Does My Toyota Have A Timing Belt Or A Timing Chain?

Timing Belts vs. Timing Chains (and why it matters)

 

Do you know whether or not your vehicle has a timing belt or a timing chain?

Timing Chain vs Timing Belt

Do you care?

 

While no one probably blames you if you don’t know, but your Toyota’s health depends on it.

 

This is something important to know!

 

But that’s okay. After reading this nifty little article you will be in the know and can tell all your friends about your timing belt or chain… and visit the service department less often.

 

You’ll thank me later.

 

PLUS, WE HAVE PLACED A TABLE AT THE END OF THIS POST SHOWING WHICH TOYOTA MODELS AND YEARS HAVE WHICH TYPE OF BELT/CHAIN!

 

 

A Bit of Background

 

If you’re completely unaware of the concept of mechanical timing, don’t panic.

 

I’ve got you covered.

 

Ahem.

 

Mechanical timing (in very basic terms) is the relationship between the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft(s).

 

What?

Chain vs Belt

I know. Bear with me.

 

This is basically just how the movement of the valves and pistons inside the cylinders are controlled.

 

Timing belts and timing chains are the devices that connect the crankshaft to the camshaft(s).

 

Make a little more sense?

 

 

So What’s the Difference?

 

Here’s where knowing the difference between timing belts and timing chains comes in handy.

 

In other words, this is why you should care.

 

Timing belts are made of rubber and often have fiberglass or Kevlar woven in for extra strength.

 

They tend to be very quiet when they rotate, but they do wear out and have to be replaced over time (between 60,000 and 100,000 miles).

 

Fun fact of the day: Pontiac was the first to release this engine design in 1966.

 

I am just loading you up with conversation starters, my friend.

 

ANYWAY.

 

Timing chains, on the other hand, look a lot like a fancy bicycle chain.

 

They last a long time. Some manufacturers recommend replacing them at certain mileage or time intervals, while others say they are good for life.

 

The downfall of these devices, however, is that they have a tendency to be noisy.

 

And if it breaks it has the potential to destroy your engine.

 

So.

 

Just something to keep in mind.

 

 

If you have any other questions, just take a look at the image below. That should be of help to you.

 

Happy driving, and don’t forget about that Pontiac fact!

 

 

 Model Engine Year  Belt / Chain / Gear
 4Runner  4-Cylinder  1990-2000, 2010  Chain
   V6  1990-2002  Belt
   V6  2003-2014  Chain
   V8  2003-2009  Belt
 Avalon  V6  1995-2004   Belt 
   V6  2005-2014  Chain
 Avalon Hybrid   4-Cylinder   2013-2014  Chain
 Camry  All  1990-2001  Belt
   4-Cylinder  2002-2014  Chain
   V6  1990-2006  Belt
   V6  2007-2014  Chain
 Camry Hybrid  4-Cylinder  2007-2014  Chain
 Celica  4-Cylinder  1990-1999   Belt
   4-Cylinder  2000-2005  Chain
 Corolla  4-Cylinder  1990-1997   Belt
   4-Cylinder  1998-2014  Chain
 Cressida  L6  1990-1992   Belt
 Echo  4-Cylinder  2000-2005   Chain
 FJ Cruiser  V6  2007-2014  Chain
 Highlander  4-Cylinder  2001-2007, 2009-2014  Chain
   V6  2001-2007  Belt
   V6  2008-2014  Chain
 Highlander Hybrid  V6  2006-2010   Belt
   V6  2011-2014  Chain
 Land Cruiser  L6  1990-1992   Gear
   L6  1993-1997  Chain
   V8  1998-2007  Belt
   V8  2008-2014  Chain
 Matrix   4-Cylinder  2003-2013  Chain
 MR2  4-Cylinder  1990-1995   Belt
 MR2 Spyder  4-Cylinder  2000-2005   Chain
 Paseo  4-Cylinder  1992-1997   Belt
 Previa  4-Cylinder  1991-1997   Chain
 Prius  4-Cylinder  2001-2014   Chain
 Prius c  4-Cylinder  2012-2014  Chain
 Prius v  4-Cylinder  2012-2014  Chain
 Prius Plug-in  4-Cylinder  2012-2014  Chain
 RAV4  4-Cylinder  1996-2000   Belt
   4-Cylinder  2001-2014  Chain
   V6  2006-2012  Chain
 Sequoia  4.7 V8  2001-2009  Belt
   4.6 V8  2010-2012  Chain
   5.7 V8  2008-2014  Chain
 Sienna  V6  1998-2006   Belt
   V6  2007-2014  Chain
   4-Cylinder  2011-2012  Chain
 Solara  4-Cylinder  1999-2001   Belt
   V6  1999-2009  Belt
   4-Cylinder  2002-2008  Chain
 Supra  L6  1990-1998   Belt
 T100  4-Cylinder  1995-1998   Chain
   V6  1993-1998  Belt
 Tacoma  4-Cylinder  1995-2014  Chain
   V6  1995-2004  Belt
   V6  2005-2014  Chain
 Tercel  4-Cylinder  1990-1998   Belt
 Truck  4-Cylinder  1990-1995  Chain
   V6  1990-1995  Belt
 Tundra  V6  2000-2004   Belt
   4.7 V8  2000-2009  Belt
   V6  2005-2014  Chain
   5.7 V8   2007-2014  Chain 
   4.6 V8  2010-2014  Chain
 Venza  All  2009-2014  Chain
 Yaris  4-Cylinder  2007-2014  Chain