How often do you need to change an Acura timing belt?

What is a timing belt and do you need to change it?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at 1:35 pm
timing belt being placed on camshafts

How often do you need to change an Acura timing belt?

A timing belt or chain is an important engine component in that it effectively times the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft. It’s basically harmonizing the strokes of each engine to get optimum efficiency and prevent any sort of damage from the piston hitting valves. You need a timing belt for your engine to run, so naturally you want to replace it before it wears out. So how often do you need to change the timing belt in your Acura?

How to know if your timing belt is failingTiming belt on a white background

What are some indicators that your timing belt could be on its last leg? A ticking noise is an indication that the timing belt is wearing down. If your engine won’t turn over at all, it could already be broken. Since the timing belt is responsible for, well, the timing of your engine cylinders, your engine could misfire when the cylinder is opened or closed too early.

Acura recommends changing your timing belt every 60,000 to 90,000 miles. The exact recommendation can be found in the Scheduled Maintenance recommendations in your owner’s manual. This will vary by the model and model year of your Acura.

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Acura typically uses a timing belt on models that are equipped with the V6 engine, such as the MDX, while vehicles with the 4-cylinder engine frequently use a timing chain. A timing chain does not need to be replaced, but in rare instances there can be a failure. It’s important to check for wear because when a chain does break, it can cause catastrophic damage.

Not sure what to look for when it comes to your timing belt? Set up a service appointment here at Radley Acura and we’d be happy to help you out. Until then, check back here at the Radley Acura Blog for more maintenance tips.

8 Responses to “What is a timing belt and do you need to change it?”

  1. DAVID PINEDA says:

    I have a 2018 Acura MDX. The maintenance minder schedule in the documentation does not say how often to replace a timing belt when I look up timing belt that says see the maintenance minder schedule when I look at the maintenance minder schedule it doesn’t list any timing. How often should I replace a timing belt on a 20000 Acura MDX why can’t anybody answer that question,

  2. ackman says:

    90,000 miles or 7 years whichever comes first.

  3. Raul says:

    Like the previous blogger stated, 90k or 7 years. I’ll throw in a caveat and say every 60-90K miles.

  4. I have a 2006 MDX with a102500 miles. I’m I it to far? It runs great. But I don’t want to hurt the 3.5L motor. I had a mechanic price me $700.00 to change the timing belt. Should I go for it?

  5. Mohammad Rashed says:

    I have a 2004 mdx. Changed mine at 110k miles, may be little more. you can check with some dealers first. sometimes they give good deals. I had a coupon for $500 plus tax. Acura dealer replaced my Timing belt. Now i have 162500 miles on it. Shop with dealer first. $700 also good deal if you don’t find same or lower dear from dealer.

  6. Carol Verdant says:

    I have a 1999 Acura 2.3 CL. I replaced the timing belt 10-1/2 years ago when I bought it from the original owner at 103,000 miles. It now has 172,000 miles. Is it time to replace the belt again?

  7. Don Hardie says:

    I have a 2011 MDX with 21,000 miles and have not changed the timing belt. Dealer is after me but I think this is a scam – any thoughts anyone??

  8. Andy says:

    Timing belt and water pump at 90K miles cost around $1,200 at dealer. Plus plug and valve adjustment for $1,000

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