon as possible. Rubber deteriorates with age as well as mileage.


#4

Agree; all timing belt change schedules have mileage and elapsed time. You are long overdue at 11 years.


#5

On 4cyl also do water pump and tensioner