Should I change the timing belt on a 2009 Acura TL with 26K miles on it - real mileage.
2009 Acura RL with actual 26,000 miles on it. Dealer wants us to change timing belt because it is at the 7 year mark (recommended change is 7 years or 105,000 miles). We only plan to keep the car for another two years or so. Should we make the investment?
I would. The timing belt is made of rubber. Rubber begins to deteriorate after about 5 years. That's why on tires you begin seeing dry rot on tires that are 5 or more years old. In the belt breaks before you get rid of the car you could be looking at a very large repair bill. Some vehicles have interference engines. Not sure if yours does. But if you do and the timing belt breaks the pistons will slam into the valves. The valves will be bent and possibly the pistons will be damaged as well. Then you'll go from having a viable trade in to a $250 scrapper in the blink of an eye. HTH. - Jim
I would change the belt, it will be damned expensive if it fails.
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