Toyota Avalon V6 1MZ-FE: Timing Belt, Water Pump, and Seals Replacement (With Video)

Updated on March 22, 2020
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Toyota Avalon Timing Belt Job
Toyota Avalon Timing Belt Job

'97 Toyota Avalon (1MZ-FE V6) Timing Belt, Water Pump & Seals Replacement

This article, via video, will demonstrate how to replace the timing belt, water pump, camshaft and crankshaft seals on a 97' Toyota Avalon. The 1MZ-FE engine was also used on other Toyota and Lexus vehicles during the years of 1992' through 2003.

This Avalon had 170,000 miles and the customer was complaining of excessive oil leaking down behind his right front wheel. Since his power steering reservoir was not low, and oil was present below the lower timing belt cover, I concluded that either one or both camshaft seals were worn out.

The kit I bought and used consisted of a Mitsubishi timing belt, Aisin water pump, Koyo and GMB bearings, and new camshaft and crankshaft seals. These parts brands are OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts providers for Japanese auto manufacturers.

Toyota Avalon (1MZ-FE V6) Timing Belt Replacement Video

Location of Bolts on the 1MZ-FE Side Engine Mount

1MZ-FE V6 side motor mount
1MZ-FE V6 side motor mount

Location of Bolts on the 1MZ-FE Water Pump

MZ-FE water pump
MZ-FE water pump

See this article for more still photos and more discussion of a 1MZFE timing belt replacement job.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2020 hardlymoving

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