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It's all smooth sailing once you get the crank pulley off

I wonder if it really makes sense to replace the pulleys and particularly the water pump. I'd take an OE Honda pump with 10 years and 60k miles over even the Aisin aftermarket.
 
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Call around to some independent shops for a quote. You can save around $500 over the dealer. If you are replacing all those items might as well have the oil pump o rings replace. The oil pump on these V6 engines is buried under the timing belt and water pump, so while everything is opened up, it’s the perfect time to do that job.
I had a leaking oil pump on my 07 Ridgeline. The belt had been done a few years prior but considering everything had to some off anyway to reseal the pump, I had the shop replace the belt and timing components again and kicked the can that much further down the road. I supplied the parts and the shop did the work for $500. although they didn't warranty it since they didn't supply parts which is understandable. I would find a trusted shop and have them do the job as mentioned above unless you really want to do it yourself
 

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How difficult is it to pull the cover and do a visual inspection of the belt and tensioner on these?
 
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Call around to some independent shops for a quote. You can save around $500 over the dealer. If you are replacing all those items might as well have the oil pump o rings replace. The oil pump on these V6 engines is buried under the timing belt and water pump, so while everything is opened up, it’s the perfect time to do that job.
One guy on the Odyssey forums had a dealer quote over $3k

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I usually change timing belts about every 100K miles or around 10 years. I did have an exception on my '97 Ford Escort that I bought new and didn't change the belt until last year at 24 years old because the car only had about 41K miles. If this had been an interference engine I would have changed it much sooner. I suspect yours is an interference engine if so better safe than sorry. If it's a non interference engine the worst that can happen if it breaks/shears some teeth off is the inconvenience and having the car towed in.
 
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Timing belt kits always include the associated tensioners/pulleys (one or several), so I would assume they were going to do that, but doesn't hurt to confirm.
Honda dealer charge for replacing everything (belt, water pump, etc) would be $1200+ so for $1600, they better be replacing everything.

I'm not sure how complicated this particular vehicle is to replace the belt and associated parts, but its not that easy of a DIY typically.
I don't think anyone considers it "complicated" on these but to me, there are the important little details that are too critical and if you mess up, the timing can be off and the engine gets damaged beyond repair. First time someone does this job on a vehicle, they'll want to double-check or triple-check their work. Have someone else check it too. In a shop, I'll bet a more experienced mechanic does the same when a new tech gets one of these jobs.
 
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Seeing the parts are only $200, and if I never done one before, I'd take a class, get a repair manual, or watch a ton of youtube videos and replace it myself.
The parts are a lot more than $200 if you are using Genuine Honda Parts and not the aftermarket stuff. Even my wholesale cost for Genuine Honda parts is over $500 including tax.

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$1600 is about right for this job at market rates.
 
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The parts are a lot more than $200 if you are using Genuine Honda Parts and not the aftermarket stuff. Even my wholesale cost for Genuine Honda parts is over $500 including tax.

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$1600 is about right for this job at market rates.
Honda doesn't make all those parts. Don't remember exactly, something like Mitsuboshi or Bando belts, Aisin water pump, Koyo or Nachi pulleys, etc. Aisin kit on Rock for around $200 with the discount. https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog...timing+belt,+water+pump+&+component+kit,16088
 
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I would do it. The kits they sell these days are fantastic and make it easy for sourcing parts.

My son has a Camry that is due now, but he is a starving college kid in medical school and is riding it out for now. I may need to do it for his birthday if I can get the car back to my garage at some point. It makes me nervous. Probably OK, but you can’t say for sure, and it is cheaper than a new car.
 
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Honda doesn't make all those parts. Don't remember exactly, something like Mitsuboshi or Bando belts, Aisin water pump, Koyo or Nachi pulleys, etc. Aisin kit on Rock for around $200 with the discount. https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/honda,2012,accord,3.5l+v6,1502539,engine,timing+belt,+water+pump+&+component+kit,16088
They don't, but they are made to Honda specs. The quality of the Aisin kit is very decent, but not OE quality, especially not the belt and the pump. The idlers are though - they appear to just be reboxed OE parts.
 
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They don't, but they are made to Honda specs. The quality of the Aisin kit is very decent, but not OE quality, especially not the belt and the pump. The idlers are though - they appear to just be reboxed OE parts.
Last time I did an Aisin waterpump, the only difference was the manufacturers logo was ground off. Identical otherwise. Or maybe that was Volvo, don't remember.
 
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This thread reminds me of a buddy who is driving a ‘97 Ford Ranger that has the 2.3 engine with the timing belt. He’s still on the factory belt with 275K miles on it and he has no intention of replacing it until he has to. Granted, it’s not an interference engine, but still…
 
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This thread reminds me of a buddy who is driving a ‘97 Ford Ranger that has the 2.3 engine with the timing belt. He’s still on the factory belt with 275K miles on it and he has no intention of replacing it until he has to. Granted, it’s not an interference engine, but still…
I have one of those and, according to the previous owner, it made it to about 200k before it broke.
 
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good morning all, and THANKS for the info on RDX rear diff. fluid.

today my 2012 Honda Accord V6 is at the dealer. He called said I need rear brakes, which I believe.
He suggested a new timing belt. total mileage might be around 55,000. I am original owner.

the timing belt, including water pump, etc is around $1600.

He said I am below the 100,000 miles, but they recommend every 7 years, I am at 10 years

today's dumb question

DO I NEED A TIMING BELT? I might keep this car a few more years. This car has had really good maintenance and records since day 1.

thanks!

Bob
I asked this at the local Honda dealer. Service manager said they disregard the 7-year time stipulation and just recommend changing at 105k miles. "Do you feel lucky?" and YMMV. However, that cost is quite high. Locally, I was quoted $750 using the complete Aisin kit. I took off the timing belt covers and looked- appeared brand new. Some on here opine that it might look great and still break, <shrug>
 
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It's all smooth sailing once you get the crank pulley off

I wonder if it really makes sense to replace the pulleys and particularly the water pump. I'd take an OE Honda pump with 10 years and 60k miles over even the Aisin aftermarket.
That Honda pump used to be Aisin (changed to Unitta sp?). It is on Toyota. If it's good enuff for Toyota, why not for Honda?
 
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