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I have a 2002 Civic Sedan LX, which has only a little more than 10k miles (about 16k km), although it will be 7 years old (of course) in next june. Such a low mileage is result of a health problem I had, but the car has been used used, very sparinglly, by my sons, and is in perfect shape.
The question is : the owners manual says 110k miles (176k km) as the interval between replacements of the timing belt, or 7 years of use. So, I ask to the friends, is it really necessary in this special case, or may I delay the replacement? Many thanks, and excuses for the bad english.
Where are you located and what is the climate? If it is hot and dry, then I would replace it soon as the rubber can become dry, brittle and risk breaking. If you are in a temperate region - like the middle western part of the USA, then I would leave it alone.
Want to hear something crazy?... my brother has a 1990 Accord that he put 435 thousand miles on it.. he finally gave it to charity and got a tax break. the car was so good, he bought another honda...a 00 civic, he put 236 thousand miles on it.. BOTH cars, he has NEVER changed the timing belts, even though his mechanic told him to every time he took it in....
Just shows honda quality... at my last job, my friend has a Hyundai.. he never changed his timing belt.. at 106 thousand miles, it broke... and he needed a new engine. I would not suggest doing what my brother did... but this shows, Honda has awesome cars !!
Just to give you a heads up I would tell them NOT to change the water pump, tensioner and not to adjust the valves since you only have 10k miles. Replace only the belt since its the only item that will go bad with age. I work on these all the time and under your circumstances I would want get some more use out of the water pump/ tensioner. Definatly have the coolant flushed though.
__________________ Me - 2001 K20A2 Civic & 2005 Acura RL
Many thanks everybody.
I decided to replace the belt but have serious doubts about the age of the new one I buy, considering that Honda changed to timing chains instead of belts some years ago, and those in stock may be about as old as the one in my car. Or is this a dumb question (the belt in storage will last much longer, maybe ?)
Any help will be very useful.