Timing Belt Question

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by NukeDude, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. NukeDude

    NukeDude Guest

    I have a 2005 Vue FWD with the Honda V6 engine. Does anyone have any input
    as to how far I can push the timing belt change? I have 61k on it but lost
    my job and really don't want to spend the $$ right now if I can put it off

    Thanks for any input..
    JohnS in Sandy Eggo, CA
    NukeDude, Apr 3, 2010
  2. NukeDude

    Oppie Guest

    Sorry to hear about the job situation. If it's any consolation, the economy
    seems to be recovering. My company in suburban NYC, had us on partial layoff
    and austerity budget for about a year. We just got in some major orders and
    we called everybody back in and put staff back to 40 hours.

    Check your owner's manual. It should have the service interval for the
    timing belt. If you can't find it, check with your favorite garage (not
    necessarily Saturn) for the service interval and recommendations. My '01
    LW300 (6 cyl) was about 80K when the water pump went. Service interval on
    timing belt was 100K so I decided to have it changed at the same time. IIRC,
    it cost somewhere about $500 for the pump and belt. Whatever the total was,
    it was less than Saturn's price and the job was done well.

    You should check if your engine is an 'interference type'. That means, if
    you loose the timing belt, you crunch a valve into a piston head... major
    damage. If the engine is a non-interference type and the belt slips, it just
    runs poorly or not at all but no damage is done (short term, at least). In
    the latter case, you can put off the belt replacement and only at worst,
    risk needing a tow to a shop if it goes.

    Hope that helps,
    Oppie, Apr 3, 2010
  3. NukeDude

    marx404 Guest

    The Honda V6 timing belt in the VUE maintenance schedule is 100K.
    marx404, Apr 4, 2010
  4. NukeDude

    Stewart Guest

    Honda requirements for timing belt changes are 7 years, 105k miles. It
    should be in your manual.....(I have a 2004 Accord v6)
    Stewart, Apr 4, 2010
  5. NukeDude

    Stewart Guest

    It is an interference engine....7 years/105k miles for timing belt
    Stewart, Apr 4, 2010
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