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What is the experience with the timing belt, is it a time (year) or mileage that wears out the belt. I have 98k in my 2011 mdx, would be ok to wait until it hits 105k before changing even though that might be another 1 year of driving?
 

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7 years or 105,000 miles is the manufacturer recommendation, for my 2007.
I had mine done at 9 years and 81,000 miles.
I kept the old parts and could fold the belt without cracking it. I could have waited another year.

Mine is a low mileage mid-west vehicle, so I felt comfortable waiting, but if my vehicle was from an extreme climate known for heat (Southern AZ) or cold Chicago and North) I wouldn't have waited.

How do you feel about your zip code, would you rather live in 32118?
 

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The advice is at around every 105k miles or every 7 years.

With that - My Accord V6 is 12 years old with 68k miles and I recently did the timing belt and all parts looked just as good as the new parts. I could have went to100k miles no problem. I am in NY so I get all seasons including the awful salt season that destroys our cars.

On my 2015 MDX I did the timing belt service at 105k and those too looked just as good as the new parts. But it’s really the tensioner that one has to worry about so going past 105 can be risky by I have known folks go to 150+ without changing it. I wouldn’t do that.
 

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+1 for getting done soon if you live in a very hot climate and possibly waiting another year if more mild, but keep in mind a failed TB or associated component is a major blow to an interference engine. So, do you feel lucky punk? 😀
 

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My 2011 is at 66k and I’m thinking of doing the belt/water pump this year. I have no doubt that it will last longer but I rather be on the safe side than not.
 

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If you're planning to keep the car there's really no good excuse to put off the repair. The odds are good it won't fail...but if you're unlucky you have a $5,000 boat anchor that you probably didn't need.
 

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If you're planning to keep the car there's really no good excuse to put off the repair. The odds are good it won't fail...but if you're unlucky you have a $5,000 boat anchor that you probably didn't need.
LOL Boat anchor, good one

Honestly at this time I do not know how long I will keep the MDX, I really like it but lack of latest safety features is what makes me keep exploring upgrades. So realistically I might do it in 10th year of the car(next year) if its still with me and I see it staying longer in the garage.
 

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We'll be changing ours sooner rather than later. The first belt was changed after 100k but the car was kept around the San Diego area, a pretty moderate climate. Now that we've brought it out to Laughlin, NV we get to anticipate 115-125*F heat in the summer. That means it will most likely see a new belt around May before things really heat up..
 

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The belt should last with no problems, they say every 105k miles as a safety net, it could probably go for 150k miles but legal department thought best the 105k thing was better. I would follow the factory recommended time frame.

When you do get the belt replaced make sure they'll replace the water pump as well.
 

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I Replaced the whole set.... seals, tensioner, gears, pump. Serpentine belt & tensioner if needed, plugs, valve adjustment in one shot.

Original belt was still ok at the 10 year mark, yeah it was a gamble with most vehicles with interference engines.

Oem parts installed, so it should last another 7~8 years more before the rest of the vehicle succumbs to rust
 
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