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Honda CR-V Timing Belt

I have recently bought Pre-Owned a 1998 Honda CR-V EX from a dealer in Cleveland. The vehicle has 85000 Miles onto it. I have read in the owner manual the recommendation to change the timing belt on 105000 Miles or 84 months/7 years which-ever is earlier.

Can somebody guide me if the timing belt change is necessary now since there are about 20000 miles possible on this vehicle. I requested the dealer to trace through the history of the service record and he confirmed that the timing belt has not been replaced earlier. The vehicle is owned and driven in Cleveland since 1998.

If the belt needs to be replaced what should be the estimate for the cost?


  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    The belt itself is about $70, but the labor is $400. If you get someone to replace the belt, have them replace the water pump as well. The pump will run about $100, but saves you the $400 in labor if it needs to be replaced a couple of months later.
  • zengszengs Posts: 6
    Yeah~!I had the same question.
  • I have read about interference and non-interference engines and I suppose that makes some sense, but how do you find out which engine a particular car has? If I decide to buy a 2003 VW Jetta with diesel engine, will the valves possibly bend [or other engine damage occur] if/when the timing belt should break? Thanks.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,979
    You can look up your car at Gates and they'll tell if your engine is interference or not.

    I don't think their listing is foolproof (I think they are wrong about my minivan), so usual disclaimers.

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  • How can you determine if the timing belt has been changed in a vehicle?
    2000 Honda CR-V SE. 116,000 miles, appears well cared for, runs great, no service records available.

  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    By 100,000 miles there should be some play in the chain (more than 1/2 inch). If it's fairly tight then it's probably been replaced.

    tidester, host
  • I'm pretty sure that 2002 was the first year for a timing chain in the CR-V.
    The same procedure doesn't seem like it would apply with a timing belt. :confuse:
    It it does, where do you check for this play?

  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    It it does, where do you check for this play?

    I'll leave that for someone who has specific experience with the CR-V. Anyone?

    tidester, host
  • The dealer recommends a "timing belt package" that costs $695.

    Is it a rip-off?

  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Does the package include the water pump?

    The timing belt service at the dealer should be about $550 - $600 alone. It is recommended to replace the water pump at this time. Most of the charge is from labor. The belt itself is a $20-$30 part, but the tearing of the engine apart adds up. While you have it torn up, might as well replace the pump, which is driven by the timing belt. They should also replace the tensioner at this time as well.

    See if you can negotiate a 10% off or something.
  • A friend of mine is hiring me to install the new pump and timing belt in his 97 CRV, is the dealer price of $695 pretty much nation wide? And has anybody done the replacement? Is $100 labor plus parts a decent price?
  • ntlafntlaf Posts: 1
    Just got timing belt and other 3 belts replaced for my 00 CRV by a local shop.
    The water pump was also replaced.
    With the labor charged of $340, the total cost reached about $550.

    $100 labor charge is surely a steal, only if it can be done properly.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593

    In 2002 the 4 cyl Accords and CRV's went to a timing chain that does not require replacement. It should last the life of the car.

    The 1997-2001 CRV's used a belt that should be replaced at 105,000 miles or 7 years. It's an expensive job but once it's done, it's done. A person would be foolish not to replace the water pump, seals and drive belts while they are "in there".

    If a person doesn't know if the belt has been changed, it is possible to pry back the timing belt cover and look in there with a flashlight. It's about a half hour job and it's not 100% foolproof but there are markings on the belt that a Honda Tech can look at and see if it's been replaced.

    Note, I said a HONDA Tech. They deal with these every day and when they say it's been replaced, it has been.

    Not a good thing to take a chance with.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    Not a ripoff. That's about what a dealer charges.

    If you decide to take it elsewhere you might save a bit buit make sure they know what they are doing. It's not an easy job!
  • jaoonjaoon Posts: 1
    Would you give more information about HONDA TECH, location, website etc?
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    I was referring to any Honda dealer.
  • I just had the timing belt, water pump, and serpentine belt replaced on my Honda CRV 2001. 2 days later, I started the car with my driver's door open and noticed it was knocking like a deisel. I let it warm up and it quieted down but never disappeared completely. I take it back to the mechanic and now he says the tensioner needs to be replaced for another $400 most of which is labor. The CRV has 117,000 miles on it which is why I was having the timing belt replaced. Shouldn't he have replaced the tensioner at the same time? He's telling me that the new belt made it go bad. Of course, the labor is to take it apart which wouldn't be necessary if they'd done it in the first place. They were quick to tell me other things that were wrong - like my valve cover gasket and an engine mount needed to be replaced, my brakes needed to be replaced/resurfaced, the oil pan had a leak and needed to be resealed, etc. But they didn't think the tensioner needed to be replaced???? By the way, two other mechanics have looked at the oil pan and there is absolutly nothing wrong with it. I would just switch mechanics but I feel they owe me what I paid $865 for plus another $350 for the motor mount and the gasket. Oh and this IS a Honda tech doing the work (or claims to be). Thanks for ANY help you can give me. :mad:
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    The normal procedure is to replace the timing belt, tensioner and water pump, since the cost of parts is significantly lower than the cost of labor.

    Was the work performed at the dealership, or is the Honda Tech doing it on the side?
  • Another example of the importance of having the work done by a mechanic that knows and understands the vehicle.
    My mechanic, (independent), also replaces some seals that are very inexpensive and are easy to replace when doing the timing belt procedure. I think they are cam seals, but I'm not positive.
    He also adjusts the valves during that procedure since it is so easily done at the time.
  • Thank you very much for your response. It was at a Honda Dealership. The same one I bought from in 2001. I emailed him early this morning to let him know I expected the tensioner to be replaced at the cost of the part only. Haven't heard back. Wonder why.... I've always praised the Honda name but I surely won't again and certainly won't buy one again unless there is a dealership with an ethical service department in the area. :mad:
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