timing belt replacement on 2002 Honda Odyssey

A dealer recommended that I replace the timing belt on a 2002 Honda Odyssey even though it has only 27,000 on it. The dealer said because of the age of the car the belt should be replaced. Is this sound advise?

by in Fairfax, VA on May 26, 2009
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2 answers
ANSWER by , May 26, 2009
In your case it might be rigt to change the timing belt as there was a recall on Timing Belt Auto-Tensioner, but you should not change it just because your car is old and when the timing belt has only 27.000 on it. You can simply check the timing belt by removing couple plastics from the engine and you will be able to see if it has any cracks or oil signs on the belt itself. http://www.TRANSARTNC.com
ANSWER by , May 26, 2009
I think the dealer is right because its supposed to be replaced at 60,000 miles anyway but belts get old and can begin to crack and if it fails it could destroy the engine.