It’s a confusing question. On some makes of cars your engine is equipped with a timing chain. Say like your 2004 Toyota Camry 4 cylinder. It has a timing chain. There is no recommended service interval for a “Timing Chain”. So you do NOT have to replace it.
But if you had the V-6 engine version of a 2004 Toyota Camry…it has a timing belt inside. It does have to be replaced…and it’s recommended service interval is 90,000 miles. Now the good news is that even if you missed your service interval on a …Toyota…and the worst happened, the belt breaks….you would not blow the engine because the pistons and valves are built as a “non-interference” system. Meaning that they will not touch each other if the belt fails.
If you were driving a Honda…on the other hand…you would be in serious trouble if the timing belt gave out. There engines are built in just the opposite manner and the engine would self-destruct if the belt breaks. Always do all maintenance when the factory prescribes it….it will save you a lot of time, money and headache …down the road.
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