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Timing belt interval

TV auto talking head says mileage interval or 5 years for a timing belt, whichever is less. I have 70k miles in 8 years; should I replace the belt? 2003 Avalon.

Ignore this one. someone else raised it simultaneously!

Not really. The other post was an in general question. You have a specific vehicle in mind. It is a Toyota Avalon. Look in your owner’s manual at the maintenance recommendations. It will give you a time and mileage - whichever comes first. Look it up and follow it.

What does the Owner’s Manual say? The change interval for my wife’s 2006 Sienna is 7yr/70k miles, whichever comes first.

Ed B.

This 3.0 liter V6 doesn’t appear to be an interference engine. I’d take the risk of letting it go longer since you won’t necessarily ruin the engine if it breaks. But you can do whatever you’re comfortable doing.

If a breakdown would be a major inconvenience for you, then you should change the timing belt. At eight years, you are pressing your luck.

Mechanic says he will inspect it. Says you can look for cracks, tell if it is going bad.

Mechanic is dead wrong if that is his criteria for inspection.