I have a 2006 Honda Pilot with 83,000 miles on it. In the manual it says to
change out the timing belt (under normal uses) when the maintenance light
4 comes on (which I believe is at around 105,000 miles).
Is this the only recommended service interval because that's all the manual
It's not just mileage, but time. Be VERY CAUTIOUS about not letting the belt become too brittle. You would be wise to check this out right now.
That's what I was wondering because the manual for the 2006 Pilot says nothing about time duration. There's no way to check it without taking the cover off, correct?
If you cannot see it, have your mechanic check it out. You'll thank me for saving your engine. Remember, it's better to be safe than sorry. If you blow the engine, it will cost thousands of dollars in repairs. Once you do this, you can rest easy knowing that you can go another 70,000 miles. I had an old 1995 Honda Accord and sold it at 150,000 miles, no problem. Honda is a great car, but, you cannot run past these service intervals without doing some mechanical work. Good luck.
Actually, I like the timing belt setup better than the timing chain! Why? They're QUIET and you know what time they were replaced. You never know when and where a timing chain might break or get stretched out, and they have been known to rattle. Replacing the timing chain usually is a much bigger job and more costly.
Thank you for your answers. Take make sure, you're saying to NOT wait for what Honda recommends in the manual to change it when the light comes on at around 105,000 miles? Because they don't give a time recommendation.
Albinator, Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying. I understand that Honda is not giving you a time recommendation, but, the average miles per year is closer to 12,000 miles and you're around 8,300. If you were closer to the normal mileage range, you would have been at 105,000 miles by now. Your car is 10 years old. The decision is entirely yours, but, if it were my car, I would have it looked at. Never wait for a light to tell you what to do. Sure, if a light comes on, you should never ignore it, but, this timing belt is a much more mission critical element. If the belt fails on an interference engine like yours, it will destroy all your valves and other critical internal parts on your car's engine. Also, have them check you water pump while they are in there, it's typically done at the same time, labor costs for this is much cheaper while they have access to the belt replacement. If you have a good mechanic, they will explain all of this to you.
All very good advise, thank you for your help!
Albinator, your welcome, please mark one of my answers, best answer. Thanks.
Albinator--- thank you!!
So I took my Pilot to get the belt inspected again this past Tuesday by Honda specialists (did it at the beginning of this year and they said it looked fine) and they said the belt looked fine and that I could just change it out at the 105,000 mile mark. I told them that would take 5-6 years for me to hit. They told me they will check it every time I bring it in for an oil change. Can't the belt look fine put the water pump could go out, tensor leak, etc? Or should the whole plate be taken of to inspect it? I don't think I'm comfortable waiting to hit the 105,000 mile mark. My Pilot is at 87,000 right now.
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