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We finally got there - a little over 100k on our 2001 Odyssey EX. It's been good to us. Knock on wood, the transmission is still AOK. And we want to keep her.

According to the manual:
Replace Timing Belt
Inspect Water Pump
Replace Transmission Fluid
Inspect Idle Speed
Inspect Valve Clearances
Replaces Spark Plugs
+[Do Items A,B]: Change Oil, check brakes, rotate tires, etc.

I'm bettin' this is gonna cost about 1000-1200$ for the timing belt, plugs, fluids.

Questions: do dealers usually replace the water pump, or is it really just an inspection?

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-Dave
 

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As I understand it, it's an inspection with most dealerships, and you have to pay extra to replace the water pump. Many people/independents replace the water pump and belt tensioner as a matter of course while changing the timing belt.

If you are near Glendale or mid-city Los Angeles, I can give you references to a couple of excellent independent Honda specialists to call for estimates and their recommendations to compare to the dealerships.
 

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you mind as well replace water pump when doing timing belt you dont want to pay for double the labor later on since its essentiallly breaking into the same area.
 

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Are you planning to sell the van any time soon ?
If you don't keep it long term, just skip the water pump.

Since this is a V6 engine, room is very limited so it will more time to replace the spark plugs and the timing belt.
Dealer would likely recommend a new water pump b/c the van is already 10 years old.
If you want to keep the van long term, consider replacing the water pump and have peace of mind for the next 100K miles.
New TB, waterpump, trans fluid, sparkplugs will set you back $1000 at Honda dealers or reputable indy shops.
If you got lucky, a Honda dealers may have a coupon on timing belt that would save you $100-150.
 

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I agree with others saying replace the idlers and water pump while in there. There's only a couple bolts left when you are that deep so you are mainly paying for the parts, you'll save yourself a headache in the long run. As for the spark plugs, they are really easy to replace just get the exact replacement plugs, don't go cheap on them. These are 105k plugs and are worth the money over cheapo 40k ones.
 

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Thanks - all great info that helps!

Indeed it does make sense for the water pump, since they're in there anyway. I have a fear of broken water pumps, ever since my Dad's 1970 Volvo blew the water pump fan through the radiator while I was 150 miles from home.

yes- we do want to keep the car - it's been great so far. Using this forum, I was able to replace the cabin cleaner several times, and diagnose some bake issues.

re: coupon - thanks for that hint as well. I found a coupon for 20% off "timingBelt + waterPump" for my dealer - and I'm scheduled to drop the car off this Thursday.

I'll let you know how it goes.

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-Dave
 

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So here's how it went: it was indeed around $1100 for the timing belt, water pump, and all the other 100k fluids etc.

In addition, we required brake work and some other things, but the 1100$ estimate from this forum was pretty much dead on.

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Did it include inspecting the valve clearances -- a real inspection with a feeler gauge versus listening for audible tapping?
 

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I don't know - I'll have to call the dealer, since the papers only have brief names for the work done - I've got the card of the specialist.
 
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