I have a 99 Accord LX (2.3L) automatic transmission. It's done about
88500 miles, and I'm thinking of changing the timing belt. This is my
first car, and my first major repair/maintanence work. The honda
authorized service center guy said that along with the timing belt,
it's advisable to change the balancer belt, water pump, some oil seals
and gaskets. Can anyone please corroborate on this info, and give me
suggestions /advice on what is neccessary to change. I'd also greatly
appreciate it if you could give me a price range. Thanks a bunch.
You've received sound advice. Those suggestions are all good preventive
Depending on your location and services performed price can range from $400
Don't use anything but factory original parts and fluids.
technically, the belt is due on age, but if it were my car, i'd be
inclined to wait.
regarding changing other parts, most should last until the second change
if you've been using decent lubes and coolant. oil seals particularly
i'd leave unless they're leaking. sealing surfaces are too frequently
messed up by inept removal of old seals. oil quality affects seal
leakage big time - due to use of seal conditioners in their formulation.
Replacement of my 2000 Accord's timing belt, water pump, balancer
belt, seals and gaskets (like others said, it all makes sense while
they're in there) at my New Hampshire Honda dealer ran exactly 499.95.
However, they did not replace my drive belts at that time - I think
you'd have to ask specifically to have that done as well.
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