I have seen the mod used with other Honda engines. Can this be done for the 2011 Pilot??
Well pretty much EVERYTHING else in the class has chains...It's actually an easy DIY for anybody.
Find a 2010 or later Toyota 4-runner. Trade your Pilot for it. Cost of the trade won't be much more than modifying a Honda V6 to be something it's not, and reliability will be way better.
Otherwise, "no" is definitely the right answer.
It’s baked into the DNA of the Honda J-engine. There are a lot of really good features of the J engines. If you like the performance, economy, smoothness, and longevity of a Honda J V6, you will have to accept the timing belt. If you can’t stand a timing belt, you need to get a different ride. No engine design is perfect, but some are better than others. Honda J engines are pretty damn good.Ok, so it’s not possible. But I wish there was something more durable than a belt. Just saying.
Proven durability for 100k miles, unless your in a harsh climate or really working the engine hard. L.., change every 60k. I’ve installed this kit on multiple Hondas with V6 engines with no issues.
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Mitsuboshi Timing Belt
Aisin Water Pump
Koyo Tensioner Bearing
Koyo Idler Bearing
Purchase through a reputable dealer like RockAuto to ensure it’s genuine.
Spoken like a true german car (Audi with the firewall timing assembly) owner!It should also be noted that a chain isn’t inherently better and in some cases wear out faster than belts even. They wear out “stretch“ and the guides wear / break as do the tensioners. At least with a belt it’s designed to be replaced and is typically much easier than replacing the chain on a car. Some of the newer cars are even putting the chain on the back of the engine instead of the front which means you have to pull the engine and trans to get to it.
Heh yeah but it's not JUST the Germans doing it. I seem to recall a GM and a Ford engine that had it at the back too. I think the GM 3.6's fail even sooner than VW's were - like 70k miles. Even the worst VW's would make 80k.Spoken like a true german car (Audi with the firewall timing assembly) owner!
This has been true for many vehicles with chains, for some reason they didn't get proper lubrication or leaky tensioners or guides that break and the cost to replace the timing chain and parts is way more than a timing belt. But some (looking at Honda K series, for instance) are damn bulletproof and hundreds of thousands of miles without a hiccup.