94 Honda Civic EX how long do the timing belts normally last ?
Question: How difficult to replace timing belt ? Do you normally replace water pump at the same time ? Any other advice will be appreciated.
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It's not difficult if you have all the tools (changing the Clutch disc is much more difficult). I recommend getting a Honda Civic service manual (offical Honda) to get better details on what needs to be done. Generally, you'll need to lift the front left side of your car, secure it onto stands, and remove the wheel. Then you'll need to remove your power steering pump and alternator to remove the power steering belt and alternator belt (a/c pump and a/c belt if present) Then you can lift your engine valve cover slightly to remove the top timing belt cover. Then you'll need a 50mm crankpulley tool (with breaker bar) to adjust the marking on the camshaft pulley (top pulley) to top dead center (TDC). You'll also need it to hold that position while you use an air impact gun to remove the crankshaft (bottom pulley) pulley bolt. Once removed you can remove the crankshaft pulley and the bottom timing belt cover. By this time you'll have access to the timing belt, tensioner, and water pump. I paid about $30 for the timing belt, $50 for the tensioner, and $30 for the water pump from the local auto parts store. That was just $110 to change my timing belt, tensioner, and pump last week compared to $700+ shops/dealers charge. If you think this is alot of work to have to go through to get to the water pump, then you should replace your water pump as well. You might consider changing your timing belt tensioner also. Lining up all the markings when putting on your new timing belt is critical and so is getting the right tension on your timing belt and other belts; too tight can cause them to wear out faster while too loose is also obviously not good either. Good luck!
I doubt its your timing belt. Your timing belt has notches that can't slip, so you shouldn't hear a squeak. Maybe you're hearing the serpentine belt (the one you can see without taking the cover off). You can try belt dressing (buy it at your local auto parts store) and see if it helps. If its a loud squeal (not a squeak), you may have bad bearings in one of the accessories (alt, power steering pump, etc) or the tensioner/idler pulley. I'm not sure if your 2003 has a timing belt or chain, but my best guess is a timing belt. Check your owner's manual under the maintenance section (black edge of page in your manual) to see if you have any maintenance requirement for the timing belt. If you need to change the timing belt, also change the water pump. The cost of the parts aren't too high, but the labor cost is. You don't want to go back in just to change a water pump. Engine rocking is probably the engine mounts. If the engine mounts are damaged (broken or cracked) you need to change them. You will be able to rock the engine - you have liquid filled engine mounts - this is how your car reduces engine vibration.
For the best answers, search on this site https://shorturl.im/awNnQ Per page 196 of the owner's manual you should replace the timing belt every 110,000 miles or every 7 years whichever comes first. Honda dealers get $600 to $700 for this service. You can usually find an independent mechanic to do it for half that including a new water pump at the same time. I know someone in NE PA that gets $350. However, on page 233 of the owner's manual it says: Replace this belt at 60,000 miles (US) or 100,000 km (Canada) if you regularly drive your car in one or more of these conditions: In very high temperatures (over 110 degrees F,43 degrees C). In very low temperatures (under -20°F, -29°C).
No - actually your timing belt would normally be due about now (110K miles) so that may be what they are going by. Your next replacement should be at 261,000 km. Manual transmission oil can be replaced when you have the timing belt done the next time although there is no formal replacement schedule for manuals. If shifting gets balky, you can have the lube replaced (always with genuine Honda MTL). Nobody replaces clutch fluid; it could be done but there is no reason to believe it prolongs clutch cylinder life.
Should be changed at 90 K could last longer but why find out. Labor is same you change water pump at same time if pump seizes up your timing belt change is for not. Job is for serious do it your selfers. Could cost 700 at some garages.
Strange that dealers don't even know if the vehicle has a timing belt or not.If yes some makes recommend change at 60 000 km about 35 000 miles or each 4 years.
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