Timing Belt


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Old 08-14-07, 06:49 PM
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Timing Belt

I have a '97 Accord LX 4 cyl. My timing belt is very cracked on the BACK of the teeth...so I think it's time for a new belt.

Can someone give me insights into the difficulty, time, skill, and special tools needed for a timing belt change? I really really really need some advice to figure out if this is something I can do in my modest garage. I have the factory service manual and a reasonable assortment of tools.
 
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Old 08-14-07, 07:24 PM
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Do you mean the serpentine belt?
 
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Old 08-14-07, 07:26 PM
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No, the timing belt. I am doing a valve adjustment tomorrow, so tonight I inspected the belt. It has pretty deep cracks along the back of the belt, but the cogs look fine.

The service manual doesn't make the timing belt change look like any big deal, other than using a jack to support the engine...etc. So I need somebody to talk me out of this if I'm going to get into a real mess. Thanks.
 
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Old 08-14-07, 07:29 PM
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Ok, had to make sure.

I have never personally changed one, but I do know it's recommended you change the water pump out at the same time.

If you have the FSM, you should be good to go, but hang on and wait for some tips.
 
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Old 08-14-07, 08:44 PM
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It's shouldn't be that difficult, I've never replaced one on an Accord but I have change the belt on my Integra which has dual overhead cam. The hardest part was making a tool that holds the main pulley while you remove or tighten the pulley bolt. And do replace the water pump and check the cam seal it's easy to replace.
 
 

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