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FAQ: Honda Odyssey Timing Belts and Timing Chains

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Any family car needs maintenance so that it can keep up with all of your family’s adventures and day-to-day needs. Your minivan’s engine is made up of a ton of moving parts that all work together, and it relies on perfect timing in order to keep working! That’s why your Honda Odyssey has either a timing belt or a timing chain. At some point in your Honda’s life, you’ll need to bring it in to have the timing belt or chain checked and replaced. Here are a few frequently asked questions and some answers about your Honda’s timing belt or timing chain!

2018 Honda Odyssey with timing belt

Do all Hondas have timing belts?

Not all Hondas come with timing belts. Some of them have timing chains instead. Timing belts and timing chains do the same job in your engine, and the reason for having one over the other depends on the kind of engine your Honda has.

Does my Honda Odyssey have a timing belt or chain?

The Honda Odyssey has a timing belt rather than a timing chain. You can usually learn whether your Honda has a timing belt or chain based on the model year and the kind of engine you have. The answer for your Odyssey happens to be easy! All Honda Odyssey models are built with timing belts in the engine, so you don’t need to worry that you’ve got them mixed up. Because your minivan has a timing belt instead of a chain, there are a few things that you’ll need to keep in mind about your Odyssey’s upkeep, like when you should replace your timing belt.

What does my timing belt do?

Your engine has a lot of parts that are constantly moving in order to drive your Odyssey. All of those parts need to move at the right time in relation to each other so that they all function. In order to keep that timing going perfectly, your Honda Odyssey has a timing belt, which is a rubber belt held in place by pulleys. Those pulleys in turn are held by tensioners, which are controlled by the engine’s water pump. A timing belt will need to be replaced more often than a timing chain, but they tend to be quieter and, on their own, are generally less expensive to replace as well. Timing chains typically last longer, but they also have the potential to cause a lot more damage to your engine if they fail, and they tend to be more expensive to replace.

When should the timing belt be replaced on my Honda Odyssey?

The timing belt on a Honda Odyssey generally needs to be replaced about every 60,000-100,000 miles. If you tend to drive in places with extremely hot or extremely cold temperatures, it’s a good idea to replace it closer to 60,000 miles than to wait until 100,000 miles. When the time comes to replace your timing belt, it’s also a good idea to ask your mechanic to check the water pump, timing belt, and pulleys all at the same time. All of these parts of your engine tend to work together, and they often need to be replaced around the same time to make sure the whole system is functioning properly. Your timing belt serves a critical function within your engine, so it’s important to keep it in good shape. The mechanical timing from the timing belt controls the crankshaft and camshaft, as well as the movements of the pistons and valves within the engine. Unless all of these parts work at the right time, your engine won’t work properly, and might not work at all.

2019 Honda Odyssey with timing belt

How do I know I have a bad timing belt?

There are a couple of things you can keep an eye on if you’re worried about your timing belt. The easiest way to be sure it’s in good shape is to keep up to date on your scheduled services. Keep a good log of your usual service and the average life of timing belts, as well as the life of your Odyssey. You can also listen for common signs of a bad belt, like a ticking noise from the engine, or even an engine misfire. A faulty or broken timing belt can also result in your engine simply not turning over. Oil leaks can also be a sign, since engines often start to leak motor oil from the timing belt cover over time. Keep an eye out for these signs, and make sure to visit a Honda service provider when it’s time!

Learn More About Honda Timing Belts and Chains

If you have other questions or you’d like to learn more about other Honda models, you’ll find more frequently asked questions answered here on our blog!

Honda Odyssey Sales & Service in St. Paul, MN

If you need to bring your Honda Odyssey or other model in for a new timing belt or timing chain, stop by Buerkle Honda in St. Paul, MN! Our service team can help you out and get you back on the road in no time. Don’t forget about our great Buerkle Rewards program, where you can gain service benefits as well as sales perks. You’ll get benefits like two free oil changes, two free tire rotations, 5% back on parts and services, and more! We’re located near Minneapolis, Inver Grove, and Blaine, so stop by and see us soon!