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Old 12-05-2010, 03:49 PM   #1
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Default Timing belt & water pump replacement brand recommendations

Hey everyone,

I'm just turning over 110,000 miles on my 2005 Civic Hx (5 speed). I was thinking that now would be a good time to change the timing belt and water pump from what people have told me (and glancing through the manual).

I have a mechanic that lives up the road who told me to buy the parts and he'd help me do it. I glanced around but haven't been able to definitively decide the best way or best brands to purchase. Since this is an important aspect of the car, obviously, I figured I should ask around before I jump into it.

I checked the FAQ section for the replacement. Anyone else have any general suggestions for the process or any other things to look at while we're at it?

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Buy an OEM kit on Ebay from an online OEM dealer. The kit should include the timing belt, alternator-a/c belt, PS belt, water pump, valve cover gasket and spark plug tube gaskets. There is one on Ebay now for $120 total. If you want, compare the price to buying each part individually via www.bkhondaparts.com.

I am frugal and do not always go OEM, but in my experience, OEM for these parts will pay for itself in longevity and peace of mind.

I do not change the tensioner on the first TB change.
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There are OEM parts distributors listed at the bottom of the FAQ's thread. I'd strongly recommend going with OEM replacements on parts that critical to the engine's function.
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I'd strongly recommend going with OEM replacements on parts that critical to the engine's function.
+2... there's certain things that my Honda's have been finicky about being replaced with non-OEM stuff. I wouldn't risk it, especially with all the labor involved. I could just see having to go back in and replace the water pump after finding out it was inferior.
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OEM

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Google these websites for OEM honda parts at the best prices

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I can verify to OEM. I bout a duralast alternator because I'm planning on ditching my car soon. I had to dremel the upper mount because there tolerance on there part is greater then Hondas. Go OEM. Unless your car isn't worth it.
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