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Should I replace the Timing Belt


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Hey Scotty.

I’ve got a 2002 Acura TL with 225k miles. My mechanic says he can’t check whether the timing belt needs to be replaced and recommends just replacing it. I have no repair records. Is there a way to tell whether it needs to be replaced or just play it safe and replace it?


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I would definitely replace it ASAP.  When a timing belt breaks in an interference engine like your Acura it causes massive internal damage to the valves and possibly the pistons, too.  It would be a big, expensive repair job at that point.  If you can't replace the timing belt yourself, that too will be an expensive job but nowhere near the price of rebuilding the top end of your engine.  Also, it's always a good idea to replace the water pump when you replace the timing belt since they're in the same area and it's already opened up.  You'd save the cost of opening up that area again just to put in a new water pump.  

Dave, why are you going through the forum digging up ancient posts? These people are long gone.

A lot of old posts never get a resolution posted. If people who are having the same problem now or in the future search the forum and find these old threads without any answers, what good are they? I left my answers for people reading these threads in the future, not for the OP.


If you have no records I would definitely change it now.