How To Prevent Timing Belt Repair On Toyota Tacoma

How To Prevent Timing Belt Repair On Toyota Tacoma


[Music] hi there I’m Saul Reisman here at Saul’s Auto Tech in greenwood village and today we’re underneath the hood of this toyota tacoma this vehicle has hundreds of thousands of miles it’s been on the road for 20 plus years and it’s still in fantastic shape and it’s worth keeping it running and keeping it on the road now the reason that we’re here today is we’re replacing the timing belt and water pump component kit in the vehicle now a timing belt is a regular maintenance service in most modern vehicles and it’s something that is typically replaced every seventy to a hundred thousand miles depending on the service interval from the manufacturer in the case of this vehicle it’s actually been about 120 thousand miles so we’re a little bit beyond that service interval however we want to make sure it gets the proper care and maintenance that’s going to keep it alive for a long time now many of you own vehicles that have a timing belt that needs regular service unfortunately many owners never replace the timing belt in their vehicle and drive it until the timing belt failed resulting in catastrophic engine failure this is not something you ever want to be up against if it is you’re looking at cost of engine replacement or replacing the vehicle now we know timing belt replacement or a very cost prohibitive repair they can typically be a thousand dollar service or more however we want you to understand the technical expertise required on this job so let’s take a quick look now if we look in the vehicle we can actually see that where the belt rides on the pulleys it has to specifically engage at individual marks now the technician that’s working on this vehicle has these marked at the top dead center indicators there’s paint marks to indicate that it’s been through service before and the new belt that will be installing has corresponding marks so that we can line it up now we’ve got it lined up on the top cam shaft pulleys and is just getting started we can see this one’s off by one tooth because we’re just getting the belt laid on to the vehicle so that we can get it installed in tension properly now if we take a look at the actual diagram that tells us where these marks lay out it’ll also tell us how many teeth are between each of the marks how long the gap should be accordingly how much time it should take to install them and how much play we should have in the belt afterwards now the reason this is so important is the if that belt is not 100% perfectly clocked in rotation inside your engine where valves are moving up and down they can strike the piston or strike each other and cause irreparable damage inside that motor so if you’re thinking that you don’t need to change your timing belt because it ain’t broke don’t fix it you might be risking damage that could cost $5,000 or more additionally if you’re thinking that this might be a maintenance service that you want to bite off and take care of yourself at home in the driveway well you might be able to take care of your oil changes your air filters and your basic odds and ends this is a job that needs to be done by a skilled technician if one gear is off by 1/2 the engine could be destroyed this is not something that should be taken lightly and it’s something that an ASE technician should be servicing on your motor vehicle so if you’ve got a vehicle that needs a timing belt service or you’re not sure if it was ever performed in your vehicle maybe you’ve just bought a used vehicle and there’s no service record to tell you if it’s been done you’re literally driving on borrowed time come see us at Auto Tech and we’d be happy to check the condition of your timing belt we don’t charge any infection or diagnostic fee and we can put a scope camera inside that housing to find out how long it’s been what the condition is and make sure that you’re prepared for the appropriate repairs come and see us seven days a week here at Sol’s Auto Tech [Music]


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