how is the radiator involved with changing the timing belt?

Asked by Feb 23, 2017 at 12:41 AM about the 2001 Honda CR-V

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

No problems with car, engine or timing belt, but timing belt due for
replacement at 90,000 miles and my car has 107,000 miles.  No radiator
problem, no leakage... until *IN* the shop and after work done, NOW leaks
have been found and radiator needs to be replaced.  Owner swears
technician 'never touched the radiator.'  I'm suspicious...

4 Answers

20,925

May have been old or bumped around or hit with tools.

20,925

He could not know if the radiator was touched or not. I have worked at shops and do know sometimes issues come up out of the techs hands and also know the techs cause issues too from their bad work ethics and also know that 9 out 10 owners will put any fault of the techs on the bill of the car owner just to keep from loosing a dime, so who know for sure, but one thing I do know is that if the shop owner looses money it may risk his life style and or his business going under or loosing his lease. It would not hurt to insist they help you out and you provide the part and they do the work no charge or vise versa. Call the better business bureau. Tell him you are. I will say I think it was caused by the tech.

20,925

Most radiators Last for a few hundred thousand miles easy. If it was in the shop for timing belt and at same time the radiator is leaking and this is in the same time frame then maybe so but if is now months later and it started to leak then no there is nothing you can do to prove the tech did it.

261,595

Their word or yours, either way you are going to have to replace it.

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