Does A Toyota Highlander Have A Timing Belt Or Timing Chain?

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Toyota Highlander Belt Or Chain

All 4 cylinder Toyota Highlanders from 2001 up to 2021 are equipped with a timing chain and an interference engine.

All V6 Toyota Highlanders from 2007 and older have timing belts and non-interference engines.

All V6 Toyota Highlanders from 2008 to 2021 have timing chains and interference engines.

For example, the 2021 Toyota Highlander 3.5L V6, 295 hp (2GR-FKS) option has a timing chain while the 2010 Toyota Highlander 3.3L V6 Hybrid, 270 hp (3MZ-FE) option has a timing belt.

Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Model Years Engine Option Timing Belt Or Chain Interference Or Non-Interference
2001-2007, 2009-2014 4 Cylinder timing chain interference
2001-2007 V6 timing belt non-interference
2008-2021 V6 timing chain interference
2006-2010 V6 timing belt non-interference
2011-2021 V6 timing chain interference
Toyota Highlander
Toyota Highlander

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Timing Belt Basics

A timing belt on the left versus a timing chain on the right.
A timing belt on the left versus a timing chain on the right.

The primary purpose of the timing belt or timing chain is to maintain the timing (syncronization) between the crankshaft and the camshaft(s).

A timing belt is made of a rubber compound while a timing chain is made of chain similiar to a bicycle chain.

A timing belt wears out over time and must be replaced at the manufacturer's specified interval. Timing belt failure can result in serious engine damage.

Although a timing chain will wear over time it is usually good for the lifetime of the engine but it should be routinely inspected.

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Note: Replacement intervals are broad recommendations and can be affected by age, weather conditions, running conditions etc. Check with the owner's manual/ manufacturer/ dealership.

2021 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2021 Toyota Highlander models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2021 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
3.5L V6, 295 hp (2GR-FKS) timing chain interference lifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. Hybrid, 243 hp (A25A-FXS) timing chain interference lifetime
2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2020 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2020 Toyota Highlander models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2020 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
3.5L V6, 295 hp (2GR-FKS) timing chain interference lifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. Hybrid, 240 hp (A25A-FXS) timing chain interference lifetime
2020 Toyota Highlander
2020 Toyota Highlander

2019 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2019 Toyota Highlander models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2019 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
3.5L V6, 295 hp (2GR-FKS) timing chain interference lifetime
2.7L 4 Cyl., 185 hp (1AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.5L V6 Hybrid, 306 hp (2GR-FXE) timing chain interference lifetime

2018 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2018 Toyota Highlander models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2018 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
3.5L V6, 295 hp (2GR-FKS) timing chain interference lifetime
2.7L 4 Cyl., 185 hp (1AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.5L V6 Hybrid, 306 hp (2GR-FXE) timing chain interference lifetime
2018 Toyota Highlander
2018 Toyota Highlander

2017 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2017 Toyota Highlander models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2017 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
3.5L V6, 295 hp (2GR-FKS) timing chain interference lifetime
2.7L 4 Cyl., 185 hp (1AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.5L V6 Hybrid, 306 hp (2GR-FXE) timing chain interference lifetime
2017 Toyota Highlander
2017 Toyota Highlander

2016 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2016 Toyota Highlander models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2016 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
3.5L V6, 270 hp (2GR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
2.7L 4 Cyl., 185 hp (1AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.5L V6 Hybrid, 280 hp (2GR-FXE) timing chain interference lifetime

2015 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2015 Toyota Highlander models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2015 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
3.5L V6, 270 hp (2GR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
2.7L 4 Cyl., 185 hp (1AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.5L V6 Hybrid, 280 hp (2GR-FXE) timing chain interference lifetime

2014 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2014 Toyota Highlander models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2014 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
3.5L V6, 270 hp (2GR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
2.7L 4 Cyl., 185 hp (1AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.5L V6 Hybrid, 280 hp (2GR-FXE) timing chain interference lifetime

2013 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2013 Toyota Highlander models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2013 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
3.5L V6, 270 hp (2GR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
2.7L 4 Cyl., 185 hp (1AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.5L V6 Hybrid, 280 hp (2GR-FXE) timing chain interference lifetime

