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You will need to get a new tension spring from a dealer if yours has exceeded its limit.
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The hydraulic tensioner? Are you sure you have the 4 cylinder engine?
I would get another mechanic then, there is no hydraulic tensioner on a 4 cylinder 1998 model.
I am going to OPT OUT of your question so you can get the correct information from your mechanic.
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Is your mechanic using a genuine Toyota timing belt purchased at a dealer?