Timing belt broke on my 2000 Camry Solara. Mechanic said there is a chance that there could be major damage to engine. ALternative is to replace timing belt for $400.00 an take a chance that there

Asked by Feb 15, 2011 at 05:36 PM about the 2000 Toyota Camry Solara

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

is no damage to engine.  The second alternative is to change the engine (used, 3 months warranty) for $1,700.00

ANy one out there with inshights?


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Should be NO major damage, the valves will not come in touch with the pistons on some ither zero clearance engines, ie: Honda/Nissan, They go BANG because of the zero clearnce design of the engine. Just replace the belt, maybe the waterpump while you are righ there anyway. 2000 modedl years I believe should have there timing belts changed every 5 years or 96,000 kilomtres, which ever comes first. Good luke, keep us posted. Toyota Guy for 20 + years, Doug

yours should have the noninterference engine,so yes it probly bent some valves.

non interference means the valves won't hit the pistons. Do you know anything about cars at all?

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Thak's to all who responded. I did decide to take the risk. I replaced belt and water pump. Car is running great. I learned much from your comments. Thanks again Juan

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