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I have a 2011 Honda Pilot with a little over 60,000 miles. At my last oil change they told me they recommend I have a ‘timing belt package’ service done, and that they usually recommend this at 60K miles. However, it appears to be a very expensive service. Is this something I really need to invest in right now? What kind of problems might I have with my car if there is an issue with the timing belt? Can I just do part of the service, like replace the belt or do I have to do the whole ‘package’?

The timing belt serves a very important role in your car. This belt controls the camshafts on your engine and keeps the entire operation running properly. On your Honda Pilot, the vehicle Alldata Repair information states that timing belt replacement is due at 100,000 miles unless it’s primarily operated in temperatures -20 and above 110 degrees. If that’s the case 60,000 is the recommended mileage. The V6 3.5 liter engine is what’s considered to be an interference engine. What that means is, if the timing belt breaks the camshaft and crankshaft get out of time causing pistons and valves to hit each other causing severe engine damage. In fact, if your timing belt fails it can cause your motor to completely stop and it will not start again. Doing the timing belt and water pump is recommended to be done at the same time since the labor is about the same to do either or, saves you money doing them together rather than separately. A timing belt costs a lot less than an engine or cylinder head, so it’s best to be safe and have the service done at the recommended mileage.

Chris Garman is President of Wilhelm Automotive ( To ask a Car Care a question, please email Chris at [email protected] Please include your name, city and the car VIN whenever possible (the VIN will not be printed) so that we may best answer your question. You may see your answer in an upcoming edition of the Arizona Republic!


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