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Accord 2005 Timing belt replacement at 90k excessive?

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Old 10-23-2011, 11:48 PM
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Default Accord 2005 Timing belt replacement at 90k excessive?

Hey guys,

My 05 Accord Hybrid is at 90k. The dealer is suggesting I replace the belt. There is absolutely no problem that I can see or hear. But, they said it is "cheap insurance". The package is $1,200 (overpriced?). The manual says to replace it at 105k miles. What are your thoughts and experience on this matter?

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Old 10-24-2011, 12:46 AM
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I am guessing this is to replace timing belt. Take a look in your owner's manual to see if there is also a time for the maintenance, like 7 years or 105K miles. Also check that your car doesn't fall under the severe conditions category. I would replace that belt when it is due. A failing timing belt can look good one day and break the next.

I do most of my car work, so that price is high to me. You might want to look for shops that specialize in hondas or foreign cars and get some quotes.
 
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:23 AM
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Thanks PAHonda. So far there is no noise coming from the belt and no visible crack, so I assume it's still OK and will be OK for a while. My coworker's 6th gen accord didn't get the belt replaced until 130k, so I think mine will definitely be fine at 105k. I'll stick to the manual's suggestion (105k under severe).
 
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Look for an independent shop to do the work and save some cash, preferably one that will charge based upon actual time, not book time.
 
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:52 PM
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Most dealers charge about $700 for the job. $1200 way too much!
 
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:36 PM
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Thanks for the opinions. I will consult some local shops when the time comes. The main reason for going to the dealership is to maintain the resale value (private-party), since a lot of people still trust only dealers.
 
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