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Old August 29th, 2015, 10:55 AM   #1
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Timing belt and spark plugs

So i've just recently dropped my car off for the B13 service. The technician has brought up the timing belt service and spark plugs as a reminder for my car. It has 90k miles as of now. The price for both the services is close to $1200+ (belt alone is $800+) from Largo Honda. I shopped around and South Motors has offered free belt and charged only the labor for $600+, plugs is around couple of hundreds more. Any suggestions/advice/tips for me? So far the car runs very good, no problem whatsoever. Planning keep it as a work vehicle once i finish with engineer school next year.
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Old August 29th, 2015, 11:23 AM   #2
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save up for timing belt service. you don't want that thing to snap and render you looking for a new engine. by my place it's $600 for timing belt change, including parts and labor. spark plugs are easy to buy and change, won't cost you over $100.
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Old August 29th, 2015, 11:52 AM   #3
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^^ This. Do the plugs yourself (if you're a V6 the rear ones can be tricky and #5 can loosen itself so use loctite).

As far as a belt job goes - hold off for now and keep your eyes open. Honda always runs specials (sometimes as low as $500) on the TB job. Another option is to buy the TB kit yourself and find a reputable private mechanic who will more than likely cost less than Honda. Honestly, I've always changed my belts around 110k miles and all of them have always had a lot of life left to them. 105k is Honda's recommendation - not requirement. If you don't drive hard and a lot of highway miles, original belts can last up to 200k miles before needing replacement. Just sayin'
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Old August 29th, 2015, 02:53 PM   #4
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Unfortunately, I don't know any "good" and honest mechanic in Miami and I rather have my car done at a dealer in case I can always go back if anything goes wrong. I really love my car, and plan to keep it and have some mods done to it (your car is the inspiration) once I'm financially stable lol
What do you mean by Honda specials? South Motors Honda has the free TB for like a while though. I'll try to shop around for better deal.
P.S: oh and it's a V6 like yours, sans the Navi.
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....The price for both the services is close to $1200+ (belt alone is $800+) from Largo Honda.
So your paying almost $400 for a oil change, tire rotation and 3x3 tranny fluid (B13 service)?

Dude, you can do all that yourself for $100.
You can just have a tire shop balance your wheels, if needed, for like $15 per wheel. In total, that is less than half of what Honda is robbing you.




$800 for a Timing Belt, tensioners & water pump job? I hope that includes a valve lash adjustment. If you were to find a reputable shop that offers a warranty on their parts and labor, like mine, you would pay about $600 on the high end, including the valve lash adjustment.
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Yeah those prices are crazy. The transmission fluid, spark plugs, etc are all super easy on this car. The timing belt is the only part I'd probably pay someone to do. Although I'd probably get a local shop to do it and ask them to use OEM Honda parts.
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Old August 30th, 2015, 02:29 PM   #7
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hey man im in Miami too. check out brickell honda! they have a coupon on their website for 500

http://www.brickellhonda.com/timing-...eplacement.htm

i plan on buying the GATES timingbelt/waterpump kit and taking it to a local shop however.

and then there was this CRACKHEAD deal but that was years ago. Love me slickdeals.com

http://www.brickellhonda.com/-389-ti...eplacement.htm

http://slickdeals.net/f/5815800-hond...iami-fl?page=8
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That's a pretty good price. You may want to pay a little extra and have them do the tensioner while they are in there.
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Why would they not do the tensioner... You may mean you might want them to do a valve adjustment. Drive belt/coolant flush/tensioner is included in the price
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Drive up to Tampa and we'll take care of you. Bring Beer and food as payment. Plugs = 45min Timing Belt = 2-4hrs (depending on what beer you brought)

We just helped another 7th gen put my old Tein Springs on.
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So your paying almost $400 for a oil change, tire rotation and 3x3 tranny fluid (B13 service)?

Dude, you can do all that yourself for $100.
You can just have a tire shop balance your wheels, if needed, for like $15 per wheel. In total, that is less than half of what Honda is robbing you.




$800 for a Timing Belt, tensioners & water pump job? I hope that includes a valve lash adjustment. If you were to find a reputable shop that offers a warranty on their parts and labor, like mine, you would pay about $600 on the high end, including the valve lash adjustment.
Lol I didn't say the B13 service was that price. I meant the belt and spark plugs though. I paid around $100 for the B13. There are plenty of shops that warranty their parts and labor, but they don't warranty their shops' existence lol
On the main topic, i didn't hear anything about the valve lash adjustment on the belt job. Interesting point that you have brought up, though.

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hey man im in Miami too. check out brickell honda! they have a coupon on their website for 500

Brickell Honda Timing Belt Replacement Miami | Miami Honda Timing Belt Replacement Coupon

i plan on buying the GATES timingbelt/waterpump kit and taking it to a local shop however.

and then there was this CRACKHEAD deal but that was years ago. Love me slickdeals.com

$199 Timing Belt Replacement Miami | Honda Miami Service Special

Honda Timing Belt Replacement For $199 + Tax & Shop Supplies In Miami, FL !! - Page 8 - Slickdeals.net
Yeah I remember you from those recall service on the Accord. Let me know if you decided to take it to a local shop for that. Waiting for your feedback
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Drive up to Tampa and we'll take care of you. Bring Beer and food as payment. Plugs = 45min Timing Belt = 2-4hrs (depending on what beer you brought)
That sounds really tempting. Wish that I had came across this offer during my summer break lol My last year of school is so hectic for me to take off now. Appreciate the offer though.
P.S: I'm Vietnamese so we've always bring Heineken
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6 Denso IK20 Spark plugs = $50 max on Amazon
1 Aisin timing belt kit = $189 on Amazon

Do it yourself = $0

Read the timing belt + water pump + spark change thread on tl.acurazine.net and learn. I just did it for the first time myself and saved just about $1000. Here in Chicago area, it is never a $500 job at a dealer.
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If your not doing the Water pump I would have that done in 2 hours, easy.
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6 Denso IK20 Spark plugs = 30 bucks at advance auto after coupons

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Drive up to Tampa and we'll take care of you. Bring Beer and food as payment. Plugs = 45min Timing Belt = 2-4hrs (depending on what beer you brought)

We just helped another 7th gen put my old Tein Springs on.
Who is we? I may need to pass through.
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Who is we? I may need to pass through.
Tampa is pretty spread out, but we have (3) of us within 10-15 min of each other. One is on here the other is not.

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This is a good kit.

Engine Timing Belt Kit with Water Pump w Water Pump Aisin TKH 002 | eBay
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That's the one. Same price on Amazon with Prime usually. About $10 cheaper on Rock Auto if you grab a 5% off code to cover some shipping.
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^ i also recommend that kit. 40k and still going strong
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If only I can find time to drive to Tampa
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If only I can find time to drive to Tampa
4 hour drove one way, 2-4 hours labor time, 4 hours back. You can do that in a day
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Recently, i feel that the engine of my AV6 is hotter than usual. The temp gauge is functioning normally, as well as the coolant level. One more thing, sometimes the car takes longer than usual to turn on. Any suggestion?
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So if the temperature gauge is reading normally, what makes you think that the engine is hotter than usual? Just touching it?

For any starting issues, first thing I check is always to make sure the battery terminals are tight and there is no corrosion. Then get the battery tested at any auto parts store. 3-4 years is probably an average life for a battery, though some will last much longer.
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