Chances are you can probably get one more year out of the belt, BUT.
The big BUT is the probability of very expensive valve damage should the
belt slip. Your engine is an "interference" design, so if the belt should
jump a few teeth, the valves may contact the pistons. It's not a certainty
that they will contact, but more like a 50-50 chance.
Your decision will have to balance the benefits of delaying the expenditure
against the possibility that the belt may fail during the delay and you may
sustain a thousand dollars (or more) in valve damage.
The high cost of the job is probably because the of the amount of labor
necessary on your V6 engine. You may be able to get a better price (still
using OEM parts) at an independent garage.
However, I notice you're replacing a bunch of other parts, not just the
belt. What's the actual rundown from the quote you were given? Where is the
If it were me, I would not try to get one more year out of the belt, just
because of the potential financial downside. Are you a gambler? I'm not.
On Fri, 31 Aug 2007 16:18:19 +0000 (UTC), Tegger said:
Thanks for the advice. It turns out the belt/water pump job is about
$850. With the valve adjustment, the plugs and a few other things
thrown in I'll be looking at about a $1000. I can handle that. I'll be
good for another 5 years. My car has not one spec of rust on it (and I
live in Canada!), and I take it to Krown every year, so $1000 is worth
it. And I love that car!
You're right! Reading is fundamental. Me thinks I have to start studying
for "hook'd on foniks". I misread the op. Sorry!
I don't know if it makes "more" difference but it still makes a difference.
Unfortunately I know from experience what happens to an interference engine
when the timing belt goes. Had a timing belt changed on an '89 prelude Si,
around 1999. The odo went up about 30k later, so I was strictly guaging
the mileage from the trip meter. (Picked up the car used, and suspect the
previous person tampered with the odo.) It went up around 2003 and
*approximately* 70k since the tb change. Ended up having a used engine from
Japan put in.
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