Timing Belt Broke on 2003 Toyota Camry LE

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#1

Just two days ago bought this Camry LE used from a private party, have no warranty and today it appears the timing belt broke. I wondering what type of damage to expect. It is a 2003 Camry LE, what could be the worst scenerio in damage and can any one kindly give me an idea on what type of expense I am up against.


#2

The engine in your Camry is not an interference type engine. So at this point all it should need is a new timing belt/water pump.

Tester


#3

Thanks for your quick response.You have put my mind to ease.


#4

Although you can put your mind to rest regarding collateral damage from the timing belt situation, you have to consider what other vital maintenance procedures the former owner decided to NOT do.

Unless you can confirm that the transmission fluid was changed every 30k, you need to change the trans fluid and filter a.s.a.p. Although you dodged a bullet with the timing belt, a 6 year old car that has had no transmission maintenance is a candidate for early transmission failure.

For this service, take the car to an independent transmission shop that has been in business for at least 3 years. DO NOT take the car to AAMCO, Lee Myles, Mr. Transmission, Cottman, or any other chain operation unless you want to be told that you need a rebuilt transmission–and to be overcharged for that unnecessary transmission rebuilding.

After the transmission has been serviced, then you and your regular mechanic can assess whether the car needs new spark plugs, air filter, fuel filter, spark plug wires, a coolant change, and a brake fluid change. In the absence of maintenance records, you have to assume that these procedures have never been done.


#5

Change the coolant and any other fluid with a service interval below the mileage and time on the vehicle!


#6

Make sure who ever services your vehicle uses the correct things. Toyota ATF, NGK iridium plugs, Toyota coolant etc etc…Your original spark plugs should be good for at least 100k miles and you do not have spark plug wires since yours is a coil over plug ignition system. Also you don’t have to worry about a fuel filter, as yours is not considered a regular service item. Your Toyota T-IV ATF is called a lifetime fluid by Toyota, but don’t believe that. Just get drain and fill every 25-30k or so, no flush required, and you should be good.


#7

This is so amazing how many good things have come out of my question, I am going make sure that I take care of all the service needs regarding transmission, oil change, air filter change, complete tune up, fuel filter replacment, coolant.Thanks to all of your folks for taking time out and helping someone like me who has no experince with something like this. Please feel free to add anything else as it comes to your mind.

Regards


#8

Mind you, a complete tune up for your car means changing the spark plugs, thats it, so don’t get ripped off. Don’t let anyone change your fuel filter either, your car does not require it.


#9

Don’t get too upset. There is no requirement to replace the belt on your car. (I think) How many miles on the car??


#10

His belt broke. It should probably be replaced.


#11

How many miles are on this vehicle?


#12

97K , sad thing is I had already scheduled an appointmenet for Friday for timing belt oil change and tune up.


#13

Is this a V6? The 4 cylinder has a chain.


#14

“Don’t let anyone change your fuel filter either, your car does not require it.”

I strongly disagree. Just because a car manufacturer wants to appear to have a maintenance-free vehicle, that does not mean that a particular maintenance procedure should not be done. Over time, a partially clogged fuel filter will kill a fuel pump, and as a result, skipping the changing of the fuel filter is potentially a very expensive way of saving money.

Some car manufacturers are now also failing to list a transmission fluid change in their maintenance schedule. However, if the car’s owner wants to drive more than 100k before his transmission fails, he/she should change the transmission fluid every 30k.

No car ever suffered because it was maintained better than was specified by the manufacturer. On the other hand…


#15

Good point. If this is a 4 cylinder that has a snapped chain then odds are the entire engine is junk. Not just because of the broken chain but because of the fact that if an '03 has been neglected bad enough to pop a chain due to engine sludge/lack of oil changes then it’s likely the entire engine is scrap metal anyway.
Pray that it’s the 6 cylinder.

Also, the people who don’t change fuel filters regularly are often the ones sitting on the side of the road waiting for AAA due to a premature fuel pump failure.


#16

Toyota ATF, NGK iridium plugs, Toyota coolant etc etc…Your original spark plugs should be good for at least 100k miles and you do not have spark plug wires since yours is a coil over plug ignition system. Also you don’t have to worry about a fuel filter, as yours is not considered a regular service item. Your Toyota T-IV ATF is called a lifetime fluid by Toyota, but don’t believe that. Just get drain and fill every 25-30k or so, no flush required, and you should be good.

Good advise. The only thing I don’t agree with is keeping spark-plugs in there for 100k miles. They’ll be a b*tch to remove if kept in there that long. Also by removing spark plugs every 40-50k or so you can tell by looking at them how the engine is running or if it’s burning or leaking oil.

I agree 100% about the ATF. I have the same World ATF in my 4runner. It may not break down as easily as regular ATF…but it gets just as dirty.


#17

Also, the people who don’t change fuel filters regularly are often the ones sitting on the side of the road waiting for AAA due to a premature fuel pump failure.

I agree with you…and I don’t understand Toyota’s design for this filter. There’s only one filter and it’s located on the pump that’s IN the tank. So to replace the filter you need to drop the tank.


#18

Yes it is a 4 cylinder I guess I am in for a big expense, if it does have a chain and it snapped I don’t even know hwere to star and how much of a expense I am up against so I am just so sad as I let last of my savings into this car.


#19

Do you know for sure it’s the timing chain? This is a very unusual thing to break.


#20

This is going to cost you…just to replace the chain. Problem with chains when they break is they sometimes take things with them. I repaired a timing chain break on a Chevy Luv (Isuzu). When the chain broke it put a hole in the timing chain cover and destroyed the tensioner.