I have a '96 Toyota Camry and would like to know at what mileage I should have the timing belt replaced? I understand that it's a very important maintenance item, but I get different answers from different people about how often to replace the belt.
Timing belt replacement is very important. A timing belt failure will not only leave you stuck somewhere, but can cause serious engine damage on certain applications.
In past years it was kind of a universal thought that a timing belt should be replaced at 100,000 miles, but most of today's manufacturers, including Toyota, are recommending replacement at 60,000 miles.
There are drivers who take 10 years to accumulate 30,000 miles. In these cases the belt should be inspected and replaced regardless of the number of miles. The rubber timing belts can dry up and crack leading to a failure due to age, while having limited mileage on the clock.