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#4806312 - 07/05/18 10:00 PM OEM or AAP Timing Belt
Gebo Offline

Registered: 09/18/02
Posts: 2153
Loc: VA
How do you feel about using a parts store timing belt vs a Toyota or Honda OEM timing belt?

Edited by Gebo (07/05/18 10:00 PM)
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#4806329 - 07/05/18 10:14 PM Re: OEM or AAP Timing Belt [Re: Gebo]
JamesBond Offline

Registered: 12/13/06
Posts: 861
Loc: midwest
I just did the timing belt, tensioner, and water pump on my interference engine civic and used an aisin kit with a mitsuboshi belt. I wouldn't have a problem using a Japanese or USA made belt from a parts store, but I wanted a Japanese made water pump and tensioner so I bought the kit.

#4806340 - 07/05/18 10:22 PM Re: OEM or AAP Timing Belt [Re: Gebo]
Tman220 Offline

Registered: 09/20/16
Posts: 153
Loc: MN
The belt that you would get from a parts store is probably of decent quality. The things you need to watch for are the hard parts like water pumps, idlers, tensioners. These are things that are just as critical as the belt itself, and usually the parts that are of poor or questionable quality from the parts store.

For the vehicles I have had with timing belts I prefer to get the Aisin branded kit through rock auto. These usually come with OEM quality water pumps, tensioners, etc The last Aisin kit I got came with a Mitsuboshi timing belt and the bearings in the tensioner were the same brand as the factory parts, and the Aisin water pump in my case was the factory part.
2012 Regal GS Turbo PP 5w30
1994 Camaro Z28 LT1 355 CI, 430 RWHP PP 5W30

#4806342 - 07/05/18 10:22 PM Re: OEM or AAP Timing Belt [Re: Gebo]
slacktide_bitog Offline

Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6350
Loc: USA
another vote for the Aisin kit. You get the actual OE parts thumbsup

#4806375 - 07/05/18 11:50 PM Re: OEM or AAP Timing Belt [Re: Gebo]
Pajero Offline

Registered: 05/05/12
Posts: 953
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Always remember "Planned obsolescence."

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#4806415 - 07/06/18 02:57 AM Re: OEM or AAP Timing Belt [Re: Gebo]
Kibitoshin Offline

Registered: 04/19/16
Posts: 708
Loc: Oahu, HI
I had to get an OEM belt after this happened with the original TB:

Most of the parts I bought from the auto parts store were OE equiv (Koyo pulleys, Aisin WP) but the Gates TB didn't have the timing marks on the belt so I got OEM which has the lines so I can get everything redialed.

Edited by Kibitoshin (07/06/18 02:57 AM)
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#4806428 - 07/06/18 05:04 AM Re: OEM or AAP Timing Belt [Re: Gebo]
dlundblad Offline

Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 10181
Loc: Indiana
Another vote for Aisin everything.

Rock Auto should have everything you need.
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#4806456 - 07/06/18 06:25 AM Re: OEM or AAP Timing Belt [Re: dlundblad]
Trav Offline

Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 19298
Loc: MA,
Originally Posted By: dlundblad
Another vote for Aisin everything.

Rock Auto should have everything you need.

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#4806576 - 07/06/18 08:51 AM Re: OEM or AAP Timing Belt [Re: Gebo]
Hot_Ajax Offline

Registered: 07/14/12
Posts: 144
Loc: Bucks County, PA
I used a Gates belt. It was good. And it lasted for a long time before I sold the car. Honda Accord

#4806578 - 07/06/18 08:51 AM Re: OEM or AAP Timing Belt [Re: Gebo]
andyd Online   content

Registered: 09/25/04
Posts: 7262
Loc: Marshfield , MA
Kibitoshin, Holy smoke! Was there much valve damage?
'16 Camry LE STP synth 0w20 and STP filter. the Fridge

1994 Ranger ,the Rat, 5w30 dino, STP filter

'16 Camry SE, Valvoline HM 0w20 and OEM filter
Thick oil is better grin2

#4806579 - 07/06/18 08:52 AM Re: OEM or AAP Timing Belt [Re: Gebo]
jeepman3071 Online   content

Registered: 04/15/10
Posts: 4308
Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
Timing belt is not something I would go cheap on.
2000 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L (180k) - Pennzoil 10w30, Napa Gold 1516, Magnefine trans filter
2009 BMW 328i (32k) - Castrol Edge Euro 0w40, MANN HU816X

#4806586 - 07/06/18 08:58 AM Re: OEM or AAP Timing Belt [Re: Gebo]
28oz Online   content

Registered: 04/20/17
Posts: 384
Loc: Utah, USA
1990 Nissan 300zx - Castrol Edge Euro 0W-40
2004 Nissan Quest - Pennzoil Platinum Euro 0W-40
2003 Ford Excursion 7.3 PSD - Mobil 1 TDT 5w-40

#4806742 - 07/06/18 11:55 AM Re: OEM or AAP Timing Belt [Re: Gebo]
Billy_D Offline

Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 1028
Loc: midwest
OEM all the way

#4806747 - 07/06/18 11:59 AM Re: OEM or AAP Timing Belt [Re: Gebo]
exranger06 Online   confused

Registered: 01/25/08
Posts: 3939
Loc: Guilford, CT
I opted for all OEM parts when I did the timing belt on my Accord last year.
2006 Ford Ranger Sport
1992 Honda Accord EX
2004 Honda CR-V LX
1994 Ford Bronco XLT (project)
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV (wife's)

#4806761 - 07/06/18 12:11 PM Re: OEM or AAP Timing Belt [Re: Gebo]
nthach Online   content

Registered: 01/02/04
Posts: 3977
Loc: California
OEM or OEM supplier like Aisin is the way to go, but I've used a Gates timing belt and component kit on a Subaru with no issues. This was before Gates started switching in Chinese tensioners and idlers. A timing belt is a timing belt in many cases and there was a Polish-made Goodyear Pd on an old Nissan my parents had. It worked just as well as the OEM Unitta that was there.

Supposedly Gates now has two levels - ones with the OEM-spec parts and without.

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