Toyota Solara
Timing Belts and Chains

Does 2001 solara have a timing chain?

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May 27, 2009 1:24PM

This is one of the most popular questions on this site. As such it has been answered a good many times. The answer is also in the owners manual. It depends which engine you have. The 4-cylinder Solara engine uses a cam chain. There is no maintenance schedule. The 6-cylinder engine uses a timing belt. There is a maintenance schedule that calls for belt replacement at ten-years or 90-thousand miles whichever comes first. While it isn't in the manual, it is strongly suggested the water pump be changed at the same time while parts are already removed from the engine. Since the spark plugs are scheduled for replacement at 100-thousand miles the owner might as well do those too and avoid having to pull the intake runner off in just a few thousand miles. Cheers