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Customer Review

on June 10, 2014
 This is the best timing belt kit you can buy with all original OEM parts with the same brands used on the manufacturing line. I've used a number of them and they go in perfect.

As the 3rd gen TLs and Accords (2004-2008) come with an interference fit engine, it's a $4K - $6K plus mistake if you get sub standard parts, something breaks, and you total the engine.

Timing belt time in the Accord and TL is 7 years or 105k miles whichever comes first and it's called the 105k service. The 105K service is supposed to include:

1 - Timing Belt Kit w Water Pump, this is the only one I 've ever found with the OEM level water pump including the Oring tabs (see video) (this product)
1 - Drive Belt Goodyear 4060840 Gatorback Poly-V Belts
1 - Thermostat, I got a fail safe that locks open if it breaks so I don't have any chance of overheating the aluminum block Motorad 7302-170 Failsafe Thermostat
1 - Thermostat gasket Fel-Pro 35162 Thermostat O Ring
2 - Honda Type 2 Gallon Coolant, flush not neccessary Genuine Honda Parts OL999-9011 Blue Type 2 Coolant - 1 Gallon Bottle
3 - Honda DW1 ATF Fluid Quart Genuine Honda Fluid 08200-9008 ATF-DW1 Automatic Transmission Fluid - 1 Quart
6 - NGK 6994 Iridium Spark Plug, Factory OEM NGK (6994) Laser Iridium Spark Plug
1 - Engine air filter Fram CA9600 Extra Guard Rigid Panel Air Filter
1 - Cabin Air Filter, I got an activated Carbon and Baking Soda Filter and it really makes a difference FRAM CF10134 Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filter

There is an incredible walkthrough at Acurazine.com in the TL section, google "acurazine.com 784622" and you get an article named "A122: DIY 105k service" with complete walkthrough and all photos.... it's an incredible piece of work, major thank you to the guy who did it.

He used a Gates kit, which saves about $60, but I prefer the fully OEM Aisin kit here as the Gates kit has a reported 11% water pump failure rate (!!!!) which is a huge number considering how hard it is to get to. Also, the Aisin pump has the oring retention tabs I mention in the video which is a huge convenience / peace of mind thing.

There is definitely no better kit than this one that I have ever seen or heard of.

note:
This is NOT an easy job, you can slip a little and break the throttle position sensor, slip in another place and get the belt off position by one tooth, slip on the water pump and end up with a leak... it's in a tight spot and you have to suspend the car on stands... you have to get a couple special tools....

I know a guy who was trying to do it on ramps and dropped the car on himself with nobody there and ended up waiting for 2 hours until I showed up... he is a particularly big and tough MF so he survived it with one cracked rib which was amazing

If you aren't sure you can do it, buy the kit and pay a local foreign car specialist to do it... most will do it for $300-400...

and not just some guy who does it on the side because if he screws it up, a new engine will be at least 3000 done right and he won't help you out.... get a shop that stands behind their work for the extra $100.... you are still out a couple hundred dollars ahead of the dealer and you are sure the honda or acura dealer didn't skimp on the parts and believe me, they do that all the time...

some of them will charge you for the water pump and not bother to change it as they rarely fail and the odds are that you will get outside of the warranty period without it happening and they pocket about $200 extra parts and labor.
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