When should you change the timing belt on a 2000 Honda Civic?

Each model has a specific recommended replacement mileage and you need to adhere to this for preventive maintenance. If the belt breaks, at a minimum you will be stranded because the engine just stops. Worst case on some models you will cause severe damage to the engine including bent valves, broken pistons, and possible main bearing damage which is VERY EXPENSIVE to repair.

Also note that the belt is not "hard urethane" but a reinforced rubber composite. The tensioner is not hydraulic. It is a spring loaded ratchet design reset when the new belt is installed.

You should get your facts straight before giving advice which could cause others a great deal of expense and trouble.

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They must be changed every 60,000 miles. I believe Honda recommend 75,000 although I would not let it go that far.

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Every 60000 to 90000 miles, or if you ever have an oil leak on the front of your engine, as this weakens the belt. While you're there replace the water pump too. It's just good insurance.

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According to owner's manual, under normal operating conditions, timing belt replacement at 105,000 miles/168,000 kilometers/7 years. Change at 60,000 miles/100,000 kilometers when driven continuously in extreme temperature conditions ie; operated at temperatures 110deg. F & above/-20 deg. F or below.

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I had a TiresPlus service manager today recommend that I change the timing belt at 60,000 miles. I pointed out that the manual suggests doing this at 90,000 or 105,000 miles, depending on the driving conditions. His response was, no for the LX model, it's 60,000 miles. This, in my view is a crock. Honda is the most reliable and reputable company in the auto business and I have a hard time believing they would jeopardize their product and their customers' satisfaction with an erroneous maintenance schedule.

Bottom line, go 90,000 miles, then change the timing belt.

I agree with another respondent who recommended replacing the water pump at the same time. Water pumps tend to go sour around that mileage and the incremental cost to do this is pretty minimal, mainly, just the cost of the pump, about $150. Otherwise, you'll spend an extra $200 in labor for the same job. Conversely, if your water pump goes kaput at 60,000 miles, go ahead and replace the timing belt at that point and save the $200 in labor.

My mom has a 2000 Honda accord and she is over protective of her car and wants things changed way before they need changed. Her car has 86,000 miles and she had me check her timing belt. when i did the belt looked brand new. about a week later i was helping my friend change the timing belt on his Toyota 4runner and we needed a harmonic balancer/ puller. we are good friends with a certified master mechanic and we went to borrow his harmonic puller and i asked him about when my mom's timing belt should be changed. He said they should be changed between 90 and 105 thousand miles. he also said that if the timing belt breaks the engine is very sensitive and you would almost be guarantied to have a valve bend or a head break, even if after changing the timing belt if the timing is off even one click it can have that happen. so make sure you change it in time and if doing it your self make sure the timing is perfect before starting your car.

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I've had a civic, CRV, and Accord. Usually I replace the belts at around 90,000 miles (105,000 on my CRV) for the Midwest. Have the mechanic do the water pump and inspect the bearings (most do). 60,000 is overkill unless you live in the desert (temps 110F+).