Toyota Repair Problems? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Hi Todd! Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm Ron Z and I'll be helping you with your question today.
According to the Toyota Normal Service Schedule for your vehicle, the belt is to be replaced at intervals of every 90,000 miles (and unofficially roughly every 7 years if the mileage hasn't been reached). So, if it's been 8 years, this is definitely something to consider. If this belt is to break while the engine is under load, it can cause major internal engine damage. Definitely a 'better safe than sorry' type of maintenance item.
As for the estimate you received, the Belt sells for around $62 and the Labor Time Guide calls for 4 hours to complete the job. Labor rates vary from shop to shop, so what you pay for labor will effect the bot***** *****ne. For a job of this type, a "fair" labor rate can be anywhere from $85-$125 per hour. So the estimate of $1100 is definitely a bit on the high side.
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