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Old 20 Jul 2010, 01:16 am
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Default 2004 Honda accord timing belt?

I have a 2004 Honda accord 4 cylinder manual transmission and I'm trying to find out when I should replace the timing belt. The owner's Manual says 60,000 miles for 6-cylinder models but nothing for the 4 cylinder?
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Old 20 Jul 2010, 01:31 am
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I think that's about what Honda recommends on all their engines. You could take it a little further, but it's always good insurance to change the timing belt at the recommended period. A broken timing belt can cause lots of expensive damage.
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Old 20 Jul 2010, 02:01 am
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I replaced my '03 Accord 4 banger's at 90,000 miles.
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Old 20 Jul 2010, 02:16 am
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I have a 1991 Accord 4cyl 5speed for which the recommended timing belt change is 90,000 miles. When I bought the parts, I also looked up later years. Somewhere between 1999 and 2001, change time goes up to 105,000 miles, and by 2004 it reaches 110,000 miles (minor difference).

Stick with your service schedules. There's so much more to a timing belt job than a timing belt: balancer belt, water pump, seals, thermostat, o-ring, adjusters, and tensioners.

Also, saying that driving easier makes the belt last longer is plain ignorance. The stress of bad driving goes on your engine, not the timing belt. This is even less true of a manual transmission, because you don't have the opportunity to jump down in gears while rocketing around (thus reducing rpm's and the rotation of the belt).

The rubber will go when the rubber goes, and there is also a time as well as a mile limit: about 6 years. Don't play with fate, because you've got an interference engine and a broken timing belt usually spells catastrophe. You can also reduce cost by doing it yourself.

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Old 20 Jul 2010, 02:31 am
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You should change the timing belt at 60,000 miles for the 4 cyl models too. Remember this is a "belt" not a timing chain. Belts don't last as long as chains do. If you don't change the belt and it breaks while you are driving, or reving at high rpm, you will probably do severe damage to your valves, pistons, piston rods, and ither internal engine parts.
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