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Timing Belt vs Drive Belt

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Old 12-28-2006, 12:04 PM
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I have a 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 cylinder with 140K.It runs great. I am wondering about the Drive Belt. On a 4 Cylinder it says inspect every 30K miles. How long should a drive Belt last? What's the difference between a Drive Belt and Timing belt. I see they call for a replacement of Timing Belt on 6 cyl at 105 K but don't use the term "timing Belt" for 4 cylinder engines. Thanks for you help.Jeff
 
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Old 12-28-2006, 02:01 PM
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The timing belt controls the timing and is located on the drivers side under a cover. The drive belt is the externally visible belt and that "drives" your alternator, A/C etc. by way of the crankshaft. It's typically a better idea to do the timing belt at about 90k since honda motors can and probably will bust up pretty bad if that snaps while you are driving...
 
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Old 12-28-2006, 07:23 PM
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The 2003 2.4l has a timing chain so there's no worries there.
 
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Old 12-28-2006, 07:41 PM
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That's right. I calledtheHonda dealer I bought the car from and they said "plan on $500" to replace the timing belt. That's when I decided to look at the manual and it did not have a "timing belt" listed in the maintenance schedule for a 2003 2.4L. Called another dealer and they said $99 to replace the drive belt. He told me about the timing chain. Either the $500 quote was trying to rip me off or they don't know what they are talking about. Either way they aren't getting the business!!
 
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Old 12-28-2006, 07:46 PM
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whats a good belt to get...should I get one form the honda dealer or will any drive belt do....the reason i ask is because you can spend between 8$ and 25$ for a belt....whats the Diff?
 
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go with a genuine honda belt man, its just a few extra bucks and its gonna be better for your engine
 
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Old 12-29-2006, 07:15 PM
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I agree with buying the Honda belt. They seem to last a long time without fraying around the edges or breaking......unlike some aftermarket ones I've had in the past.
 
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