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.
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
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
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.
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."
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.
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