2000 Toyota Camry Engine Sounds Loud when Accelerating

I have a 2000 Toyota Camry LE with 206,000 miles on it and just had it break down on Friday night. We had it towed to my house and finally figured out the timing belt had broken. We bought a new tensioner, idler, timing belt, and water pump and my boyfriend installed it. He is pretty mechanically inclined but had no prior experience working on a Toyota. He finally got it running yesterday after having some problem getting the timing correct. However, after driving the car it doesn’t sound right to me. I have been driving this car for 9 years and know its sounds like my own heartbeat. It sounds right idling but when you press the accelerator it sounds like its louder and working harder than usual. It also seems to take longer to change gears and the rpms seem to be getting up higher before changing. It used to be hard to even hear it running. I’m concerned and my boyfriend is unsure what could be causing this change. Please help.

2 thoughts on “2000 Toyota Camry Engine Sounds Loud when Accelerating”

  1. It sounds like your boyfriend tried his hardest to do you a solid, but letting him learn on your car was probably not a money saver.

    Most likely the timing belt is still a tooth off(not installed correctly) and will still allow the engine to run but with reduced power and would also sound different.

    You could let him give it another go or bite the bullet and take it to the shop and have it corrected.

  2. Thanks so much. After going back and tweaking it a bit it now sounds like my car again. I appreciate your help!!

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