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What is a Honda Timing Belt’s Use?

Timing Belt

Timing belts, also referred to as cambelts, play an important role in operating your internal combustion engine. Your Honda Accord timing belt harmonizes camshaft and crankshaft rotation; as long as both are in sync, the valves and pistons can operate properly. The valves control air/fuel mixture intake and exhaust gas and push the pistons down as fuel ignites in the combustion chamber. If you are driving a new Honda or any other model, a healthy cambelt is a must. 


How Much is a Timing Belt & Signs You Need a Replacement 

If a timing belt breaks, the valves won’t open and close at the correct time. They’ll hit the pistons, and your car could need up to $2,000+ in repairs if the valves, water pump, and pistons were damaged. If no damage has occurred, Land O' Lakes drivers will pay around $500 to $1,000 with parts and labor costs. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the belt every 60,000 miles to 100,000 miles. 

If you aren’t sure whether you need a replacement, we’ll go over some of the red flags that are signs you need to schedule a replacement in Wesley Chapel: 

  • The engine won’t turn over 
  • The engine acts up between 2000 – 4000 RPM 
  • The engine misfires 
  • Ticking noise coming from the engine 
  • More smoke and fumes than normal 
  • Oil leaks from the front of the motor 

Honda Timing Belts by Vehicle

Some Honda timing belts aren’t the traditional timing belt, but instead are timing chains. This will depend on the model year of the vehicle and a few other factors. Timing chains typically last longer than timing belts, but if they fail they can cause more damage. 

Honda Accord Timing Belt

The Honda Accord timing belt needs replacement every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. From 2018 to the present, your Honda Accord will have a timing chain, but those specs vary a bit for previous model years. Here are the details:

  • 2013-2017: V6 models have timing belts & 4-cylinder models have timing chains
  • 2008-2012: V6 models have timing belts & 4-cylinder models have timing chains
  • 2003-2007: V6 models have timing belts & 4-cylinder models have timing chains
  • 1997-2002: Honda timing belt on all engines 

Honda Civic Timing Belt

When you are replacing your Honda timing belt in your Civic, the intervals will change per model year. The Honda Civic timing belt, which equips models in the years 1996 – 2000 have a recommended timing belt replacement interval of 105,000 miles or 7 years. Model years 2001 – 2005 Civic require replacement at 110,000 miles or 7 years. From 2006 to present day the Honda Civic is equipped with a timing chain that won’t need replacement. 

Honda Odyssey Timing Belt

Your Honda Odyssey timing belt will need replacement every 60,000 to 90,000 miles. 

Honda Pilot Timing Belt

The Honda Pilot timing belt should be replaced around 90,000 miles. They can often last longer, but it’s usually a good idea to replace them before that time. 

Get More Car Maintenance Tips from Wesley Chapel Honda

Still have questions about your Honda timing belt? Feel free to contact us at the Wesley Chapel Honda service center and talk to one of our certified technicians! Feel free to pay us a visit near Zephyrhills and Spring Hill. You can order genuine Honda parts, and check out our parts specials!


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