Q: I took my 1994 Acura MDX (38,500 miles) to the dealership for its 37,500 mile maintenance schedule (06/09) and they strongly recommend a Timing Belt Replacement service, including Replacing the drive belts and inspect the water pump, due to the age of the car (4 years-old). (Cost of $789.95!) I did not agree to perform this service. Do you recommend I perform the service or wait? Thank you for your time and assistance. Looking forward to your response.
A: The Accura owner’s manual recommends you replace your timing belt and inspect the water pump at 105,000 miles or seven years or under severe driving conditions, replace at 60,000 miles. I would agree with the Manufacturer’s recommendation. The timing belt on this particular model is very wide and generally very dependable. Unless a visual inspection showed cracking or damage, I would wait until 60,000 miles (recommended in severe service/ 110-degree Arizona weather), or seven years, whichever comes first.