Timing Belt

Asked by Feb 24, 2016 at 10:29 AM about the 2006 Honda Pilot

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2006 Honda Pilot with 83,000 miles on it. In the manual it says to
change out the timing belt (under normal uses) when the maintenance light
4 comes on (which I believe is at around 105,000 miles).

Is this the only recommended service interval because that's all the manual
says.

9 Answers

14,105

It's not just mileage, but time. Be VERY CAUTIOUS about not letting the belt become too brittle. You would be wise to check this out right now.

That's what I was wondering because the manual for the 2006 Pilot says nothing about time duration. There's no way to check it without taking the cover off, correct?

14,105

If you cannot see it, have your mechanic check it out. You'll thank me for saving your engine. Remember, it's better to be safe than sorry. If you blow the engine, it will cost thousands of dollars in repairs. Once you do this, you can rest easy knowing that you can go another 70,000 miles. I had an old 1995 Honda Accord and sold it at 150,000 miles, no problem. Honda is a great car, but, you cannot run past these service intervals without doing some mechanical work. Good luck.

14,105

Actually, I like the timing belt setup better than the timing chain! Why? They're QUIET and you know what time they were replaced. You never know when and where a timing chain might break or get stretched out, and they have been known to rattle. Replacing the timing chain usually is a much bigger job and more costly.

Thank you for your answers. Take make sure, you're saying to NOT wait for what Honda recommends in the manual to change it when the light comes on at around 105,000 miles? Because they don't give a time recommendation.

14,105

Albinator, Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying. I understand that Honda is not giving you a time recommendation, but, the average miles per year is closer to 12,000 miles and you're around 8,300. If you were closer to the normal mileage range, you would have been at 105,000 miles by now. Your car is 10 years old. The decision is entirely yours, but, if it were my car, I would have it looked at. Never wait for a light to tell you what to do. Sure, if a light comes on, you should never ignore it, but, this timing belt is a much more mission critical element. If the belt fails on an interference engine like yours, it will destroy all your valves and other critical internal parts on your car's engine. Also, have them check you water pump while they are in there, it's typically done at the same time, labor costs for this is much cheaper while they have access to the belt replacement. If you have a good mechanic, they will explain all of this to you.

Best Answer

All very good advise, thank you for your help!

14,105

Albinator, your welcome, please mark one of my answers, best answer. Thanks.

14,105

Albinator--- thank you!!

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