Timing belt

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KAREN HEADEN
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  • 2002 TOYOTA SEQUOIA
  • 220,000 MILES
Purchased a vehicle from a private owner about last week and he had the timing belt changed August of last year at a dealership in the area. The timing belt is still under warranty my question to you if I am hearing a whining noise when I hit the gas pedal could that be the one of timing belt tension gone bad? I called the dealership and they stated that since the previous owner had the work done on it and I'm the new owner that I would need to pay 105.00 diagnostic charge and if it was their fault they would fix it and give back my money if it's not their fault that they would put the 105.00 toward the service to fix the car if I didn't want them to fix it they would keep my money. My question to you is what should I do because I do not have 105.00 just to be giving away.
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Monday, March 27th, 2017 AT 6:47 AM

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STEVE W.
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Very hard to say, a whine can come from a lot of things under the hood. From the serpentine belt, alternator, power steering pump, exhaust, transmission or even an air leak around the intake system. I wouldn't think it was the timing belt though, it hasn't been that long. I would check your oil level as some of the tensioners get "wonky" if the oil gets low or needs changing. If you are worried you could just take it to an independent shop and have them listen. Would probably cost less. Without actually hearing it that is about the only answer I can give you.
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Monday, March 27th, 2017 AT 7:16 AM
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KAREN HEADEN
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Now the mechanic that change the vacuum cover of value cover did say that there was a small oil leak that's why he changed it would that stop the issue in time since no oil is leaking now.
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Monday, March 27th, 2017 AT 9:04 AM
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KAREN HEADEN
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The oil change was just done on the car this month
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Monday, March 27th, 2017 AT 9:05 AM
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STEVE W.
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As long as the oil is full and the correct weight it should be fine. Noises are one of those things that you have to hear and track down to be sure what they are. Some are easy to figure out, others are not. On thing you could try is the old hose trick. You take a 2-3 foot section of hose/tubing. Not really big stuff, garden hose sized works. You put one end up to your ear and then move the other end around the engine bay. WATCH OUT FOR MOVING PARTS! You will be able to track the noise as it will be the loudest at the source.
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Monday, March 27th, 2017 AT 4:58 PM

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