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Old 19 Jun 2008, 08:56 am
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Default Timing chain or belt after 9 years

I have a 1999 Honda CRV with 100,000 miles. I am not sure if I have
a Timing Chain or Timing Belt and was wondering if it might break
with the high mileage I have on the vehicle. Is there any warning I
should look or listen to?
I have had this CRV since it was new and did all the oil changes every
3 to 4 months for the past 9 years. Please advise.
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Old 19 Jun 2008, 09:34 am
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<teser3@hotmail.com> wrote
>I have a 1999 Honda CRV with 100,000 miles. I am not sure
>if I have
> a Timing Chain or Timing Belt and was wondering if it
> might break
> with the high mileage I have on the vehicle. Is there any
> warning I
> should look or listen to?
> I have had this CRV since it was new and did all the oil
> changes every
> 3 to 4 months for the past 9 years. Please advise.


It's a timing belt on the 99 CR-Vs. See bkhondaparts.com
and your owner's manual. Your owner's manual says the belt
is due every 105k miles or 7 years, whichever comes first.
IIRC if you drive in extreme cold or heat, it's due at 60k
miles. Either way, yours is overdue. Visual inspection
generally does not reveal the condition of a timing belt.
Change the belt immediately. If it breaks, then the engine
may suffer serious damage to the tune of several thousand
dollars.


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Old 19 Jun 2008, 12:34 pm
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Default Re: Timing chain or belt after 9 years

teser3@hotmail.com wrote:
> I have a 1999 Honda CRV with 100,000 miles. I am not sure if I have
> a Timing Chain or Timing Belt and was wondering if it might break
> with the high mileage I have on the vehicle. Is there any warning I
> should look or listen to?
> I have had this CRV since it was new and did all the oil changes every
> 3 to 4 months for the past 9 years. Please advise.


I just had the timing belt changed on my late wife's 1997 Civic this
past January. My recommendation would be that you get it changed ASAP
because I know someone who failed to change his timing belt, and his
engine ended up damaged beyond repair. After my buddy told me that, I
scheduled my appointment. While they were in there, I had the
dealership change the water pump too.
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Old 19 Jun 2008, 02:08 pm
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On Jun 19, 8:56 am, "tes...@hotmail.com" <tes...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> I have a 1999 Honda CRV with 100,000 miles. I am not sure if I have
> a Timing Chain or Timing Belt


Belt

> and was wondering if it might break
> with the high mileage I have on the vehicle.


Yes (you are past the maximum number of years (7), too)

> Is there any warning I
> should look or listen to?


Nope, they just let go.

> I have had this CRV since it was new and did all the oil changes every
> 3 to 4 months for the past 9 years.


That's great but doesn't do much for the timing belt.

> Please advise.


Change it now; replace with Honda parts. Yeah, it's an expensive
maintenance item.

Your next Honda will probably have a timing chain so keep up the oil
change habit.

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Old 19 Jun 2008, 08:59 pm
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On Jun 19, 2:08*pm, ACAR <dimndsonmywnds...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Jun 19, 8:56 am, "tes...@hotmail.com" <tes...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I have a 1999 Honda CRV with 100,000 miles. * I am not sure if I have
> > a Timing Chain or Timing Belt

>
> Belt
>
> > and was wondering if *it might break
> > with the high mileage I have on the vehicle.

>
> Yes (you are past the maximum number of years (7), too)
>
> > *Is there any warning I
> > should look or listen to?

>
> Nope, they just let go.
>
> > I have had this CRV since it was new and did all the oil changes every
> > 3 to 4 months for the past 9 years.

>
> That's great but doesn't do much for the timing belt.
>
> > *Please advise.

>
> Change it now; replace with Honda parts. Yeah, it's an expensive
> maintenance item.
>
> Your next Honda will probably have a timing chain so keep up the oil
> change habit.


Thanks, the responses here are what I needed.
Local dealers are charging around $800-$1000 in Washington DC area.
Merchants says around $500-$600. Any advise on what is reasonable
price?
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Old 19 Jun 2008, 09:41 pm
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"teser3@hotmail.com" <teser3@hotmail.com> wrote in
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>
> Thanks, the responses here are what I needed.
> Local dealers are charging around $800-$1000 in Washington DC area.
> Merchants says around $500-$600. Any advise on what is reasonable
> price?
>



Sorry, but the prices given are meaningless without knowing what
exactly is inside those prices.

Dealer shop rate will be over $100. The independent will be closer to
$75.

The dealer may be doing the job properly, using all OEM parts, replacing
the water pump, coolant, accessory drive belts and timing belt, and
maybe even the tensioner.

