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Norma Johnson

Timing belts

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I have just bought my first Corolla from a family friend, and am so delighted with it. Its a 54 plate 4 door saloon and immaculate for the year. Its got the full service history and every receipt since it was new, so I should be very happy. Problem is its done 115k miles and I know that timing belts dont last forever, so I need some advice on what to do? Its not giving trouble but I have been told it can just snap then thats the 1.6 engine gone!!! Has anyone replaced theirs, and do I get it renewed to ensure its not going to go? Any help would be gratefully accepted! Thank you in anticipation

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You will be delighted to know that your car is not fitted with a timing belt, it has the alternative, a timing chain.  This is not a service item.  Provided the car has regular Oil and filter changes, this should last the life of the car with no maintenance.

Only the Corolla diesels of this era have timing belts.

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Timing chains are projected to last for a lifetime of the car, just pay attention to check the Oil from time to time, and replace it in a regular intervals (once a year, or 10k km), and your chain should be just fine.

 

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