2001 accord LX timing belt at 60K miles

Hello all,
I have a 2001 Accord LX with 60,000 miles on it.
I called the dealer to inquire prices on various items for the 60000 service and he recommended to change the timing belt which was priced
at $840 as it included other items like pumps, seals, etc.
What do others think ? Seems expensive and I am not sure if it's too early for this job.
He said it's not possible to inspect this belt for cracks. Is that true?
Other than the dealer, are there other chain stores that know the accord really well to do this job for less?
Serious replies only. Thanks!
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Your timing belt should be changed, since it's at the 7 years or 105K miles (or whatever your spec was). In my opinion, since your accord only has 60K, you really don't have to change the "pumps, seals, etc.", until the next timing belt change. At the most, I would probably change your rubber accessory drive belts, but that's it, but only due to age.
It really shouldn't cost more than $400 or so, in my estimation.
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The big cost is usually dealer labor, no approaching $100 an hour. To replace and restore the belt you have take out and restore a lot of other parts which takes time. Theres lots of ads in alternative newspapers to do this substantially cheaper, but I wonder about the risk.
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The price is about in line with a /proper/ service at dealer rates.
The only thing I'd question is the mention of seals. If they're not leaking, you don't need to replace them.
You will be able to do maybe $100-200 cheaper than this at an independent garage, but make sure they use ONLY Honda parts, not aftermarket ones. That savings would be only on the shop rate.

Your belt is past its 7-year replacement interval. You're not even close to the 105K distance interval, but the time interval is there for people like you who don't drive much.

Correct. Belts don't fail because of cracks, they fail due to internal damage to the fabric carcass.

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I just had mine done on my 2000 Accord for the first time 174,000 Kilos. . Cost me $375 with oil change included. OEM parts and Honda mechanic.

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It sounds a little high. Are you talking about Canadian dollars?
Timing belt and water pump are about US $140. That means labor is $700. I would ask around. From my experience, the mechanics at the dealers aren't always better. They could even screw up an oil change.
Thank God, I have a tming chain on my Acura.
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lora wrote:

personally, i would not let them change the seals - it's not necessary unless there is a genuine leak. in fact, i've seen more seal problems subsequent to a badly performed change than by leaving original seals in place. use a quality branded motor oil that has seal conditioners and you won't have any leakage problems. you'll get all kinds of resistance from the dealer who loves to add this little things to the profit margin, but you'd expect that.

yes, true. you can inspect for signs of wear, but this is not a reliable indicator of impending failure. since this is an "interference engine", the cost of belt failure far outweighs the cost of replacement. the best thing is to follow the manufacturer change schedule.

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The maintenance interval for your model of civic is every 110K miles or 84 months. I recently had my 2001 Accord done (with water pump and new belts) for $640 at a local independent shop I've used quite a few times in the past. That's in Wichita, KS, which tends to run about mid-point on the price scale for these sorts of things. I had this done because I hit the 7 year limit, which is annoying but required. You don't want this belt to break. Once they've taken the car apart enough to inspect the belt condition, you might as well have them change it. You do wind up getting a coolant change out of the deal, so it isn't all that bad.
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