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1. Dealer, $1168 after coupon. TB and WP replacement.

2. Independent Honda specialist in my area - 20+ years working at Honda dealers. $1025. Uses all OEM Honda Parts and looks for/does preventative replacing on other failure prone areas.

3. Independent mechanic, $650. Gates aftermarket kit. Never used him before, but my neighbors and friends have had good experiences (heard him through word of mouth).

Which would you choose and why?
 

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Since your profile has absolutely no info, such as where you are, and no we don't need your home address, but Region, State, County or City are quite helpful.

Why, because we may be able to suggest what the cost has been for others in your area.

I'm in California and my dealer was under $1000, and that was with significantly more than just a standard Timing Belt Change, and my local Independent was even higher , and there is a Dealer in MD, Anderson Honda who is Under $600...

YMMV
 

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Since your profile has absolutely no info, such as where you are, and no we don't need your home address, but Region, State, County or City are quite helpful.

Why, because we may be able to suggest what the cost has been for others in your area.

I'm in California and my dealer was under $1000, and that was with significantly more than just a standard Timing Belt Change, and my local Independent was even higher , and there is a Dealer in MD, Anderson Honda who is Under $600...

YMMV

Did a little updating to my profile... I'd love to know if anybody has a shop they like in South Nashville.

Sounds like maybe the dealer is a bit high. The independent specialist said he does a good bit more than the standard dealer change out, but at $1025 it's still pricier than the shadetree mechanic. I'm close enough to Alabama, I wonder if I should call around there as well...
 

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I think I've decided on the independent Honda specialist. He seems very knowledgable and I will appreciate his additional preventative work he will perform. I'm also going to see if he can cut a deal if I do the Radiator at the same time!
 

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Sounds good 62, unfortunately you caught in the Vortex which is the G2 RL. Several G1 owners are either staying off the forum or just not posting much. Hopefully you can either provide an aftermarket radiator or he has a good source for one. Considering there is coolant required for both jobs it's a good time to do that. And if so you should also consider atleast completing a Drain & Fill of DW-1 ATF, since removing the radiator opens the ATF lines, may as well put 3.5-4 qts of that in at the same time.

Please post your final results
 

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If you like the indy "Honda" mechanic, find out if you can get a better price for OEM parts. If he's getting from dealer, you can beat that all to heck by buying on Amazon & getting OEM kit (all OEM sourced parts). Alternatively, you could order the parts form an on-line discount dealer like bernardiparts.com, where you'll find a TB kit with water pump for $232 plus another $18 for shipping. I am guessing this is probably a lot less than your mechanic is paying if he's buying from your local dealer source. Maybe.....

Good Luck either way. My opinion is that you shouldn't be paying more than $600 out the door.
 

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I think I paid around $1700 for my TB service which included a new radiator, new front struts, serpentine belt and tensioner, wp, hydraulic tensioner, new plugs (I provided) and a valve adjustment. Local independent Honda guy.
 

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Timing belt replacement at my dealer is $400 for a V6 Honda (that's a service coupon price). That's the belt replacement, but only an inspection of tensioner, seals, etc. I don't know what those items (or the water pump) would add.

Of the 3 choices you listed in your area, I favor the indie shop's quote.
 

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Check here: More Information for AISIN TKH002
https://www.amazon.com/Aisin-TKH-002-Engine-Timing-Water/dp/B008EEYTRE/ref=au_as_r?_encoding=UTF8&Make=Honda%7C59&Model=Ridgeline%7C2793&Year=2008%7C2008&ie=UTF8&n=15684181&newVehicle=1&s=automotive&vehicleId=1&vehicleType=automotive
You can get same on Amazon with free shipping for just under $200. There are cheaper kits also (Gates, etc.) that would probably be just fine as well, but I'd recommend this Aisin kit (all OEM sourced parts I believe). You can buy the serpentine belt seperately, and you really don't need the seals included in costlier kits.
 

