I have a 95 corolla. Changed the timing belt in 2005 w/ 155K miles on it. Changed the water pump and the tensioners etc.
Now it has 245K miles on it. Thinking about having a belt changed. But I don’t want to throw good money after bad in an old car (although it hasn’t had much maintenance costs yet).
I’ve heard that Toyota corollas are “easy on the timing belt”, not sure if that’s true. That would indicate I should wait.
Also the transmission has had two flushes at about 70K and 120K and then the 3rd time they I think the independent shop (first two times was the dealer) just changed the fluid, without dropping the pan. Not sure if the dealer will “drop the pan” if I ask them to, or if it will be prohibitively expensive vs just changing the fluid. The fluid looks new, it’s transparent and doesnt’ smell burned.
The transmission hesitates a little at a stop sign, for exmple, after you’ve coasted for a while and then give it some gas. Takes about a half of a second to find the right gear. Not sure if that’s ominous or not.
So do you think I should change the timing belt right away? Wait b/c the transmission may be going out? Wait because Toyotas can run forever on one timing belt? The book says change the timing belt at 60K under Severe, however, I don’t drive it severe at all.