“Should I have the timing belt replaced on a 2010 Honda Accord 3.5 liter V-6 that has only 43,000 miles on the odometer? The dealer recommended that the belt be replaced at a cost of about $500. The owner’s manual says to replace the belt at 90,000 miles. I want to maintain the vehicle, yet not spend money if at all possible. What is your advice? “
Halderman: The dealer is correct – the belt should be replaced. The vehicle manufacturer recommends that the belt be replaced every 90,000 miles or every 72 months (six years) whichever occurs first. Because the Honda is more than 6 years old, I would bite the bullet and have the belt replaced. The belt deteriorates due to age, as well as use.