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When to replace timing chain on 2003 Camry V6?

I heard that 80,000 miles was where the timing belt/chain will fail.  WIll it damage the motor if it happens while driving it.  I have 75,000 miles on the car now.  I have ONLY changed the oil, tires, and brakes during its lifetime. Never a scheduled service.. (whatever they are :)  
I have just oil every 5k-10k miles
What is the situation on the timing belt/chain and when should I have it replaced, or serviced?   Thank you everyone.

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Replace the timing belt at 90,000 miles.

It will not damage the motor (bend the valves) if it breaks or jumps time

Finally, if you do change the belt, make sure that the water pump is inspected very close for any evidence of coolant seepage at the impeller shaft weep hole. If there is ANY evidence of wetness or leakage, replace the pump then. Easier to change the pump when the belt is off, than to have to do the whole job if the leak gets worse, and, if it leaks down the road, coolant on the timing belt will damage the belt, and you will have to buy a new belt, too. Change the plugs at 90 K miles, too.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008

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    Thanks for the FixYA. Much Appreciated.

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The belt needs to be replaced at 90,000. however engines with chain do not need replacement

Posted on Oct 05, 2008

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