The independent may be using an aftermarket timing belt, re-using the
accessory drive belts and tensioner, and not even touching the cooling
system.

Care to itemize the quotes you received?

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Old 19 Jun 2008, 10:00 pm
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Default Re: Timing chain or belt after 9 years

Use an import shop and roll the dice a bit. The dealer will
probably cover more ground, but some of what they do may be
overboard. So do as Tegger says and find out exactly what
the dealer will do and what the import shop will do. E.g.
it's usual to change the water pump with the timing belt,
but it's possible the import shop will not while the dealer
will. Find out what coolant is used to top off the cooling
system after the water pump is replaced. You want OEM
coolant, only. Report back as needed.

<teser3@hotmail.com> wrote
Local dealers are charging around $800-$1000 in Washington
DC area.
Merchants says around $500-$600. Any advise on what is
reasonable
price?


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Old 19 Jun 2008, 11:50 pm
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teser3@hotmail.com wrote:

> Thanks, the responses here are what I needed.
> Local dealers are charging around $800-$1000 in Washington DC area.
> Merchants says around $500-$600. Any advise on what is reasonable
> price?


========================

While you're at it, get the valves adjusted and be sure to tell them you
want them on the _loose_ side of the specs. Make a note in your owner's
manual. 30,000 miles (50,000 Km) for adjustments. Yes, the manual is
very wrong.

'Curly'
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Old 20 Jun 2008, 07:03 am
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On Jun 19, 8:59 pm, "tes...@hotmail.com" <tes...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> On Jun 19, 2:08 pm, ACAR <dimndsonmywnds...@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> > On Jun 19, 8:56 am, "tes...@hotmail.com" <tes...@hotmail.com> wrote:

>
> > > I have a 1999 Honda CRV with 100,000 miles. I am not sure if I have
> > > a Timing Chain or Timing Belt

>
> > Belt

>
> > > and was wondering if it might break
> > > with the high mileage I have on the vehicle.

>
> > Yes (you are past the maximum number of years (7), too)

>
> > > Is there any warning I
> > > should look or listen to?

>
> > Nope, they just let go.

>
> > > I have had this CRV since it was new and did all the oil changes every
> > > 3 to 4 months for the past 9 years.

>
> > That's great but doesn't do much for the timing belt.

>
> > > Please advise.

>
> > Change it now; replace with Honda parts. Yeah, it's an expensive
> > maintenance item.

>
> > Your next Honda will probably have a timing chain so keep up the oil
> > change habit.

>
> Thanks, the responses here are what I needed.
> Local dealers are charging around $800-$1000 in Washington DC area.
> Merchants says around $500-$600. Any advise on what is reasonable
> price?


I live in Laurel, MD

I'd pay extra not to have Merchants work on my car.
If you don't know a good independent mechanic take it to a dealer. I
know a good independent in Columbia, MD (Benchmark Motors).

Like the Tegger says, know what they're doing for your money. Get a
list, check it twice...

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Old 20 Jun 2008, 07:09 am
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On Jun 19, 8:59 pm, "tes...@hotmail.com" <tes...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> On Jun 19, 2:08 pm, ACAR <dimndsonmywnds...@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> > On Jun 19, 8:56 am, "tes...@hotmail.com" <tes...@hotmail.com> wrote:

>
> > > I have a 1999 Honda CRV with 100,000 miles. I am not sure if I have
> > > a Timing Chain or Timing Belt

>
> > Belt

>
> > > and was wondering if it might break
> > > with the high mileage I have on the vehicle.

>
> > Yes (you are past the maximum number of years (7), too)

>
> > > Is there any warning I
> > > should look or listen to?

>
> > Nope, they just let go.

>
> > > I have had this CRV since it was new and did all the oil changes every
> > > 3 to 4 months for the past 9 years.

>
> > That's great but doesn't do much for the timing belt.

>
> > > Please advise.

>
> > Change it now; replace with Honda parts. Yeah, it's an expensive
> > maintenance item.

>
> > Your next Honda will probably have a timing chain so keep up the oil
> > change habit.

>
> Thanks, the responses here are what I needed.
> Local dealers are charging around $800-$1000 in Washington DC area.
> Merchants says around $500-$600. Any advise on what is reasonable
> price?


I live in Laurel, MD.

You don't want this work done at Merchants.
If you don't know an independent, pay a dealer. Like Tegger says, get
a list and know what's being done. I have an independent in Columbia,
MD (Benchmark Motors) I use and I've had positive experiences with the
Honda dealer in Clarksville, MD (Jim Coleman Honda).

Good luck.
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