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Old 01-02-2019, 08:38 PM
 
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My wife has a 2011 Honda Pilot. It has about 85k miles on it.
Dealership said itís almost time to change the timing belt/water pump.
They want $1195 However, my office has a shop we bring all our cars too. They will do it for $895 (Honda parts)
Question is, when do I get this done? 100k miles, next year? Now?

Thanks!
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Old 01-02-2019, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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Check the owners manual, I think it's 90,000 miles.
It will break at the most inconvenient time and leave you stranded.
If it breaks its a real expensive repair.
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Listed in owner's manual. If you've lost it, Honda dealer or an indie shop should be able to tell you. Most indie can just plug in the vehicle year, model and pull up a maintenance schedule.

Pilot is probably an interference engine. If the timing belt slips badly enough or snaps, time to rebuild the top end of the motor. Water pump/belt is simply convenience. They don't last forever and are labor intensive. It's just much more cost efficient to replace them at the same time you do the timing belt than wait for them to break and then do most of the work over again. Indie shops are cheaper and as long as it's a decent shop and not some idiot shade tree mechanic they'll replace the water pump and belt at the same time but good to double check they're including it.
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Old 01-03-2019, 04:05 AM
 
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I believe all Hondas are interference engines.

Regarding timing belt/timing chain questions. it appears depending upon where you look, the Pilot has had both installed depending upon the year and motor.

I would check with your dealer or independent shop as to your model year containing belt or chain.

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Old 01-03-2019, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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You can also get your owners manual on line and it will come up as a pdf, i have both my vehicle owners manual on my iPad faster than going through all the pages in the manual google is your friend.
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Old 01-03-2019, 05:11 AM
 
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I'd do it now or soon. I had my belt changed at 89,000 on my accord.
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Old 01-03-2019, 05:51 AM
 
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Per the manual, the timing belt is due when the A-4 service light comes on. Based on my Honda history, that's about 105K miles. Note the A-4 service also calls for plugs so it's an overall expensive service.
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Old 01-03-2019, 10:00 AM
 
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I also have a Pilot. The interval is 7 yrs/105k miles. You want to find out exactly what they will be replacing for that price. What should be replaced:

- Timing belt
- Serpentine belt & tensioner
- Water pump & coolant
- Hydraulic tensioner & bolts (new bolts are very important since reusing them is known to cause failure on these cars)
- Idler
- Spark plugs
- Any leaking seals

I wouldn't trust anything but Honda, Aisin & NGK parts.
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Old 01-03-2019, 10:20 AM
 
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75k miles is the normal interval for most all Honda products, so you are due. Since you are at 80k miles, expect to do it again at 160k, 240k, etc.

Timing belt, water pump, all belts. Good time to have the brake,steering,radiator, transmission fluids drained and refilled as well. Spark plugs replaced. AC Freon flush. Use Honda parts and fluids always. Under $1000, for all the work is likely. Honda Pilot is a keeper, and will run a long time with proper maintenance.
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Old 01-03-2019, 10:43 AM
 
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I also have a Pilot. The interval is 7 yrs/105k miles. You want to find out exactly what they will be replacing for that price. What should be replaced:

- Timing belt
- Serpentine belt & tensioner
- Water pump & coolant
- Hydraulic tensioner & bolts (new bolts are very important since reusing them is known to cause failure on these cars)
- Idler
- Spark plugs
- Any leaking seals

I wouldn't trust anything but Honda, Aisin & NGK parts.
Just to second this post. ^^^^^^ The correct interval from Honda service is 7yr/105K unless there is adverse driving conditions for the life of the vehicle, then the mileage decreases for replacement.
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