If my timing belt goes out, will it damage my engine?

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Asked by Mar 31, 2010 at 04:49 PM about the 2001 Acura RL 3.5L

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2001 Acura RL with 106,000 miles on it.  The dealer wants me to spend $2k and replace the timing belt and water pump.  I'd rather wait another 50,000 miles or until the belt breaks, but I don't know if that will cause engine damage (if the belt breaks)?  

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I seems that the 3.5L in your car is a interference engine. Which means if the timing belt fails than it could possibly caused serious engine damage. I would change it now. Really it should have been changed 1,000 miles ago.

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No question you should have it replaced. This will extend the life of your engine and the longevity of your car.

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