Re: HELP: Can we use AC Delco parts?

I am asking this on behalf of a friend who owns a Honda mini van and he is about to change his timing belt and thought he might as well change the water pump and other stuff accessible when they work on his vehicle. He
wants to know if it was ok to use non Honda parts like AC Delco? Any contribution will be appreciated. Thank you Winston Tell your friend to Use "Genuine Honda parts" and have a "factory trained Honda technition" install not only the timing belt and water pump but tensioner as well followed by a good flush and fill & bleeding of system.
i cant understand why anyone would whant to use a 1 size fits all like AC delco parts yes they may be a few bucks cheaper to use but look at the drop back to using them i mean what if in 6 months time from now a timing belt brakes or a water pump leakes or a tensioner
starts getting noisy? well guess what that means you get in there and open up everything again to get in there when you could of avoided that the 1st time by using the right parts and not to mention the added expense the second time of having to repaire the problem unless your friend whants to have the headaches of seeing the repaire shop again in the near future tell him to use or better yet have it done at HONDA dealership with factory trained technitions on hand.
I have a saying i keep with me all the time and that is: "you either do it right the 1st time or you dont do it at all" ;)
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Like Elle stated you need to research the vendor and the manufacture. ACDelco Timing belts (and other premium timing belt manufactures) are not a one size fits all belt, that's just a ludicrous statement. Gates/Unitta is the OEM & OES supplier for Honda and Acura. Look at the timing belt and you will see either one of the names or both. Guess who supplies ACDelco with Timing belts? Gates! They also supply to NAPA and half of Good Years timing belt line is Gates. Bet you didn't know that. They also supply to O'Reilly's, some for Beck Arnley and at one point in time, CARQUEST. There are others also, do a search.
Educate yourself and get the facts straight. Here's a start. http://www.gatesunitta.com/index.php
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I happen to have a new timing belt sitting in a closet here (long story; it goes in next summer). Among other things, it does indeed have "Unitta" printed on it.
I was curious about the Gates part. The www.gates.com site has a nice history of the very old Gates company. The site Scott gave explains Gates's relationship to Unitta:
"In 2002, the Gates Rubber Company (USA) and Nitta Corporation (Japan), partners in Asia for over 30 years, formed an all new organisation, Gates Unitta Asia Company to manage and co-ordinate all our existing power transmission business activities in Asia." http://www.gatesunitta.com/about.php
Here and at my Honda web site, I have been referencing the Gates's site for timing belt change intervals, not knowing whether they made Honda's timing belts or not. Now I know. Bravo, Scott!
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