2012 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2012 Toyota Highlander models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2012 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
3.5L V6, 270 hp (2GR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
2.7L 4 Cyl., 185 hp (1AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.5L V6 Hybrid, 280 hp (2GR-FXE) timing chain interference lifetime

2011 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2011 Toyota Highlander models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2011 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
3.5L V6, 270 hp (2GR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
2.7L 4 Cyl., 185 hp (1AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.5L V6 Hybrid, 280 hp (2GR-FXE) timing chain interference lifetime

2010 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

All conventional 2010 Toyota Highlander models have timing chains and interference engines while the Highlander Hybrid has a timing belt along with a non-interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2010 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
3.5L V6, 270 hp (2GR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
2.7L 4 Cyl., 185 hp (1AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.3L V6 Hybrid, 270 hp (3MZ-FE) timing belt non-interference 90k miles

2009 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

All conventional 2009 Toyota Highlander models have timing chains and interference engines while the Highlander Hybrid has a timing belt along with a non-interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2009 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
3.5L V6, 270 hp (2GR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
2.7L 4 Cyl., 185 hp (1AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.3L V6 Hybrid, 270 hp (3MZ-FE) timing belt non-interference 90k miles

2008 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

The conventional 2008 Toyota Highlander models have timing chains and interference engines while the Hybrids have timing belts and non-interference engines. See the data outlined in the table below.

2008 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
3.5L V6, 270 hp (2GR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.3L V6 Hybrid, 270 hp (3MZ-FE) timing belt non-interference 90k miles

2007 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

The 4 cylinder 2007 Toyota Highlander has a timing chain and interference engine while both the conventional V6 and Hybrid V6 have timing belts and non-interference engines. See the data outlined in the table below.

2007 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.4L 4 Cyl., 160 hp (2AZ-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.3L V6, 230 hp (3MZ-FE) timing belt non-interference 100k miles
3.3L V6 Hybrid, 270 hp (3MZ-FE) timing belt non-interference 100k miles

2006 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

The 4 cylinder 2006 Toyota Highlander has a timing chain and interference engine while both the conventional V6 and Hybrid V6 have timing belts and non-interference engines. See the data outlined in the table below.

2006 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.4L 4 Cyl., 160 hp (2AZ-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.3L V6, 230 hp (3MZ-FE) timing belt non-interference 100k miles
3.3L V6 Hybrid, 270 hp (3MZ-FE) timing belt non-interference 100k miles

2005 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

The 4 cylinder 2005 Toyota Highlander has a timing chain and an interference engine while the V6 has a timing belt and a non-interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2005 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.4L 4 Cyl., 160 hp (2AZ-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.3L V6, 230 hp (3MZ-FE) timing belt non-interference 100k miles

2004 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

The 4 cylinder 2004 Toyota Highlander has a timing chain and an interference engine while the V6 has a timing belt and a non-interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2004 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.4L 4 Cyl., 160 hp (2AZ-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.3L V6, 230 hp (3MZ-FE) timing belt non-interference 90k miles

2003 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

The 4 cylinder 2003 Toyota Highlander has a timing chain and an interference engine while the V6 has a timing belt and a non-interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2003 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.4L 4 Cyl., 160 hp (2AZ-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.3L V6, 230 hp (3MZ-FE) timing belt non-interference 90k miles

2002 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

The 4 cylinder 2002 Toyota Highlander has a timing chain and an interference engine while the V6 has a timing belt and a non-interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2002 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.4L 4 Cyl., 155 hp (2AZ-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.3L V6, 230 hp (3MZ-FE) timing belt non-interference 90k miles

2001 Toyota Highlander - Timing Belt Or Chain

The 4 cylinder 2001 Toyota Highlander has a timing chain and an interference engine while the V6 has a timing belt and a non-interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2001 Toyota Highlander Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.4L 4 Cyl., 155 hp (2AZ-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.3L V6, 230 hp (3MZ-FE) timing belt non-interference 90k miles

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