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Old 07-31-2009, 07:13 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Is $545 an average price for changing the water pump and timing belt?
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Old 07-31-2009, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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My timing belt broke on my 1997 Honda Accord a year ago after I bought it used from a family member. That little repair cost me $2000!! They told me that if you replace the belt before it breaks, it is around $700. When it breaks it causes lots of other damage.

So that sounds like a fair price.
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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That sounds about right to me.

Honda engines (and many others) are what is known as an "interference" engine. It is possible for the pistons to hit the valves if the camshaft timing is lost. Engines with high compression tend to be designed this way.

If the pistons hit the valves extensive damage to the engine's "head" can occur.

Replace the timing belt when the manufacturer recommends!
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:31 PM
 
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I have a Honda Accord 1998. How much should the change of timing belts and labor be in today's market?

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Old 08-03-2010, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I have a Honda Accord 1998. How much should the change of timing belts and labor be in today's market?

Hi, welcome to the forums. The price will vary with your location, which you don't state.

In any case, this is a critical maintenance item, you don't want to go with the lowest bidder. Neither is the dealer an automatic high-quality option.

If you find your local forum based on state and city or nearby city, you can post up there to inquire about a good independent service shop, which is IMHO where you should go.

All that said, most timing belt changes on FWD cars like yours are roughly in the $500 range.

You DO NOT want to cheap out on this. Most Japanese cars have the water pump inside the timing belt, you want to change the water pump, the timing belt roller, etc. and you want to get OEM or similar quality parts.

I'd change the big radiator hoses too, and refill with Honda-spec antifreeze mixed with distilled water.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:24 PM
 
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The mentioned price seems about right in my area. Certainly replace the pump at the same time.
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:41 AM
 
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Thanks for your input.
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:37 PM
 
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I replaced the belt and water pump on a 99 civic several months ago. Parts were around 100 bucks and a good mechanic can do it in 2 hours...
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:43 PM
 
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That price seems to me a little high. I was quoted between $350-$375 for my ancient Acura Integra.
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:47 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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That price seems to me a little high. I was quoted between $350-$375 for my ancient Acura Integra.
Did that include changing the Water Pump?

Anytime I had a timing belt and water pump replaced it was never under $500.
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