Timing Belt Cost Estimate

Would like to find out what to expect--cost wise-for a timing belt and water pump replacement. Got a 2000 EX V6 Accord. Only 60,000 mi but at the 7
year time frame. Which leads to my next question---Are both the mileage and the 7 year criteria equally as important? Can one cheat a bit on the 7 yr. limit? MLD
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enough to put it off until you can afford it (like tax refund time) without much risk, but going another year would make me uneasy. I know that is pretty conservative and the added risk of failure in the 8th year is small but the cost... ayeayeayeaye.
Call around for the best price; of course, don't call places you wouldn't trust to do a conscientious job and to back up their work. Prices can vary widely and depend partly on how much they replace while the belt is off. I recommend replacement of the water pump and the crank and cam seals while they are accessible but others say it is a waste of money. With the low miles your chosen mechanic's recommendation is better than mine. At 60K miles I wouldn't expect your tensioner to need replacement - that's more of a high mileage thing.
Mike
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Michael Pardee wrote:

as usual, i disagree about the need to replace seals. risk of damage outweighs risk of leakage. it's mostly just a profit increment for the shop and no good for the car. and it's pretty damned pointless from the perspective of the biggest leakiest bearing in the whole vehicle - the main seal which remains untouched because it's too hard to get at! it's best to use a quality oil with decent seal conditioners and leave alone.
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work Replace timing belt, water pump, all drive belts and coolant. Prices were $850, $810 (provides a loaner car) and $790. I'm going with the $810 dealer primarily because he can do it in 6 days from today vs 17 days for the $850 dealer. The $790 guy is abut a 40 min drive with no way for me to get home. Too bad I didn't think about it sooner as I just had my EGR valve replaced (under the 80,000 mile/8 yr. extended warranty) and could have had the belt replacement done at the same time. Thanks for the comments. MLD
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For the sake of statistics, where are you located? In the SF/Bay Area, a very reputable Honda repair shop charged me about 650 for the timing belt and water pump replacement.
Serban
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HOLY CRAP...I live in East-Central Fla, and the local Honda dealer charged me $495 for timing belt, water pump and drive belt change..
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I ended up paying $750 (summer deal)--still no where near $495. But you pay the price by living in the middle of Fla--no spring, no fall, no snow storms--oh, you do get the hurricanes though <g> MLD
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Yes, I often think about the seasons while at the beach.........in January. I lived up North most of my life, and I can honestly tell you I don't miss the seasons at all. And if I want Fall colors or snow, I just drive about 8 hours up to North Carolina for a weekend. I couldn't ski when living in Nebraska, anyway.
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Where in East Central Florida do u live? I( am in Orlando & I called Coggin Honda & they gave me a higher quote
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