Timing Belt/chain?


#1

I have a 1999 Lexus RX300. My mechanic could not tell me if I need to change the timing belt. Can anyone help me? It’s a V6 3000 4 Cam 2400 engine.


#2

The Gates website lists a timing belt for this engine. Your owner’s manual should tell you the proper interval for replacement. I’d say it’s time for a belt, just based on the age of the vehicle.

How come your mechanic can’t look it up in his database?


#3

Thanks for the reply. My mechanic only had books to look in and he couldn’t find an answer. I will get the belt replaced.


#4

I hope he uses a MODEL specific repair manual to change the timing belt, such as Haynes or Chilton’s. And the maintenance scheduled listing the timing belt should be there, also.


#5

When my son was stranded by a broken timing belt, I adopted the practice of always changing it at the recommended interval (or somewhat before!). Good thing you are going to have it done!


#6

If your going to a toyota mechanic and he doesn’t know which engines have a chain or belt and the replacement interval, you need a new mechanic.