What will happen if I don't change the timing belt on time?

Asked by Jul 27, 2014 at 12:25 AM about the 2006 Acura MDX AWD Touring

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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63,155

Just a chance it could break,and cost you a hole lot more in the long run,than it would cost now to just replace belt now.

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108,605

Your engine is an interference engine. This means if timing belt breaks or jumps time valves will be bent. (Major engine damage). Yours should be changed at 60k miles.

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33,365

Bang Bang, Boom Boom. No more Zoom Zoom. Change the belt on time.

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108,605

I like that one. Lol

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21,745

Here's what happens when your old cambelt slips or breaks- the sky darkens, lightning striking all around, volcanoes erupt into life, earthquakes destroying all you ever knew, as you sit at the Lexus dealer in the service waiting room for the verdict- the Service Writer comes to you, accompanied by the whole zombie apocalypse and tells you that the reckoning will be $10,000- all because you didn't change a $20 belt- hope you're ready for that-

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33,365

Penney wise. Pound foolish. Benjamin Franklin

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108,605

Oh I agree again. Also when doing your timing belt have them buy the timing belt kit for your car. It will have all the pulleys, tensioner, gaskets, seals and WATER PUMP. I advise to go this route that way everything is new and you will have no worries for another 60k miles or so. Kits range from $150 -$250 or so for your car. The belt alone will run you around $100. And the labor for installing the kits most times is almost the same for just replacing the belt.

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33,365

You can pay me now or pay me later. 1970's T.V. ad

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Why any manufacturer would build an engine with a rubber belt, to operate..open and close valves thousand upon thousands of times a minute, drive two camshafts with 16 (or more) valves each with a very strong spring, then to boot, build it where if that belt breaks the internal parts collide, pistons vs. valves, and there is no winner, is...well I think I answered my own question. So you have to spend money to change it or destroy your engine, and on top of everything design the belt to last just long enough for warranty to run out...

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63,155

Eienstein,call,s it the rubber band theory,it will snap sooner then later.That,s why all the real big cargura,s that biuld our car,s love it,

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21,745

Mr. Ford- the cambelt was used by Fiat in the '60s to operate their overhead cam engines- no American cars even thought seriously about housing OHC engines- (the Pontiac Tempest tried one shortly thereafter) the rubber belt saves weight over a timing chain, allowing quicker revs to higher RPMs- it is also easier to change than a chain, good for quick head replacement in racing- still is easy to remove the head in my twin cam Fiat, allowing for valve work and cam changes- it is a sweet design, and all a manufacturer has to do is design the tops of the pistons so they will clear the valves- also, all an owner has to do is some routine maintenance (the water pump is ready for a change about that same time, along with seals, and coolant change)- but, as in Health, maintenance seems to be considered an unnecessary bother- don't we live forever?!

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Just bought one 4 months ago.been told that this is what happened to ours.would you not hear this when it happens. The car shut down .upon trying to restart it just keep turning over still no noise from engine while cranking over?if this is the verdict would not a compression test not show no compression?

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