When I bought my 1996 Camry V6 new, I was told "replace the timing
belt at 60K miles." So I did, at 67K. Now I have 120K miles on the car
and was expecting to replace it again.
But when I was entering service information for a recent 120K-mile oil
change, I noticed that "Replace timing belt" has a footnote that says,
"Timing belt replacement only required for Special Operating Condition
3 as indicated on page 30 of this supplement." Then I checked the
60K-mile service page and found the same thing.
Special Operating Condition 3 covers "Extensive idling or low-speed
driving for long distances as in heavy commercial use, such as
delivery, taxi, or patrol car." Not only does this not apply to my
driving, NONE of the special operating conditions apply.
I can't find anything in the 1996 Owner's Manual Supplement that says
I should replace the timing belt, under my driving conditions.
So what's the deal? Does the timing belt have to be replaced on a
regular basis? The current belt has less then 60K miles on it. Should
I just keep driving, or replace it?