Q: Distinguish timing belt and drive belt

asked by on

When I open the hood, I see the belt is worn out. I'm not sure what it is as there's no other belt besides. I look it up for answer on the internet but the information is misleading.

My car has 145500 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

The drive belt is visible when you open the hood. Some cars have multiple belts. Some have one belt that "drives" all the external engine components like the water pump, a/c compressor, alternator, and power steering pump.

The timing belt is generally not visible as it is located behind the timing cover - which is located behind the external accessories such as the water pump.

Your engine uses a timing chain rather than a belt. Chains generally do not have any recommended replacement intervals. The 3.0 V6 Accord has a timing belt. If you need help having this corrected, a professional from YourMechanic can inspect the worn belts and replace either the drive belt or timing chain as necessary.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Distinguish timing belt and drive belt

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I have a check engine light on due to the catalytic converter. Can I still drive?

Hi, thanks for writing in. I'd be happy to offer my insight about your catalytic converter warning light. The catalytic converter as you may know is what converts toxic exhaust gases into less harmful materials to be expelled into the...

Q: My car is overheating and I know it's not the radiator why's the reason it's overheating!???!!

The water pump on this engine is driven by the timing belt. You should remove the accessory serpentine belt and start the motor to see if the noise and burning smell is coming from the water pump and timing belt....

Q: Why is my steering wheel hard to turn in my 1992 Honda Accord

Hello. It sounds like you may have a bad power steering pump or an issue with the belt itself. I usually start by checking the belt to make sure that it is in good shape and is tight. If not...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.