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Old 13 Apr 2010, 08:16 pm
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Default cost of replacing timing belt for 2000 honda accord?

My 2000 Honda Accord V6 has 84k miles on it, my Honda Dealer says i needed to replace timing belt and water pump, price quote for replacing belt and pump is $600 from the dealer. What're your suggestions to get timing belt and water pump replaced for a lower price than the dealer.

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Old 13 Apr 2010, 08:46 pm
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Unless you plan to do it yourself or really "know" a good mechanic, take it to the dealer. The price is a bit higher, but you will get genuine Honda parts, sound of mind that it's done right, and your car back in 1 day. Just about any other shop will buy the cheapest parts and don't have near the experience with your car that the dealership does. If the belt is put on wrong(out of timing)it could result in serious engine damage, like bent valves or worse. Also, that $600.00 should include the timing belt tensioner, (bearing and pully) new front main oil seal, plus about 8 other seals(little ones on the cam shaft ends valve cover, seal around each spark plug, and the timing cover seal) The water pump and seal also, which is very important to change because you have to remove all the same parts to get to the belt, and if the water pump starts to leak you need to replace the belt again. I just did my 1999 CR-V last fall and the parts (all Honda) were nearly $300.00. I also changed a motor mount, all my hoses and other belts too. If I keep it long enough that it needs to be done again, I'm taking it to the dealership even though I had no troubles, it's a lot of work.
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Old 13 Apr 2010, 09:01 pm
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Honda maintenance calls for replacing the timing belt at 105k OR 7 years whichever comes first. With the timing belt, I would recommend replacing the water pump. I will not tell you how many times I have seen a customer replace just the timing belt and have the water pump go out in as little as 5000 miles and destroy the belt as well. Often, the belt shows no sign of wear, no cracks or anything before they break. Usually with this price, you get the drive belts replaced as well. Honda also has an intermittent engine which means if either the timing belt or water pump go bad, you can damage the engine. The advantage to having the dealer do the work is that it will be done correctly and done with quality parts.

Also, that $600.00 should include the timing belt tensioner, (bearing and pully) new front main oil seal, plus about 8 other seals(little ones on the cam shaft ends valve cover, seal around each spark plug, and the timing cover seal) - false

That price is the labor, timing belt, water pump, drive belt, and crank and cam seals. Tensioner is extra if needed. The valve covers are not removed on this engine so it doesn't come with valve cover gaskets or spark plug tube seals. Timing cover seals are seldomly replaced on this engine as well.
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The timing belt is dangerously overdue - 7 years is a practical limit and 8 years is pushing it. At ten years you are really dancing on the line. Age is more important than miles for rubber products.

$600 is only near the high end for the 6 cylinder. Put your own info in the first source for a better estimate... call it a water pump replacement for the full job and add in the timing belt cost. Use only an OEM water pump if you don't want to risk having to replace the pump before the belt is due.

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