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Old 02-13-2013, 10:51 AM   #1
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Default Best Timing Belt Kit for 2003 3.0 v6?

It's belt time. Who makes the best kit with all the tensioners, idler(s), water pump, etc. and where is the best price? A friend of mine mentioned some oil seals that sometimes leak and should be replaced while doing the belt. Anyone know what that is about? Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-13-2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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Who makes the best kit with all the tensioners, idler(s), water pump, etc. and where is the best price? A friend of mine mentioned some oil seals that sometimes leak and should be replaced while doing the belt. Anyone know what that is about?
I went with the Gates Kit (TCK285BP) for about $206 from RockAuto, but check Amazon.

It came with Cam Shaft Seals that I didn't bother with. My Cam Cover Gaskets have started leaking, but that's a job for when you do the Plugs, T'stat.

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Found it for $133 on Amazon. Another $42 for an AC Delco water pump. Thanks!

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Another $42 for an AC Delco water pump.
Nice! I paid RA $59 for the Delco.

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Amazon is consistently beating everyone on price and usually free shipping to boot. I used to find stuff cheaper on eBay, not so much now. Several times in a row I've looked up auto parts on Rock Auto first, then compared it to Amazon, and Amazon wins. I have confidence that I can return stuff on Amazon also for free and hassle free. Amazon has a "fits your vehicle" check. So if you find it on Rock auto, cross check it on Amazon, then if it doesn't fit, you can blame Amazon for the mistake, but so far they have been correct on auto parts. I just ordered a muffler for my Toyota Avalon. Similar price as Rock Auto, but free shipping.

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