Timing Belt Replacement

Asked by Jun 20, 2013 at 12:43 PM about the 2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited V6 AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2006 RAV4 with 121,000miles and wonder when the timing belt needs to be replaced?

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If it has never been done, right now.

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Yeh, that's a 80-100 recommended service. It's not a hard job though, easy access, so it shouldn't cost too much.

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2006 Rav4 has a timing chain, not a timing belt. There is no recommended replacement interval for the timing chain. It is possible for them to become stretched, but that would most likely be in the 200,000+ miles range.

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BRBill is right you know. 2006 - 2012 are timing chain only. If it is rattling or making a grinding noise it is most likely just the VVT-i sprockets on the camshaft have locked up or malfunctioning. Chains do stretch over time, but we are talking a long time. It is best to buy a complete kit with Sprockets, Chain and Tensioner and get them ALL replaced. How do I know this? I am a Mechanical Engineer and own a 2006 RAV4 myself and mine had the same problem. If the idle is low, that is a SURE indicator that this is the problem. The other thing to check is the VVT-i solenoid and replace that first. If the problem persists, replace the Sprockets, Chain and Tensioner. Good Luck.

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Have 06 timing belt has been replaced runs good but smokes ran fine before any ideas

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If u mean the serpentine belt...check the actual condition of the belt...change it urself 15 bucks and buy a bar tool to pull the tensioner...u can do it with other regular tools but u can mess it up too (and it's harder) if you mean the timing chain...u don't have to change it if doesn't brake or make weird sounds...to change it ? oh boy that's a real work.

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