Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: New timing belt needed

asked by on

Yesterday, my dealership told me that my car needs a new timing belt due to the fact that the rubber belt dries/rots over time. He also told me that the engine could be seriously damaged if the belt were to break. This seems like very odd information to me. I've searched the owner's manual and visited Acura online and I just don't find anything like what he told me. Any advice you can give on this subject would be greatly appreciated!

A: The scheduled mileage for the timing belt r...

The scheduled mileage for the timing belt replacement on your engine is at 120,000 miles for normal driving conditions. There are no times given but I would say the mileage is based on about 12,000 miles per year, and this is 10 years. You are at the 10 years now. This may be why the mechanic recommended it.

The engine can get internal damage if the belt breaks by bending valves and damaging pistons. I would recommend replacing the timing belt and water pump along with all the accessory belts at the same time.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: How expensive is it to repair a timing chain in 2002 Altima 3.5?

Hi there. Check the engine light and see what codes are stored or pending in the computer (ECM). For the oil leak, look around to find where the leak is coming from. If the leak is coming from the top...

Q: Car seat cooling system doesn't cool

Like the mechanic said, you only have a blower that blows air into the bottom of the seat, so if it is hot under the seat, then it blows hot air. Once the interior gets cooled down, then turn on...

Q: Engine seized in 2005 Acura TL

Hi. An engine replacement in your vehicle will cost between $2,000 and $4,000. This Depends on where the engine is installed and where the replacement engine is ordered from. The engine itself can range from $500 to $2,000. The labor...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
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.