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#1868 of 2262 Honda Timing Belt Replacement Advice
Sep 13, 2009 (6:03 pm)
I have a few questions that I hope someone can answer.
I have a 2002 Honda Accord Ex. It current has approximately 74,400 miles and its seven years old. After a routine oil change, I was recently told by Honda maintenance that the timing belt will need to be changed. The standard maintenance schedule for belt replacement is 7 years or 105K miles.
I was given a quote of $895 to change the timing belt (only?) from one Honda dealership. Another one said that it will be $1,000 (replacing two drive belts, the timing belt, water pump and run valve adjustments).
1. SInce I only have 74,000 miles, can I delay replacing the timing belt and if so for how long?
2. Should I replace the timing belt only or should I replace the other parts as mentioned above?
3. Do I have to go with Honda? Is it possible to get a better price and same service from places like Midas, Sullivan Tires, Meineke?
4. If I go with someone other than Honda, what kind of questions should I ask and are they suppose to use Honda parts for replacements?
#1869 of 2262 Re: Honda Timing Belt Replacement Advice [zendao]
Sep 13, 2009 (7:39 pm)
You could probably put the timing belt off, for a little while, but I would not wait too long. All those parts and valve adjustment should be done at the same time (while they have everything apart for the timing belt change). You could probably get a better price from another shop, but I would suggest they use Honda parts. Just my opinion.
#1870 of 2262 Re: Honda Timing Belt Replacement Advice [zendao]
Sep 13, 2009 (9:16 pm)
I didn't change my belts until 185K on my 1999 Honda Accord coupe, so that's a testament to the reliability and durability of Honda automobiles. On the otherhand, maybe I just got lucky. So with that in mind, follow the service manual guide or at least get it done by the 100K mark.
Also, be advised that in some circles it's recommended to get the water pump replaced at the time of the belt replacement b/c it costs just as much to have the water pump replaced should it fail at a later date. [ The water pump is located within the timing belt repair ]
I've always had my car serviced by Honda b/c I don't trust other service centers. I've heard one too many horror stories when it comes to getting your car serviced by so called " Honda Specialists. " Also, in my area, Honda doesn't charge more than others - so far, it's actually been less than others - I use to go to Walmart for oil changes, but they stripped the hex head on my oil pan bolt, so I get my oil changed at Honda as well.
Note: I have serviced my brake pads and rotors when needed, b/c I know how to do it and the savings is significant. All else is Honda.
#1871 of 2262 Re: Honda Timing Belt Replacement Advice [zendao]
Sep 14, 2009 (5:29 am)
Letting the timing belt go for 185K miles as one person here did is not wise. It has nothing to do with how great Honda is. It has to do with aging and exposure to heat, cold, and wear. Honda does not make the belt anyway.
With 75K miles, I would let it go to its 100K mile interval. Over $800 for timing belt job is too high if your Accord is 4 cylinder. For V-6, it is about right. I am sure they are replacing the timing belt, belt tensioner, water pump, and the coolant.
My local Honda dealer charged $250 to replace the timing belt on my 2001 Accord 4 cylinder with 122K miles. He checked the water pump and did not replace it. He said there was no sign of seepage that warranted its replacement.
Muffler shops can't replace timing belts. Ask around and find a reputable independent shop that works on Japanese cars and get a quote. Also even Honda dealers occasionally have decent specials on timing belt replacements.
#1872 of 2262 Re: Honda Timing Belt Replacement Advice [jodar96]
Sep 14, 2009 (9:08 am)
Please don't twist my words and piggyback my post with criticism and echoes. Where did I say it was wise to wait until 185K to change your timing belt? I never stated that, nor did I imply it. I stated that I had the original belt replaced at 185K, just as you stated that you went 122K before replacing yours. I then advised the creator of this post to follow the maintenance within the owners manual or to at least replace the belt by 100K, of which you echoed [You felt the need to parrot the 100K service advice for some reason(?)]
Anyway, the fact that the belt lasted for 185K [122K in your case] is a testament to the quality of Honda automobiles. I mean, forget the timing belt, cos' in most cases, entire cars don't last much beyond 100K.
Everybody and their grandpa knows that Honda's and Toyota's rule when it comes to durability, reliability, efficiency and longevity. Hey, and who cares whether Honda makes the belt or not? I don't care if Betty Crocker makes it b/c at the end of the day, the belt lasted 185K [122K in your case] in a Honda Accord.
Good day, Sir
#1873 of 2262 Re: Honda Timing Belt Replacement Advice [zendao]
Sep 14, 2009 (1:38 pm)
I'd get it done soon, but f you needed a few months to save up for it, I doubt you'll have trouble doing so. I paid $478 to my trusted mechanic to have the timing belt and water pump replaced in my '96 4-cylinder. He said he'd do the belt for 400 and do the pump at cost. My dealer wanted $850 to do it, and the other local garage I use wanted $720, not including the water pump.
#1874 of 2262 ACCORD 02/TRANNY/ FUEL PUMP.
Sep 14, 2009 (4:58 pm)
hi folks. this is my first posting. my 02 accord EX is at 284000 and the tranny is slipping. I have had the fluids changed several times and now i have placed in 50% lucas which seems to have helped. I saw the recall and legal issues with the tranny but this was never mentioned to me all these years. The Lucas seems to have helped so far.Is this going to get worse or will it stabelize!
On an interesting note I had once accidentally placed in diesal fuel which had to be removed. I assume that the fuel tanks was removed and cleaned as it cost about 750 Cd$.Ever since then the car had always stopped when the fuel tank was half empty. I mentioned this several times to the dealership but nothing was ever done. I placed in all kinds of fluid to clean the system but to no avail. I just took it to another independent shop who diagnosed it as a fuel pump issue as opposed to a solonoid.The mech. took the fuel tank apart and found............3 rags left behind in the tank!!!I took it in today and was told that their rags were green not yellow.
I cant prove these things but see no reason why the mech would create a false situation esp since he signed this observation. Anyways the car runs well and the pick up is nice.Man honda is expensive!!!
#1875 of 2262 02 Accord tranny slip
Sep 14, 2009 (8:17 pm)
Does it have Honda brand ATF in it? If not, perform the ATF drain and refill procedure using only Honda brand ATF. It may take 3x to get all the old ATF outta there.
#1876 of 2262 Re: Honda Timing Belt Replacement Advice [zendao]
Sep 14, 2009 (8:25 pm)
I would get it done at a Honda dealer. Do the area dealers run Inet specials? I got mine done with the water pump,coolant,etal on my 02 v6 at my dealer for about $700. I was at 96k. Now I gotta keep it another 70k or so.
#1877 of 2262 Re: Honda Timing Belt Replacement Advice [zendao]
Sep 15, 2009 (9:44 am)
I have a 2002 Accord Sedan DX. It has 139 K on it. I had the timing belt replaced at 72K ( I didn't realize you could go to 100K). My mechanic (who replaced it the first time) this I should replace it now before winter (I'm in NH). Should I wait? Should all the belts and water pump be done again?