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HRX217 timing belt issues

I have been using hrx lawn mowers for most of 10 years now, no serious issues, normal maintenance. I run them to 6-700 hours and sell them and replace. Last fall when preparing my mower for storage, oil change and cleanup, I hit an issue. After finishing up I decided to stat the engine one last time. Engine started for maybe 2 seconds then I could not restart. Checked everything I could think of and found nothing. So I take it to the dealer. Im told the timing belt needs to be replaced.... at a cost of +$350. estimated. Wow this engine has only 140 hours on it. (I put hour meters on all my gear) This is virtually a new mower. I have yet to get the mower back so Im not sure of the exact cost of this repair. Is anyone else having trouble with honda timing belts? I really like honda mowers on my 6th HRX but this may move me to change over to another brand.

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Apparently timing belt is not a common problem...

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My boss had to have a timing belt put on his Honda mower couple years ago but it had more hours then that on it I think.

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I will let @[email protected] chime in on this but it's definitely not a common problem. As I understand, these belts are pretty much made to run the life of the machine.

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I have been using hrx lawn mowers for most of 10 years now, no serious issues, normal maintenance. I run them to 6-700 hours and sell them and replace. Last fall when preparing my mower for storage, oil change and cleanup, I hit an issue. After finishing up I decided to stat the engine one last time. Engine started for maybe 2 seconds then I could not restart. Checked everything I could think of and found nothing. So I take it to the dealer. Im told the timing belt needs to be replaced.... at a cost of +$350. estimated. Wow this engine has only 140 hours on it. (I put hour meters on all my gear) This is virtually a new mower. I have yet to get the mower back so Im not sure of the exact cost of this repair. Is anyone else having trouble with honda timing belts? I really like honda mowers on my 6th HRX but this may move me to change over to another brand.
A timing belt failure on a GCV engine is quite rare. Usually, the engine will wear out (piston rings, etc.) well before a belt will fail.

Might want to get a second opinion on this...$350 seems very steep to R&R a belt. You could probably find a entire new engine for that.

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A timing belt failure on a GCV engine is quite rare. Usually, the engine will wear out (piston rings, etc.) well before a belt will fail.

Might want to get a second opinion on this...$350 seems very steep to R&R a belt. You could probably find a entire new engine for that.
Thanks Robert. Yes its pretty steep repair. New mower run us $1150. here in Canada. Madness. At least its not something that happens a lot. I really lke the HRX mowers. Overall really low cost to maintain and work great for me. I have not heard from the dealer yet, left mower there in Nov. Have to call them soon. I dont think the belt broke, it simply rolled off the cam. I saw a video on you tube with a similar situation. The belt was able to be put back on and the time set without splitting the machine. I may try that route if they havent touched it yet.

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