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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 08-05-09, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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When to replace timing belt

I've been advised to replace the timing belt on my 1999 Acura RL, with only 42000 miles on the odometer. The manual says replace it at 105K miles or after 84 months, whichever comes first. Can I wait and put some more miles on the car, or is the 84 month criteria just as important as mileage?
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Time is just as important as mileage as the timing belt is made out of rubber and time will dry that rubber out and make it brittle.

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I took my 98 RL to my mechanic to get the timing belt changed last year. He is a Honda/Acura specialist and he told me not to spend the money as the RL timing belts don't fail and I should wait until the 105K mark (my RL has about 70K on it).

I asked in this forum if anyone had heard of an RL timing belt failure and got no replies.

Yes, to be on the safe side you should replace the timing belt after 5 years, but I am going to wait until the 105K mark. However, my wife and I are over 60 and we don't push the car (I have my 6MT TL for that ).

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There are several users on this board who've had timing belt failures, but all over the 100k mile mark. Personally I would do it every 100-105k miles.
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Well, you know what they say about an ounce of prevention...

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There are several users on this board who've had timing belt failures, but all over the 100k mile mark. Personally I would do it every 100-105k miles.
OK, I will ask again. Has anyone had a timing belt failure with any amount of mileage in their RL (or Legend)?

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If I had a 1999rl with 42k miles on it I would not even consider having the timing belt done on it. I have a 2000rl and just passed 90k miles. I just had a front and rear brake job done, brake fluid flushed and replaced, transmission fluid replaced, differential fluid replaced. Along with that goes the inspection of the suspension, steering, boots, belts, hoses, exhaust etc. The dealer found nothing wrong with my car "but" also recommended having the timing belt replaced for an additional $1009.00 + tax. Dealers are "pushing" maintenance to make up for the money they are losing with cars sales in the tank right now. The dealer that did the work for me picked up my car, left me a 2009 MDX (with the tech pkg) as a loaner and then returned my car when done. I have not read on any Acura forum that some one's 3.5 self-destructed due to the timing belt letting go. Is there a risk involved? Sure! Life is about managing risk and making informed decisions and unless your independently wealthy I just can't see spending that kind of coin on a car that is barely broken in at 42k miles. This is just my 2 cents on this subject. I'm not asking to be flamed, just trying to answer jime's question
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I looked at mine with about 150,000 miles on it and it looked just about new. I think the problem is not that they break, but the little nubs become worn and eventually the belt slips. I would go farther than you think you can. Mine was in Arizona and the hot weather didn't seem to be a factor.
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I have 00 RL with 101,000 miles. I recently had them done and found it not to be necessary. I was all paranoid as hell so I got them done and I probably easily could have gone another 100K miles. They were both all good and new almost!!!

I also had the spark plugs replaced.
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I also have a 00 RL w/ 140,000 miles. I just had my timing belt done as I had not been driving the car that often for the past year or so due to my constant traveling and working from home. Now that I have switched jobs and drive everyday I figured I would get it done. Like previous poster my belts looked fine but I wanted to be safe.
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I have a 1996 RL and had the timing belt/ water pump replaced recently and they looked brand new - easily could have gone another 50K plus miles.
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yeah, timing belt/water pump concerns are wayyyy overrated for our RL's.
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My 96 has the original timing belt with 125k on the clock. I have no intentions of replacing it.
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My 96 has the original timing belt with 125k on the clock. I have no intentions of replacing it.
You may want to, or prepare for it very soon. The belt is going on 13 years and 125k miles and counting. Ticking time bomb.

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Yeah I have an 96RL 200K and 02RL 150K m, Never replace a belt on any, and I have had 3 Legens.
timming belt change is over rated
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