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2014 pilot approaching 100K. I got a price quote from local dealer( conroe tx) for timing belt replacement

how does this price sound?

Listed below is the quote you asked for and all timing belt services are 10% off during the month of October.

TIMING BELT, WATER PUMP, DRIVE BELT AND COOLANT W/ TENSIONER

PARTS – 620.15
LABOR – 825.00
TAX AND FEE’S – 101.11

TOTAL – 1546.26

If done in October – 1395.63 this includes parts labor tax and 10% off. We would need the vehicle for about 5-6 hours and I would provide a loaner car for you.

Please let me know if I can assist in scheduling an appointment for you.
 

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That looks about right. I was quoted around $1,700 and I think it also included the valve adjustment, new spark plugs, brake fluid flush and possibly power steering flush. I don't know about a loaner. When I need to schedule it I am going to ask about the loaner.
 

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That's reasonable for a dealer, but make sure they are replacing the timing belt tensioner. Many dealers don't include this.
You may want to see how much a valve adjustment would cost since that is recommended around that time. Possibly spark plugs too.
Do you have an independent Honda specialist in your area? You will likely save several hundred dollars. The only downside is you won't get a loaner.
 

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That's reasonable for a dealer, but make sure they are replacing the timing belt tensioner. Many dealers don't include this.
You may want to see how much a valve adjustment would cost since that is recommended around that time. Possibly spark plugs too.
Do you have an independent Honda specialist in your area? You will likely save several hundred dollars. The only downside is you won't get a loaner.
no honda Specialist shop here. Mostly chain shops that i wouldn’t trust with a simple oil change.

thinking about spark plugs too
 

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That's reasonable for a dealer, but make sure they are replacing the timing belt tensioner. Many dealers don't include this.
You may want to see how much a valve adjustment would cost since that is recommended around that time. Possibly spark plugs too.
Do you have an independent Honda specialist in your area? You will likely save several hundred dollars. The only downside is you won't get a loaner.
I did a generic search for a Honda specialist in my area but I'm not finding a good source. Are there other ways to look for a good non-dealer mechanic that would do a good job? I'm in the same boat, quickly closing in on the 100k mile mark.
 

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I did a generic search for a Honda specialist in my area but I'm not finding a good source. Are there other ways to look for a good non-dealer mechanic that would do a good job? I'm in the same boat, quickly closing in on the 100k mile mark.
Nextdoor (social site for neighborhoods) seems to have good recommendations based on your area. It's good to hear first hand experiences. Otherwise it doesn’t necessarily need to be Honda specialist but any place with a lot of good recent reviews.
These timing belt jobs aren’t complicated they just need to be done perfectly or else it’ll destroy your engine. Remember dealerships can mess up too. You want a place that will stand by their mistakes.
I know Napa service centers have good reputations and if you are a AAA member, you get a discount.
I guess I'm spoiled living in Atlanta there are what seems like 50 Japanese auto specialists within a 45 minute drive of me. Thankfully my mechanic who has been maintaining our cars for years is only 10 minutes from home.
 

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Nextdoor (social site for neighborhoods) seems to have good recommendations based on your area. It's good to hear first hand experiences. Otherwise it doesn’t necessarily need to be Honda specialist but any place with a lot of good recent reviews.
These timing belt jobs aren’t complicated they just need to be done perfectly or else it’ll destroy your engine. Remember dealerships can mess up too. You want a place that will stand by their mistakes.
I know Napa service centers have good reputations and if you are a AAA member, you get a discount.
I guess I'm spoiled living in Atlanta there are what seems like 50 Japanese auto specialists within a 45 minute drive of me. Thankfully my mechanic who has been maintaining our cars for years is only 10 minutes from home.
Great info Jack, thanks!
 

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With 10% off that is still on the high side. It be good to get a complete parts list. If they are replacing the drive belt and drive belt tensioner too, there should be no labor charge for these two items, because they must be removed to get to the timing belt and water pump.
It's also the best time for the coolant to be replaced
 

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sounds OK.
Conroe TX huh? Was one of my stomping grounds!
I lived in the Woodlands when I was a Senior in High School. It was a LONG time ago, the Woodlands only had one HS and no senior class that year (77-78). I commuted to and from.
Swam for them and the Woodland Athletic Center. Lifeguarded at the Woodlands too.
Wow, brings back some good memories! All 'cause you mentioned Conroe!
 

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2014 pilot approaching 100K. I got a price quote from local dealer( conroe tx) for timing belt replacement

how does this price sound?

Listed below is the quote you asked for and all timing belt services are 10% off during the month of October.

TIMING BELT, WATER PUMP, DRIVE BELT AND COOLANT W/ TENSIONER

PARTS – 620.15
LABOR – 825.00
TAX AND FEE’S – 101.11

TOTAL – 1546.26

If done in October – 1395.63 this includes parts labor tax and 10% off. We would need the vehicle for about 5-6 hours and I would provide a loaner car for you.

Please let me know if I can assist in scheduling an appointment for you.
Here is my take on the issue. $1500 +/- a few bucks now or $6k-10K for a new/rebuilt motor later. As Harry Callahan would say, "Are you feeling lucky?"
 

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I'm in Texas. If a dealership wanted to charge me $1500 for a timing belt job and said that was 10% off, I'd be looking for another shop and avoid ever going back there. Lol
 
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I'm in Texas. If a dealership wanted to charge me $1500 for a timing belt job and said that was 10% off, I'd be looking for another shop and avoid ever going back there. Lol
Have you priced the timing belt job recently at any Honda dealerships in TX?
Wonder what the price would be at "another shop" if they bought all of the parts from a Honda dealer?
 

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It wasn't that long ago we were talking $900 while some were paying $1200.
 

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It wasn't that long ago we were talking $900 while some were paying $1200.
Call your local TX Honda dealer tomorrow and ask for a current quote for the complete job - as in timing belt, accessory drive belt, both tensioners, water pump, coolant, and whatever else they usually include.
Let us know what they say.
 

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I'm in Texas. If a dealership wanted to charge me $1500 for a timing belt job and said that was 10% off, I'd be looking for another shop and avoid ever going back there. Lol
True, but from the sounds of it the OP is not a wrench turner and may not know of a reliable Honda specialist in their area.
 

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About a year or so ago I was quoted $1200 in the Atlanta area. I thought THAT was high. I did it myself for about $250 - $300 bux. The OEM tbelt tensioners don’t hold up. Mine was leaking at 7.5 years and about 65k miles and I’m not the only one.
 
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