how long should it take to replace a timing belt and a water pump at a service garage?

Brandon Dockery

Asked by Dec 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM about the 1996 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2 Answers


This is routine maintenance, but it is not an easy job if done correctly- I don't know the quoted times for your car, but I'm guessing it shouldn't take more than 4 hours- unless that car is diabolically hard to work on- ask the service adviser- they should be happy to explain it to you- if they don't want to talk, take it somewhere else-


A shop will quote you 8 hours, even if it only takes them 4. You will pay for 8. That's how they make their money. If they are going to stick you for 8, make sure they replace all the parts while in there. Not just the pump and belt. Make sure they put in new idler pulley and tension pulley also. That's how they also make money...skimp on the parts........

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