05 Toyota Tundra Timing Belt
(Colorado Springs, Colorado)
05 Toyota Tundra timing belt kit
05 Toyota Tundra $400 timing belt turned into $1200. I took my 05 Toyota Tundra into the Toyota dealer for the serpentine belt and timing belt to be changed out. It was recommended on my Tundra to be done at 100,000. I was at 151,000. I did regular oil changes and maintenance upkeep.
I didn't know all that could happen if the timing belt went out so as soon as I could afford it, I took it in. I thought I had a good estimate at $425. Most the local shops were more by over $200. I was told that while doing this (local shops plus the dealer informed me) that they may have to replace the water pump if it was leaking while doing the timing belt.
I guess that is hidden in this area where the timing belt is. I dropped off my truck at 0830, I got a call from the dealer that not only did I need the water pump but my left and right cams were leaking oil. If I did not fix the oil leak, it could drip onto the timing belt and it could break. Well I was already trying to avoid that by having that fixed and I knew the cost of an engine if it went out.
It would also cost twice the amount if I had it done later and they where in the spot to do it. Not easy to get at. So basically Here I am ; I either pay an ADDITIONAL $700 NOW or just have them do the job I paid them to do and risk they may damage something so it leaks down the road, OR have fixed what actually may be leaking. I don't know if it is or not.
I know enough that I don't or haven't had any water in my oil, I haven't had any visible leaks, I'm not losing oil. I'm not losing water ? Where does water and oil go when leaking ? Wouldn't I have signs. They only guarantee for a year. Total is at $1250 it's 4PM. Still waiting. Yes, female.
Note: A related story posted by a mechanic about timing belt kits that include the Toyota v6 water pump.
This situation motivated me to write a story for the auto repair information blog about the importance of sourcing a timing belt kit. This applies to many Asian vehicles and especially for Toyota cars and trucks.