Honda Accord Timing Belt Replacement Cost

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Timing Belt Replacement
The average cost for a Honda Accord timing belt replacement is between $396 and $700. Labor costs are estimated between $316 and $511 while parts are priced between $80 and $189. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: This service is typically done as part of a bigger, more expensive repair, so the estimate you see above may not represent your total cost. Some of these bigger related repairs are listed in the table below. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs may be right for you.

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Timing Belt Replacement

What is a timing belt?

The timing belt connects the engine's camshaft and crankshaft, and ensures that they maintain proper timing to keep the engine running smoothly.

When you have it replaced, it might be smart to have related work done to help save on labor. Parts such as pulleys, serpentine belts, tensioners and the water pump are usually worth replacing if they show wear or signs of failure. These repairs are not included in the estimate above.

How does the timing belt work?

The teeth on the belt mesh with the crankshaft timing gear and camshaft timing gear. The belt is held tight by a tensioner to ensure the belt doesn't skip a tooth, or “jump time.” The timing belt may turn an additional gear for the water pump.

What are the symptoms related to a bad timing belt?

Most timing belts will need to be replaced as part of regular maintenance every 60,000 to 100,000 miles, and most related problems are caused by not replacing it when you’re supposed to.

If the timing belt is starting to go bad, the engine will run poorly and the check engine light will likely come on. If the belt breaks, the engine will stall immediately, and internal engine damage can occur.

Can I drive with a timing belt problem?

It is not recommended to drive an Accord suspected of timing component damage. This can quickly result in complete engine failure as described above. If the timing belt has already broken, the engine will not start until the timing belt has been replaced.

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How often do timing belts need to be replaced?

Timing belts are replaced as part of scheduled maintenance, usually every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Timing belts can fail before that interval is reached, but most vehicles will never have a problem with this part.

If a technician notices signs of premature wear during an earlier inspection, the timing belt should be replaced early.

How are timing belt issues diagnosed?

A Honda Accord with the above symptoms would be suspected of timing belt failure immediately, and a quick inspection can verify the diagnosis right away. This would involve removal of the timing belt inspection cover, and noting the observed condition of the timing belt. If the timing belt is found to be missing teeth, or broken, the timing belt will require replacement to restore the vehicle to operating condition.

Timing Belt Replacement Cost Estimates

The average cost for a Timing Belt Replacement is between $396 and $700 but can vary from car to car.

How is a timing belt replaced?

Replacement involves removal of the timing belt cover and tensioner, the timing belt itself, and, finally the timing belt pulley. It may also be necessary for the motor mounts, engine cooling fans, radiator and other engine accessories to be removed.

Installation requires that the proper amount of tension is applied to the timing belt and its related components. Once all the timing parts are back in place, the engine will be tested to make sure it's working right.

Can I replace the timing belt myself?

Because timing belt replacement requires so much deconstruction and putting the right amount of tension on the belt, this repair should be left to a professional mechanic.

What to look out for when dealing with timing belt issues

It may be necessary for the motor mounts to be removed from the Honda Accord, as well as engine cooling fans, the radiator, and all engine accessories. This may include components like the alternator, A/C compressor, mounting brackets, coolant or fuel lines, and any other component that interferes with access to the timing belt cover.