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joramed
10-24-2005, 04:17 AM
Hello,
I have questions about timing belt replacement for vehicles in general:
(1) Does one have to absolutely follow the the service schedule for replacing the timing belt (and/or balancer belt) or can that be put off until it actually breaks down?
(2) What are the repercussions of having the timing belt break down while driving?
Thank you all for your expertise and/or opinions.

J :)

car
10-24-2005, 01:10 PM
1) Most of people replace the timing belt at the time recommanded by the service schedule.

2) Mostly you will total the engine when your timing belt break.

Highly recommand you change it follow the service schedule.

'Curly Q Links'
10-24-2005, 01:15 PM
Read this article, and you'll make up your mind. . .

http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/faq.html#interference

joramed
10-25-2005, 05:04 AM
Ok. Understood. Thanks for the info guys. So is the timing belt inside the engine block or is this something that a DIY person can replace? :wink:

'Curly Q Links'
10-25-2005, 05:41 AM
It's hidden inside the covers right beside the belts you see. The TB is a DIY job on the first generation CR-V, but requires a special tool or two. I built mine myself

http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/crankbolthextool.html

You may need a couple other special tools for a Pilot.

Question . . . . Does the Pilot have a Timing Belt, or a chain? To me the Pilot looks like my Gen 1 V on steroids :-)

joramed
10-31-2005, 06:50 AM
I just had the timing belt and balancer belt replaced (this is actually for my 1998 accord) with mileage at 125,000 --- maintenance sked says replace at 90,000. The belts have no sign of wear and tear but I had them replaced anyway. They probably could have lasted another 100k or as long as I kept the car but better safe that sorry. :wink:

thomasj2
10-31-2005, 10:53 AM
Hello,
I have questions about timing belt replacement for vehicles in general:
(1) Does one have to absolutely follow the the service schedule for replacing the timing belt (and/or balancer belt) or can that be put off until it actually breaks down?
(2) What are the repercussions of having the timing belt break down while driving?
Thank you all for your expertise and/or opinions.

J :)

1) follow the manual
2) a timing belt failure can result in catastrophic engine damage, (the valves get smacked by the top of the piston). Mechanics call this the kiss of death. A complete rebuild is often required.

chiph
11-01-2005, 06:28 AM
The belts have no sign of wear and tear but I had them replaced anyway.
The timing belt is one of those things that you can't tell if it's ready to break just by looking at it.

And given the catastrophic consequences of letting it break, it's better to be safe and change a little early, than wait for a disaster to happen.

Chip H.

camowen
04-15-2006, 11:08 AM
The timming belt in the 2003 Honda Pilot when broken does not cause dammage to the valves as the pistons and valves in the 3.5 VTEC have their independant space. Not true of the 3.0 Nissan motor (bad experiance talking). If you search the long term test for the 2003 Honda Pilot on Edmunds.com you will find out what happens when the timming belt breaks. It broke on the editor as he drove on a deserted piece of Utah highway. There is a Recalls:
1 On certain vehicles, a timing belt tensioner pulley on the water pump is misaligned and could cause the timing belt to contact a bolt on the cylinder head. Eventually the belt could be damaged and fail. If the timing belt breaks, the engine will stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the water pump and if it is one of the defective pumps, the water pump and timing belt will be replaced. Owner notification began Aug. 30, 2002.

Having said all this replace the timming belt as directed by your owners manual,

'Curly Q Links'
04-16-2006, 09:37 AM
Here's a couple of TSB's about the Pilot Timing Belt . . . .

http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/tsb/pilot/x02-055e.pdf
http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/tsb/pilot/x03-064e.pdf

There's a few others at the tegger site. The PDI pages should be mandatory reading for all Pilot owners:

http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/tsb/pilot/x02-029e.pdf