Do I Really Need to Replace My Timing Belt?

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Subject: Timimg belt

A week after replacing a clutch in my 1995 Mazda Miata I was on a busy highway and my car went dead.. I brought it in and they said it was the timing belt and will look to see if I need a water pump. They did not say anything about the inspecting the valves. Should I be more pro active and ask them to check valves?


Subject: Miata

No, your year Miata has a non-interference style engine, so the pistons will not hit the valves if the timing belt breaks. You lucked out -- this is an uncommon design these days.

Pat Lynch

Subject: Squealing = timing belt?

I have a 1996 Jeep Cherokee Laredo which is squealing constantly, more so when warmed up. I am told by non professionals that it is the timing belt. Do you think this is correct?

Doug D'Angelo

Subject: Squealing timing belt

No. A jeep Cherokee from that year only uses a timing chain. That squealing is caused by your serpentine belt. Check the belt ridges for cracks and excessive wear. I would recommend replacing the belt as well as the belt tensioner. Also while the belt is off rotate all of the idler pulleys to see if there is any excessive play in the bearings. If there is replace them with new pulleys.


Subject: I have a 2010 honda accord

I have a 2010 honda accord with 66k miles on it. I was told 4 months ago that my timing belt needs to be changed, it's not urgent but recommended, thought of doing it anytime before my extended warranty expires in Aug of this year because part of it will be covered but right now my car is in the dealership for misfires and they will be replacing the "piston" so I decided to get the timing belt changed this time since my car will be there for like 3-4 days. The service consultant whose handling the repair said that it can actually wait for another 1.5 years or 75k but I decided to get it done this this time for "SAFETY". Looking at paying $800.

Luis A Rodriguez

Subject: timing belt

I have a hyundai azera 2007, 6 cyl.
The owners manual maintenance schedule does not show to change the timing belt. Does this means that it is not require?

Up for a laugh

Subject: Timing belt

Best bet is to just keep driving as normal and see what happens
Occasionally Try accelerating higher then normal in neutral pump the accelerator repeatedly for a duration for two minutes at a time about once a week I would recommend doing this routinely on a Monday morning this way you won't forget to do it.
Doing this helps to give the belt a longer life by throwing any dirt and debris causing erosion off the belt

However you may have a timing chain rather then a timing belt in which case you don't need to worry about the chain as it's made of steel and won't break


Subject: timing belts replacements

hello to all those that not automotive technition. I have 12 year of experience, and i will tell you that say on top of your vehicles scheduled repair's your going to regret it. breaking a timing belt, promises you that you going to be stranded on the side of the road at the best case,you still going to have replace your cars belt only meaning this if it broke wail sitting at a stop. the worst case you could be driving highway speeds and it breaks your without a chance of hope the engine is not destroyed.... well more than likely it is fudged and now so is you pocket book is to. Please to all those non auto tech take care of your car and follow the manufacturers guides they are there for a reason.So the people that engineered your car they Know best. O yea car maker already got your money once. thanks for reading gl

PS: TEE dont be ignorant about something so easy to avoid.


Subject: The same timing belt was removed and put on 2 times

hi . I have a question. My timing belt was removed and put on 2 times, on the same car, because it was minor damage,. The belt is Contitech with only 50 k kilometres ( not miles) and 4 years ( because i "m driving not much). Is it crusial to change it > Sorry for my english .

lourdes everitt

Subject: audi a3 sline 2004

this engine is diesel, and done 147000 miles... what can you say bout audi a3 sline timing belt,,, does it have a timing chain?


Subject: Timing Belt

I own a 2005 Honda Pilot with 141,000 miles and have not changed the timing belt. Car runs great but will change the belt soon to be safe. Also own a 2002 Honda Od. van with 127,000 miles and will replace timing belt soon. Changing at 70k seems a bit soon.


Subject: Timing Belt



Subject: I think that has a chain

TEE, if that is the 3.0, which I think is the only option on that Maxima, it has timing chains, not a belt. It would be very impressive if they could replace the chains with a belt.


Subject: Timing belt breaking

I read where I should have replaced my timing belt at 60,000 miles. I didn't think I would have a problem with it since I had never changed one in my lifetime and at 45, I had owned many new cars. Well driving through the Santa Cruz Mountains in California, winding road at 75 mph, my Toyota SUV completely died, leaving me with zero power brakes, zero power steering, heading straight at a cliff on my left and another at coming turn onmu right. I survived, no ody was injured and after towing it toToyota dealership, I was informed that the part and labor were NOT covered because I didnt do prevented maint. and change it on time. Now it had broke and dystroyed all sorts of damage on my engine totalling $3200.00 I had just paid it off the month prior. Im due to change TBelt on my new SUV Nitro at 60,000 and now I looked and Im at 70,000! Woops Making appt right away, plus I need my warranty to be honored if my SUV ever has drive train problems and maintenance is first information they look at. PLEASE CHANGE WHEN MANUFACTURER SAYS TO SAVE LIVES AND MONEY!


Subject: Nissan Pathfinder

I have 150,000 miles on my Nissan and never changed the belt. I am concerned, however, after reading all these stories...


Subject: Nissan Pathfinder

Hello Dave. More than likely your Nissan Pathfinder has a timing chain so No Worries it won't need to be replaced

Jeff Gallo

Subject: Timing belt ripped out my water pump

I had a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse and was driving over a bridge when my timing belt ripped out my water pump and the car just died. Cost me 1100 to get it fixed and found out later my engine mounts cracked. It was around 100,000 miles. Lesson learned! Change it!


Subject: Timing Belt

Here's a wake up call. Don't think you're car won't ever need a new timing belt. when you least expect it, it will fail. Remember! Neither snow, or rain will keep a new timing belt from coming you're way.

Frank Ward

Subject: Timing belt replacement

I have driven various vehicles with timing belts up to 325K miles. I have always stretched the replacement interval because the ones I have changed myself and one's done by mechanics have always shown almost no wear compared to new. I know no one who has experienced a broken timing belt; however, the result of a broken belt is very bad. My basic advice is to buy a car with a timing chain and don't pay the $1200 VW wants for replacing a belt in a TDI. Basic TDI maintenance around 100K miles negates any $ saved on fuel.


Subject: Timing belt

My timing belt broke 80k miles basically totaled my car. If you live in a colder climate the rubber will deteriate more rapidly. My advice do the preventive maintenance of pay 4K to have your engine rebuilt.

Barbara Cristoforo

Subject: timing belt Honda Pilot

I have a 2006 Honda Pilot - it has 77,000 miles on it . I was told recently that I must relace the timing belt and water thing. I am hesitant but would like to know what you think.

Thank you.

Barbara cristoforo


Subject: Timing Belt

I would suggest changing your belt NOW; after all you have 77 thousand miles on it now, yeah you may get a few more but I wouldn't run the risk. If you have the belt and not the chain get it done and they usually change the Water Pump at the same time since it will eventually need replaced and it would be cheaper in the long haul to do it now while the mechanic has the parts out of his way in order to change the belt. Do it now it only makes good sense.

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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.