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There is an easy way to find out if your car is driven by a timing chain or timing belt motor. If, on the side (not top) of the engine, either left or right, there is a plastic cover, your car has timing belt. If there is no plastic on the side, you have a timing chain. Here is a video that explains and shows the point.


Following is the complete Toyota Timing Belt and Timing Chain List. Some Toyota engines have timing belts, some have timing chains. It pays to know what your engine has. Belts need to be replaced at normal intervals (usually every 90-100k on late model cars) or you will have hell to pay.


A person can time the timing belt on a 1990 Daihatsu Rocky SUV by first aligning the timing marks on the sprockets with the timing chain. The cam shaft and crankshaft are then aligned and the ...


The good ones, in my humble opinion, use chains. I prefer chains for the longevity, but belts are just fine, except in one particular case, and that would be in interference engines. Belts are cheap and quiet and (relatively) easy to change, but i...


Step 12: Reinstall the timing chain cover gasket and put some silicone sealer on the corners where the timing chain gasket and oil pan gasket meet. Step 13: Reinstall the timing chain cover, harmonic balancer, bottom pulley(s), water pump, fuel pump, and other items mounted on the front of the engine. Also reattach the fan clutch, radiator and ...


Cars that have timing chains instead of timing belts include the 2006 to 2016 Honda Civic, 2003 to 2016 Honda CR-V and Accord 2.4 and 2003 to 2011 Honda Element. Other cars with timing chains include the Toyota 2005 to 2012 Avalon V6, 1998 to 2012 4-cylinder Corolla and 2002 to 2012 4-cylinder Camry.


Honda switched over to chains in all of their 4 cylinders around 2000. Their V6's continued to use belts for a while. Maybe they still have belts? Anyhow timing chain failures in Hondas are exceedingly rare. I know of plenty of examples of 400k+ mile Honda engines with perfectly functioning timing chains.


Which models have a belt/chain? 1998 - 2005: For the 1998 to 2005 models the Lexus is 200 and is 300 both have timing belts. 2005 - 2013: For the 2005 to 2013 models, the is 200d, is 250, is 300 and is 350 all feature timing chains.


Toyota uses both timing belts and timing chains in their vehicles, and it is important to know which type your vehicle employs. Timing belts require more maintenance than timing chains and need to be replaced every 60,000 to 90,000 miles.


Pictured, for example, is a new timing chain assembly being lowered into a N47 1.8-litre petrol engine from a 32,000 miles 2008 BMW 1 Series. Buying Tips. If you are looking to buy a car equipped with a timing chain, check first if the model in question is prone to chain failure (GEM members can call or e-mail our Technical Team). If so, see if ...