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    Default 89 Celica GT Timing Belt ?

    I have an 89 Celica Gt 3sfe, automatic trans While coming to a stop from 25mph the engine stalled, upon trying to restart the real fast spin of the starter leads me to believe the Timing Belt has failed. Iam looking to have a shop replace the belt,water pump,idler and tensioner and was wondering what might be a reasonable price for this? Mechanics have quoted between 3 and 6 hours of labor.
    Could any damage to the engine have happened when the belt went?
    110,000 miles on engine no recent work has been done, no indicators of a problem before the stall.
    Thanks in Advance.

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    That sounds about right for labor. If the mechanic is good, it should be done in 3 hours. It's just a matter of pulling a mount and then getting everything out/in accordingly.

    You can pull the upper timing cover (4 or 5 bolts) and inspect the belt going over the cam. The engines (s-series) are non-interface. That means if the valves stop moving due to a timing belt failure (or something else in the head), the pistons will not slap or hit the valves at all if the bottom continues to spin for a few seconds..
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    BurnyD, Thanks so much for the reply.

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    BurnyD, Thanks so much for the reply.

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    I know right?! lol

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    What if the spinning you're hearing is just the bendix not kicking the starter gear out? When my timing belt went, it still sounded like cranking, but it wouldn't turn over. The only times I've heard the starter spin quickly is when:

    a) the starter wasn't kicking the gear out to engage the flywheel, and
    b) when I had the spark plugs out (relieving engine compression).

    Even if the timing belt goes bad, the starter should still make the "whur whur whur whur" sound we're used to hearing because it's pushing the pistons into the compressed space of the cylinders. Sure, it's not turning the camshaft, but it's still turning the crankshaft.

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think a fast spinning starter is a timing belt problem. Sounds like the starter to me.

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    Dan, Thanks for the reply. The starter is actually spinning the motor over, however it is cranking as though the spark plugs are out.

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    pull the oil cap or distributor cap off and have someone crank the engine. Easiest way to tell if the cam is spinning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavemanlarry View Post
    pull the oil cap or distributor cap off and have someone crank the engine. Easiest way to tell if the cam is spinning.
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    Caveman, Thanks for the tip.

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    UPDATE: I took the Celica to a local shop recommended by a friend. Timing belt was the culprit. Mechanic changed the belt,water pump, idler,tensioner as well as the serpentine belt and anti-freeze. No other engine damage. Cost $503.00.
    Thanks to those of you who responded

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    That sounds cheap. Glad you got it fixed.

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