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Old 04-13-2011, 06:00 PM
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I just purchased 2001 prelude and i'm concerned about the timing belt. There is no record that the timing belt has been done. The mileage on the vehicle is only at 90 000km, and suggested timing belt replacement mileage is 168 000 km. so not even half way there. However, i called the dealership and they also mentioned that it goes by time which means that it needs to be replaced every 7 years, and in that case i'm 4 years over due.

Should I get this done ASAP? or should i not be too concerned as the car has only 90 000 km on it. Is there anyway of determining if the belt is worn out, or if it has still enough life left to it, without ripping apart my engine? i know you get a glipse of it from underneather the car, but is that enough to determine whether or not its time to replace it. Its an expensive fix and i dont' want to do it unless it NEEDS to be done.

some advise would be GREAT!! thanks
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Re: timing belt help

168 sounds awefull high. if i recall, originally when they were built they recommended changing it at 60 - 70k. then changed it later to 100 - 110k. like you said though youre overdue on the years. get her changed friend before bad things happen.
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Re: timing belt help

168 kilometers not 168 k as in 1000 .. thats about right as far as mileage ( ive seen quite a few preludes go 120 ( thousand miles on the oem belt ) . as far as age id say yes time to change it . the only way to tell if the belt is drying out is to remove it and check the inside of the belt between the teeth . at that point might as well change it anyway .
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Re: timing belt help

Yea i think you should change it asap... dont take any chances
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Re: timing belt help

U should have it changed around 80xxx I changed mine at 93xxx and u can change it without pulling the engine out, if u don't have a lot of mechanical experience don't do it, get a performance shop to do it they r usually the cheapest and the will do it right hoping that u will keep coming back to them for future projects. If u do decide to do it I suggest to have Ur water pump changed as well, and the headgasket if its never been done(it will just be easier doing it all at once) make sure u have all the necessary tools and time to do this cause it will be a headache. Also look into getting alldata for Ur car it explains how to do many things for ur car think it cost around 20 bucks for a year.
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Re: timing belt help

yes, change it. It is recommended that you change it every 100,000 miles (approx. 168,000 km) OR every 5 years, whichever comes first.
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