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How long will my timing belt last in a 1992 honda

How long should the timing belt last in my 1992 Honda Accord EX? The car has 178,000 miles and has not been driven hard. I am the original owner in Chicago. The timing belt was replaced in 2001 at 80,000 miles. I have called around and it seems like I will not pay less than $1000.00 for this work.

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80 Thousand is normally the recommended mileage to replace them & I've seen 150,000+ on many Overhead Valve type vehicles that haven't been changed. The idea of replacing it early, is to make sure you replace it before it breaks.

On the extremely close tolerence engines, significant damage can occur if the belt breaks & even more so at high speed and under load. Then the expense of engine mechanical repairs would make the 1000.00 look tiny in comparison.

Here's a thought, since the cost of replacing the belt is so expensive, and since you do have nearly 200,000 on it, you may want to consider not replacing the belt, but budgeting for a replacement "low mileage" motor in case you need one before you are ready to replace the car. Spending money on an engine with too much mileage can prove to be counterproductive in the long run. I've used several of the imported "Low Mileage" type engines & 1 trans and had good results once flushing the motors & getting good oil into them.

Also, you may make it to the time you intend to replace the car, avoiding the expense of either, allowing you to use your budged savings for your next purchase.

If you're not using synthetic motor oil, which I suspect you are, then switch & that will give you the longest life for your timing belt. (Less friction).

good luck.

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Testimonial: "Thank You! All good tips. I think I will call around to get some more quotes. I will get the belt replaced soon."

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Honda recommends 105,000 Most shops go with 80,000. Sooooo I would say you are borrowing time now. Check around,, I don't know if you're in a HIGH cost of living area or what, But in Central Ohio $1000 is raping you!!!!!!!!!!!! Check at your local Autozone or Advance Auto Parts and get a list of shops they sell to and have a personal opinion of them. You should be able to get it done for half that. Just that parts should only run Approx. 100 dollars . Your Mom and Pop shops can do it, as it is a pretty common procedure.

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Testimonial: "Thank You! I will call a few more places and will then have it taken care of asap."

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