It’s been 7 years and 98,000 miles since I bought my Honda Accord EX V6 (automatic), and it’s time to get serious about replacing the timing belt. I took a few minutes to read about the process in my Haynes manual. It looks like there are a few opportunities for additional work since several parts need to be removed to make the job simpler. I want to run it past you guys to see what you think.
- Since the serpentine belt needs to be removed, I will replace it. This is the first replacement of this item.
- Haynes says the spark plugs should be removed to make it easier to turn the crankshaft. I will replace the spark plugs since they have to come out anyway.
- Replace the timing belt, idler pulley and tensioner pulley.
- Replace the water pump since the timing belt has to be removed to replace the water pump if it fails.
- Since the coolant has to be drained, replace the coolant and replace the radiator hoses.
The hoses don’t look bloated or feel soft, but they are 7 years old. Does this seem like a reasonable plan to you? I’ve only read here to replace the water pump when the timing belt is replaced (pulleys too), but the serpentine belt, spark plugs, coolant, and hoses seem like such good opportunities that I should do them, too. Am I going overboard?