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Toyota Tercel Timing Belt, Water Pump

Q. Hi! I have a 1996 Toyota Tercel and it has about 92,000 miles on it. I plan on replacing the timing belt very soon (for the first time). I know that some timing belts are run by the water pump. And, if that is the case, I should replace the water pump as well (is this correct?). My question is, how can I find out if my toyota's timing belt is run by the water pump?

Toyota Tercel Timing Belt, Water Pump

Also, I've gotten some estimates for replacing the timing belt and they have been between $200.00 and $300.00, are these estimates accurate?

Thanks for your help!

A. In this engine the water pump is not driven by the timing belt. Nor does the timing belt have to be removed to gain access to the water pump. So the water pump can be excluded from the timing belt replacement.

However, if there are signs the water pump is leaking then it should be replaced. It would not be a bad idea to replace it while everything is apart as a preventative maintenance measure. Also I would recommend putting a new set of fan belts on. They have to come off to do the timing belt so the only extra expense is the price of the belts themselves.

The timing belt is about $30.00 and 2.5 hours labor. So in my shop it would run about $200.00 to $230.00.

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