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Sorry about the delay, 2016 will go down in history as the year of break downs. From computers to cars, and everything in between, I am finally getting ahead.

During Christmas break I tacked the job of changing the timing belt on the Honda Pilot. It seemed like a pretty easy job if done slowly, so I plannedĀ  it to take 3 days, which allowed long breaks if things didn’t work as planned.

Two months ago the SUV was starting to make a strange noise. Is sounded like an exhaust vibration. I could not find it so we finally took it to a mechanic. They diagnosed it as a loose timing belt. I took it home and tore it apart. The timing belt was so loose I could almost take it off by hand.

I had bought a timing belt kit, made by Dayco and sold by Advance Auto, with Car Quest name all of it. It had a water pump, timing belt, tensioner and idler pulleys. The tensioner went bad, nothing I did was wrong. I ended up buying a tensioner and belt from Honda for more than it cost for the whole Dayco kit. Since I bought the kit I don’t see of a way to just return one part. I wouldn’t trust a replacement part anyway.

Next I will have to change the radiator. This time I know the Honda part is defective and I need an aftermarket one.PS, I hate this new editing interface on WordPress.