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Here things can be expensive. At 97,000 miles last fall I had replaced at Honda, Timing Belt,Water Pump, Belt Compressor, some bolts, Coolant, Drive Belt ,Head Gasket, Valves Adjusted and Plugs. Dont know what all the TB replacement parts are, they could differ from one place to another as far as I know, that could be why there are so many different prices on here. Dropped off in the morning and picked up after work. Now the maybe bad $1421.06 includes a $200 coupon. Sounds bad, oh well....Im not donin it and Im not takin it to Joe down the block to save 150 bucks and get it back two to three days later and maybe fight anything that might go wrong, I need it now. Honda gave me a brand new Accord to drive the 10 miles to and from house to work and back to Dealer for nothin. What can I say...but shes good to go another 100,000.
 

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Here things can be expensive. At 97,000 miles last fall I had replaced at Honda, Timing Belt,Water Pump, Belt Compressor, some bolts, Coolant, Drive Belt ,Head Gasket, Valves Adjusted and Plugs. Dont know what all the TB replacement parts are, they could differ from one place to another as far as I know, that could be why there are so many different prices on here. Dropped off in the morning and picked up after work. Now the maybe bad $1421.06 includes a $200 coupon. Sounds bad, oh well....Im not donin it and Im not takin it to Joe down the block to save 150 bucks and get it back two to three days later and maybe fight anything that might go wrong, I need it now. Honda gave me a brand new Accord to drive the 10 miles to and from house to work and back to Dealer for nothin. What can I say...but shes good to go another 100,000.
You've got a head gasket thrown in there Northern, which is a game changer price-wise.... not to mention the valve adjust. So for that I'm not sure $1400 would be a bad price anywhere. ;)
 

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Check here: More Information for AISIN TKH002
https://www.amazon.com/Aisin-TKH-002-Engine-Timing-Water/dp/B008EEYTRE/ref=au_as_r?_encoding=UTF8&Make=Honda%7C59&Model=Ridgeline%7C2793&Year=2008%7C2008&ie=UTF8&n=15684181&newVehicle=1&s=automotive&vehicleId=1&vehicleType=automotive
You can get same on Amazon with free shipping for just under $200. There are cheaper kits also (Gates, etc.) that would probably be just fine as well, but I'd recommend this Aisin kit (all OEM sourced parts I believe). You can buy the serpentine belt seperately, and you really don't need the seals included in costlier kits.
BTW... ^^^ this will also allow you to check the "parts" portion of your quotes to see if you are getting skinned in that area.
 

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Wondering a bit about the Aisin parts. I'm a little skeptical when they redefine the "OEM" from 'original equipment manufacturer' to 'original equipment matched'

How many have used these?
 

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Wondering a bit about the Aisin parts. I'm a little skeptical when they redefine the "OEM" from 'original equipment manufacturer' to 'original equipment matched'

How many have used these?
Many have used these. Aisin is the original manufacturer of your water pump.... you'll see their name embossed on the casting I believe. The other parts in the kit come from other OEM suppliers... in my case the TB itself is Mitsuboshi (one of multiple OEM TB suppliers). Aisin is a very reliable source for these kits.

You can check via search (on this forum) to get other reports on them. However, no one has posted here as having problems with any kit that I know of.
My opinion.... you can't go wrong with an Aisin kit..... others are cheaper (check RockAuto if cost is your primary factor). There are "Gates" kits that cheaper both on Amazon and at RockAuto.

But really none of this matters if you don't trust the parts/source for your kit. If you need to buy OEM to get that peace of mind, then buy from one of the discount dealers mentioned hear a lot. You'll get a decent price.... but still probably $100 more than if you buy one of these Aisin kits on Amazon.
 

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Thanks everybody, I talked to him again today and he is quoting $450 for the labor and the remainder is parts cost for the TB, WP, tensioner, power steering flush, and power steering O rings.
 

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Thanks everybody, I talked to him again today and he is quoting $450 for the labor and the remainder is parts cost for the TB, WP, tensioner, power steering flush, and power steering O rings.
Sounds like you could bring him the parts & be set with a very fair price.
 

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My local guys will not warranty the parts if they don't provide them. Probably not worth the savings in that scenario.
 
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Timing belt was a negative for me when shopping for a truck, good thing RTL had a moonroof.
 
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