Tuesday, October 25, 2011

When should i Change the timing belt on my Honda Accord?

Okay, I am in the markey to buy a 1998-2002 accord.

Of course the car will have upwards of 100,000 k on the odometer.

Should i get the timing belt and water pump changed if the owner did not?

Also, what else should i change while i do this?

Just the water pump and timing belt?
When should i Change the timing belt on my Honda Accord?
Most modern car motors today have 'overhead camshafts' that are driven by a 'cogged reinforced rubber belt'. These belts are designed to last between 80,000 and 120,000 miles on most cars. Over time the belts are stressed and the reinforcing plies and rubber weaken causing them to 'jump time' or suddenly break. Worst case, the motor is an 'interference' design in which case the piston contacts the valves and causes major damage.

Your engine is one of the 'interference' types. The cam belt, tensioners, water pump, serpentine belt and possibly the crank seal should be replaced.

Check the owners manual for scheduled maintenance and ask for service records. Any scheduled maintenance not verafiable should be a deduction in the sales price.
When should i Change the timing belt on my Honda Accord?
Okay, i like questions like this. I know the answer. :)

1) Yes.

The first thing you should do is change the TB/WP im on mobile phone. Most people dont, since it basically costs $500. But yes.

Change at same sime: O2 sensor and BELTA AND HOSES.

One more time. BELTS AND HOSES.

Flush radiator, new plugs, and you should be fine.

GOt $500? Do it. If not? Its a Honda. Works until it snaps and you are S-T-U-C-K...

PS: Timing belt takes the engine with it.
no if it works fine leave it alone the timing belt is very hard to do and if you don't know what you are doing can throw off the timing a lot and everything like your breaks and stuff wont work you should change the oils in it all of the oils and all the filters nothing elce
Well its a good preventative maintenance step. Timing belts should be repalces every 50000 to 70000 miles.... hopefully before they break.

And a complete tune up, fluid changes, service and inspection wouldn't hurt at all.
is water pump leaking coolant if not leave it alone is it running ok if so leave it alone why fix what is not broken but if your going to spend money on replacing timing belt sure get a new water pump while you got it took apart

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