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In this video come along as I replace the timing belt, water pump, idler and tensioner on this 2008 Honda Pilot with a "J35" engine. This application may apply to many Honda and Acura models with the J35 engine such as the Ridgeline Pilot and the Odyssey. Although there are slight differences I find they are all very similar.
Socket: Lisle 77080 - 19 mm Harmonic Balancer Socket
Pulley Holding Tool - Lisle 77260 - Honda/Acura Harmonic Balancer Pulley Damper Holding Tool
Reversible Ratchet with Adjustable Handle (Quick Release) - http://www.toptul.com/en/2-2179-58028/product/Reversible-Ratchet-with-Adjustable-Handle-Quick-Release-id325239.html
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49 thoughts on “Honda timing belt 3.5 j35 – pilot, odyssey, ridgeline”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jesse Vasquez says:

    Thank you sir for your video very helpful and very well explained you’re one of a a kind thanks again

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Provax says:

    Dude I really enjoy watching your videos. You do a great job explaining yourself. I wish you lived near me. Hard to find a good mechanic. Take care and have a great weekend.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Martin's MARTIN'S AUTO BODY AND REPAIRS says:

    I replace anything I can as well while I’m there except I use only Honda genuine parts

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rhoy Rondares says:

    did anyone told you that you look like tim duncan? nba player

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sjcst35 says:

    Your video saved me $1100 in labor, can’t say enough good things about your work.

    PS- my timing tensioner was blown out and clacking like crazy. Local mechanic said it was a rod knock and would be $5-6k for a motor. Sounds like a sewing machine now.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lala Jee says:

    Honda dealership charge me $1100. Just to replace a leaking tensioner.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars davesherman74 says:

    Thank you thank you for this video. I just did my 2015 Pilot, and I'm a timing belt noob. Found myself consulting parts of this video since the instructions that came with the kit weren't very good. The Lisle impact socket did wonders for getting my crank pulley bolt off. Wasn't sure my 450 ft lb air impact was going to have enough oomph even with this special socket, but it worked. I will say I envy being able to do it with a lift, I got pretty tired of having to switch between working from up above and crawling underneath with the creeper.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tightgame says:

    Hey Eric I've turned the crankshaft more times that I can count. Each time I get the Crank and Front Cam to TDC, the rear continues to be a tooth or so off. I've removed the spark plugs and have done the rotation with the timing belt still on. What does one have to do to get the rear cam aligned? Its a 2013 Honda Pilot btw.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Don Siebert says:

    Eric, what brand of belt and water pump do use you use ?

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Schreaders auto repair llc. says:

    Eric, there is a bulletin on this Odyssey for the aluminum engine mount and the idler pulley Clarence the spec is 95 mm if it is not 95 mm clearance you potentially can develop a slight squeak. Also there is a little shim that goes behind that idler. Probably already know about this because you are an awesome technician. Love your show!

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Woodmaster says:

    Good job, especially commentary and videography.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SarcASSticMOFO says:

    Did this to my wife's 2005 honda pilot in the driveway. Difficulty I would state 10 out of 5 had no power tools or air tools.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Payne says:

    Hi Eric, thanks for your show, I admire your hard work and how complete you do a job. I have purchased that special 19 mill socket and have a kobalt 1000 ft lb tourque impact air wrench, should that be powerful enough to remove the crank bolt on my 2011 ridgeline? Thanks

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rick Deckard says:

    From one arthritise sufferer to another it only gets worse brother.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keith A says:

    CAUTION: Do not purchase Honda timing belt kits from eBay or Amazon. The majority of timing belt kits on eBay and Amazon are counterfeit, even though the sellers often times have 95-100% feedback ratings. It is well known that these fake timing belt kit components fail quickly (belt, bearings, water pump, etc.). A simple GOOGLE search for "counterfeit Honda timing belt" will yield plenty of results.

    The fake components are very good copies, but upon close inspection and comparison to true OEM components you will see the differences. Honda forums are loaded with horror stories from using the counterfeit kits.

    If you want to save some money, Rock Auto has a quality timing belt kit by AISIN that is highly recommended on Honda forums.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars George thien says:

    Great job

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dalton Rubin says:

    Hey Mr. O! Thank you for posting this video! Acura quoted me $2,000 for a timing belt job on my TL. The kit only cost me $200 and a Saturday of my time. Thanks again!

