2005 Solara Conv - broken timing belt

Asked by May 08, 2014 at 12:14 PM about the 2005 Toyota Camry Solara SE Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2005 Solara convertible with ~110,000 miles.  The timing belt just broke on it.  In addition to replacing the belt and water pump (makes sense), the dealer is claiming that the pulleys also need to be replaced.  Does this make sense?  In addition, the dealer is claiming that the broken timing belt also damaged the power steering system, and is recommending replacing the pump, reservoir and fluid line.  I have not seen this complication in any of my research, and am a little dubious about this.

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The idler pulleys should also be replaced as they do wear out the internal bearings in them, that is a good idea as they are already in there replacing the belt and pump. As far as the power steering damage, have them show you the damage done to the system, it sounds like you were at freeway speed when it let go, a flying timing belt can do damage but it usually is limited to the timing covers. If they are damaged then replacement is necessary.

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