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Old 22 Oct 2011, 04:01 am
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Default Changing timing belt 100k?

Just bought an '02 Accord from a used car lot. It has 112k miles, and I asked the salesman if it had the 100k tune up n he didn't know, but looks like the original water pump so I'm sure it hasn't been serviced.. I'm basically a broke college student and will not have the $ for the parts and tools for at least a month or 2. I know there's really no set life of the belt, but my question is will it most likely hold up for a while until I get the money? The last thing I need is a valve job too... Oh and more info, I drive about 120 miles a week to and from school, and am pretty easy on her; to save gas I shift at around 2000 rpm, and on the fwy I never really get up too much past 3000 rpm.
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Old 22 Oct 2011, 04:16 am
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The 100k timing belt is a recommendation doesn't mean if it reaches 100k the belt will just break I would say it is likely to last until you get it replace ASAP since it could end up costing you 2k+ instead of $500 for a timing belt replacement.
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Old 22 Oct 2011, 04:31 am
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Your engine is an interference engine which means the belt is the only thing keeping your valves opening only when the piston is down away from the cylinder head. If the belt breaks the piston can come into contact with an open valve. Only needing a valve job would be a lucky break because usually the piston hits the valves so hard and fast that the piston rod bends or breaks or the piston head cracks.

Now that being said, i have seen belts last well over 200k but since its failure means instant death of your engine they recommend changing in half as many miles only as preventative measure. So i would continue to take it easy and save your money but no need to panic just yet.
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