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    2002 Camry LE V6 Timing Belt/Water Pump Replacement Info Needed

    I currently have a 2002 Camry LE V6 with 128,000 KM on it. According
    to Toyota Canada, they recommend the timing belt to be changed at
    144,000 km or 6 years whatever comes first.

    I contacted the dealer and they suggested me the following
    charges:

    Timing Belt $344 CAD
    Water Pump $295 CAD
    Coolant Top $20 CAD

    Someone also suggested I should look into changing the A/C /
    Alternator belt as well as the Power Steering Belt. What are you
    thoughts?

    My Camry is very well maintained and I want to get the most out of my
    car. Please let me know if the above charges sound reasonable, and
    what else should I consider when I do this service?

    I do have the ECP Toyota Extended Warranty and it does cover water
    pumps, so perhap I may save some $$ on it.

    Thanks
    Last edited by HighTech; 03-18-2007 at 07:09 PM.

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    yea, those things should probably be replaced at this point. The prices sound ABOUT right, but I can't be 100% sure. These things are really expensive, but only because they require a lot of labor - the parts themselves are pretty cheap from what I hear.

    Do you have any mechanically-inclined friends? This is a good opportuntiy to try to work on your car yourself and save a LOT of $$ - plus, you'll get to learn more about your car.

    But I'd say make a warranty claim on anything you can... then try to work on the other stuff yourself.

    My dad's 02 Sienna had most of that work done as well... I think it cost around the same - $4-$500 something. It was pretty bad...

    What is "coolant top" though? Is that a lid for something? The radiator cap? Sounds like something you're getting ripped off on.

    Also, have you replaced the tranny fluid? Most people do not do this, but seeing as how a lot of autos start going out at or before 100k (miles), any maintenance is a good idea. You'll also get smoother shifts... I'm sure its gotten rough by now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paul34
    What is "coolant top" though? Is that a lid for something? The radiator cap? Sounds like something you're getting ripped off on.

    Also, have you replaced the tranny fluid? Most people do not do this, but seeing as how a lot of autos start going out at or before 100k (miles), any maintenance is a good idea. You'll also get smoother shifts... I'm sure its gotten rough by now.
    When you replace the water pump, you need to drain some coolant, so the $20 will cover topping off the coolant level.

    I actually change the Transmission fluid every 40K with the T-IV red stuff.

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    Might as well change the serpentine belt (you called it the alternator belt) while it's in for service, and as far as the A/C, I really woudnt worry about it unless it's not blowing cold air, or something else is broken on it.

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    Belts are inexpensive but the labor to change them can cost. It's a good idea to do all those things all at the same time to keep your Camry in tip top shape. I'd say go for it, but see if you can qualify for any discounts from AAA or have an item or all covered by the warranty with your service advisor.
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