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Old 24 Jan 2013, 01:16 pm
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Default High mileage honda accord maintenance?

Most people say don't replace parts until they break. Well does it hurt to replace parts such as the timing belt, clutch, water pump, etc if they aren't broken? I've read some parts just go up without warning, and my car has over 270,000 miles and I'm unsure when some of these parts were changed if ever.
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Old 24 Jan 2013, 01:33 pm
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I would not worry too much about the clutch and water pump. You may want to replace these if it has been some time (or in your case unknown amount of time) and you want to do it when it is convenient. And if you expect to keep your car long enough to make it worth while.

The timing belt is a different story. The Honda engine is an interference engine and if the timing belt goes, (slips a few notches or breaks) it could destroy your whole engine. When in doubt, replace the timing belt. This one is not worth the gamble.
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Old 24 Jan 2013, 01:46 pm
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It never hurts to replace something before it breaks it prevents a chain reaction I highly recomend replacing the clutch and timing belt cause my uncle had a timming belt go out on him and he had to do a complete rebuild. My friend had his clutch go out and it destroyed his fly wheel
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Old 24 Jan 2013, 02:01 pm
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You should go ahead & do a full tune up. Take the car in to have it checked out & replace any parts necessary. You can write down the dates of all repairs so that you know exactly when & where the repairs were done. Hondas will last you a long time with proper maintenance. As for us here, we been fixing & tuning Hondas & other import race cars for over 20 years. I always replace parts before it goes out, but as for me it a little easier. With all the experience I have, I can usually tell what's wrong with a car just by driving it. So I always check & replace parts before it goes bad.
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