It is best to have it replaced, no matter how it looks. It has been through many hours of stress and heating/cooling cycles. It may have problems which are not apparent to the naked eye. And as the previous poster mentioned, most of the money was already spent just by opening it up. It would not make economic sense to open it up and then not replace the belt and the water pump.Winston wrote:Devil Dog,
I just had the timing belt replaced. It took about 3 hours. Afterward, when they gave me the timing belt they replaced, it looked pristine, almost new. When I mentioned this, they said that there are stretch marks on it. I asked "Where?" He pointed to the bottom of it but I saw no stretch marks. It looked very sturdy and strong, almost as good as new.
Does that mean that the timing belt never really needed to be replaced? Why didn't they just open the part that covers it to examine it first?
They put a sticker about the replacement on the side of a part that contains it. Were they supposed to do that or put the sticker under the hood? How did they know that the timing belt wasn't changed?
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Here are photos of the timing belt that was taken out, that I took with my phone camera. Doesn't it look pristine?
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What is the year and make of the car, and where did you get the $800 quote at the "other places" ?
The cost replacing the timing belt and water pump on a Toyota Camry should be around $400-$500 at cheap independent shops, or twice that at a dealer.
Timing belt and water pump is usually only applicable to vehicles with internal combustion engine. Moving forward, electric vehicles do not have these, and the maintenance expense will probably go toward battery replacements ($2000-$3000+).