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lawrence Cavens says:

    Hey Eric – The film turned out great – You do such a great job in sharing , it's always a pleasure to come and learn while you share.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brad Dawson says:

    I wanted to see if this job was a PITA or a HUGE PITA.. Its definitely a HUGE PITA! Thanks for the info!

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars B Tsuyuki says:

    THis is great video on how to replace the timing belt at 100k,,but there is also another thing that needs to be replaced,,,the oil pump o-ring seals. These also fail at about 100k. Also the o-ring seal for the oil filter adapter. These are cheap parts, but can cause a repeat timing belt job when the oil leaks on the new timing belt.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keith Falconi says:

    I hate, loath, despise motor mounts. That is all.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Charles Tarr says:

    Thanks! I’ve done two timing belts but years in between and I saw a used ridge line and knew it had an interference engine and am considering buying it so I can be laughed at for driving a white collar pickup. Maybe not, on 2nd thought. This last winter made my 2001 Tacoma almost as ugly as I am.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars neville says:

    I had a 2003 Honda CRV with a 2.0L IVTEC which I thought was similar to a Pilot. I asked my garage to replace the timing belt. Both they and I was surprised when I had a phone call later uthat day to tell me that it had a timing chain.

    How is it that the US Pilot has a timing belt? Isn't it a 2.0L IVTEC? It was a brilliant car I only had to change the knock sensor (difficult to get at).

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brad Burkhalter says:

    Eric, thanks for what you do, great expertise and knowledge. Hopefully it will help some of the young people become interested in mechanics. It’s really a wonderful field.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars redneck rules says:

    Standard 19 mm 🤔

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 5.7 Dave says:

    Timing belts are the hardest things but for me a serpentine belt is harder than a timing belt it only took like a couple of sailor mouths to get it on

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Great work As always Eric O good Repair @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    This Honda Timing Belt Job is alot like Most Older Generation Toyotas Pretty simple easy Job just take your time and be careful and check everything before ya close her up Eric O @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dezwez Derek says:

    great video thanks

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Noah Kuzel says:

    You have my sympathy. The J35 engine is of horrible note. Everything on the back side of the engine is guaranteed to fall behind it and land in this one spot that is damn near impossible to get at. The heads get pulled with the catalytic converters still attached, and great care has to be taken when lowering them into place. You have one spot, and one spot alone to get the back converter down and into the hole before you can slide the whole thing left or right enough for it to land on the dowl pins. Garbage, just garbage I say.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul DiGiorgio says:

    Great job I've done that before so new what u was doing didn't need to see it all but still love watching
    Thank you

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars robert rosenheim says:

    Great vids…keep up the good work!

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kvo stava says:

    How long the Aisin kit has lasted after you installed it ?

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joseph Greenberg says:

    What's the cost for a job like this seems like so much work?

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars So What says:

    Yep, I'm definitely paying to have mine done. Thanks for the video.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Ploeser says:

    Good old 'MURPHY'S LAW' and Murphy was an Optimist!

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Subbir Rahman says:

    Thanks man. You saved at least 1500 bucks for me. 🙂

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TeamLatu 2009 says:

    Wow. I will never complain about paying a bill for a timing belt replacement.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mariam Eltassi says:

    Where did you order the parts from

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rob Roberts says:

    early Eric O. Good Times.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alvin’s Bees says:

    Thanks for the well produced video. Just had to the same work on my 03 pilot. Now I have crankshaft hold down tool that I will probably never need again.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe Asbury says:

    I tried everything to get that balancer bolt off before I saw a video on that socket. Its slicker than snail snot!

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Martin Blank says:

    Wow Eric – a perfect combination of audio and visual content. Thanks for the inspiration and the overall outstanding presentation!! Thanks!

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Yoyoma Mamma says:

    Man I like watching your vids, what a pro at everything you do and how you explain things

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kyle N. says:

    Is this your first time? You fight everything taking parts off then you remove the parts you fought to go around later. I do these in an hour and a half 😂🤦‍♂️

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gene Williams says:

    Eric can work on my car anytime. 🙂

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Levie Yabes says:

    Thanks bro Eric this video made help us most to my Honda Pilot 2017? I Will change my timing belt this summer. My Mileage is now 123663 is that good enough now for me to change the belt timing now?

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric Smith says:

    Outstanding video ! Thank you 💪🤙

  49. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Barnaby Tack says:

    Wow I spent 2 hours to get that pulley bolt out at home with crappy tools. I had to cobble a 6' breaker bar and then stand on it. When it came loose it sounded like a gun shot. Eric removed it in 3 seconds with his uranium socket.

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