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Old 08 Dec 2004, 10:23 pm
Jason
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Default Changing Timing Belt on Honda Civic !!!

Hello!

I have a 98 Honda Civic DX Hatchback. It has 97k on it right now. Many of my
friends are telling me that i should get the timing belt changed.

If I do, how much would it cost approximately? And is it true in the same
time I should get also the water pump replaced because it's nearby the
timing belt? I just bought some new winter tires and would like any advice
on what I should do right now?

Can I wait until spring time before changing the timing belt? Ok, and the
timing belt: how much? how many hours for the labour?

Thanks to all responses!

Jay


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Old 08 Dec 2004, 11:31 pm
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Default Re: Changing Timing Belt on Honda Civic !!!

Jason wrote:
> Hello!
>
> I have a 98 Honda Civic DX Hatchback. It has 97k on it right now. Many of my
> friends are telling me that i should get the timing belt changed.
>
> If I do, how much would it cost approximately? And is it true in the same
> time I should get also the water pump replaced because it's nearby the
> timing belt? I just bought some new winter tires and would like any advice
> on what I should do right now?
>
> Can I wait until spring time before changing the timing belt? Ok, and the
> timing belt: how much? how many hours for the labour?
>
> Thanks to all responses!
>
> Jay


=======================

You're the only one who can say, since you know where you live, and
whether you qualify as a 'regular' service (Vancouver, garaged) or a
'severe' service schedule user (Winnipeg, no plug-in). You also have
access to the exact date the car went into use.

You're probably due, just based on age, but if it's been pampered /
highway driven / kept in a warm climate, you might push the limits a bit.

You should also mention whether you're talking Km or MILES.

'Curly'

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Old 09 Dec 2004, 12:16 am
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Default Re: Changing Timing Belt on Honda Civic !!!

Jason wrote:

> Hello!
>
> I have a 98 Honda Civic DX Hatchback. It has 97k on it right now. Many of my
> friends are telling me that i should get the timing belt changed.


@108k, IIRC.
>
> If I do, how much would it cost approximately? And is it true in the same
> time I should get also the water pump replaced because it's nearby the
> timing belt? I just bought some new winter tires and would like any advice
> on what I should do right now?


id put it off til spring.
>
> Can I wait until spring time before changing the timing belt? Ok, and the
> timing belt: how much? how many hours for the labour?


if i pay to have it done, im expecting about $600, total. just a wild
ass guess.
>
> Thanks to all responses!
>
> Jay
>
>

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Old 09 Dec 2004, 02:58 am
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Default Re: Changing Timing Belt on Honda Civic !!!

I have heard that as a rule, you have to change your timing belt around or
every 75k miles!..

And that once you're doing it, it will also be convenient for you to change
the oil seals and the water pump!..It's better pto have a peace of mind than
beeing worried about if that problem will leave you stranded!..

"Jason" <bluebook@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
news:QqQtd.39040$l%5.1436044@news20.bellglobal.com ...
> Hello!
>
> I have a 98 Honda Civic DX Hatchback. It has 97k on it right now. Many of

my
> friends are telling me that i should get the timing belt changed.
>
> If I do, how much would it cost approximately? And is it true in the same
> time I should get also the water pump replaced because it's nearby the
> timing belt? I just bought some new winter tires and would like any advice
> on what I should do right now?
>
> Can I wait until spring time before changing the timing belt? Ok, and the
> timing belt: how much? how many hours for the labour?
>
> Thanks to all responses!
>
> Jay
>
>
>




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Old 09 Dec 2004, 03:27 am
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Default Re: Changing Timing Belt on Honda Civic !!!

I didn't change the water pump on my last timing belt change at 90k miles. I
need to change the timing belt again in 3k miles. I don't plan on changing the
water pump at this time either.

Jason wrote:

> Hello!
>
> I have a 98 Honda Civic DX Hatchback. It has 97k on it right now. Many of my
> friends are telling me that i should get the timing belt changed.
>
> If I do, how much would it cost approximately? And is it true in the same
> time I should get also the water pump replaced because it's nearby the
> timing belt? I just bought some new winter tires and would like any advice
> on what I should do right now?
>
> Can I wait until spring time before changing the timing belt? Ok, and the
> timing belt: how much? how many hours for the labour?
>
> Thanks to all responses!
>
> Jay


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Old 09 Dec 2004, 10:15 am
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That's very smart! ... you are saving how much???

"Sean Dinh" <"seanny"@dinh@znet.com> wrote in message
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>I didn't change the water pump on my last timing belt change at 90k miles.
>I
> need to change the timing belt again in 3k miles. I don't plan on changing
> the
> water pump at this time either.
>
> Jason wrote:
>
>> Hello!
>>
>> I have a 98 Honda Civic DX Hatchback. It has 97k on it right now. Many of
>> my
>> friends are telling me that i should get the timing belt changed.
>>
>> If I do, how much would it cost approximately? And is it true in the same
>> time I should get also the water pump replaced because it's nearby the
>> timing belt? I just bought some new winter tires and would like any
>> advice
>> on what I should do right now?
>>
>> Can I wait until spring time before changing the timing belt? Ok, and the
>> timing belt: how much? how many hours for the labour?
>>
>> Thanks to all responses!
>>
>> Jay

>



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Old 09 Dec 2004, 03:55 pm
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Default Re: Changing Timing Belt on Honda Civic !!!

I saved some labor...and waste materials to the dump... and energy the
manufacturer spent on making it... and fuel transporting it... and some $$. Why
replace it when it works well?

Albert wrote:

> That's very smart! ... you are saving how much???


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Old 09 Dec 2004, 08:29 pm
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Default Re: Changing Timing Belt on Honda Civic !!!

Sean Dinh wrote:

> I saved some labor...and waste materials to the dump... and energy the
> manufacturer spent on making it... and fuel transporting it... and some $$. Why
> replace it when it works well?


if it stops working well suddenly, youll need a new top end. i can see
your point, though. dont the pumps leak or squeak before they fail?
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Old 09 Dec 2004, 10:28 pm
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Default Re: Changing Timing Belt on Honda Civic !!!

75K is a new number. Where did you hear that?

On 12/9/04 2:58 AM, in article 10rg4tkf2555n3d@corp.supernews.com,
"Gershund" <gershund00@usa.com> wrote:

> I have heard that as a rule, you have to change your timing belt around or
> every 75k miles!..
>
> And that once you're doing it, it will also be convenient for you to change
> the oil seals and the water pump!..It's better pto have a peace of mind than
> beeing worried about if that problem will leave you stranded!..
>
> "Jason" <bluebook@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
> news:QqQtd.39040$l%5.1436044@news20.bellglobal.com ...
>> Hello!
>>
>> I have a 98 Honda Civic DX Hatchback. It has 97k on it right now. Many of

> my
>> friends are telling me that i should get the timing belt changed.
>>
>> If I do, how much would it cost approximately? And is it true in the same
>> time I should get also the water pump replaced because it's nearby the
>> timing belt? I just bought some new winter tires and would like any advice
>> on what I should do right now?
>>
>> Can I wait until spring time before changing the timing belt? Ok, and the
>> timing belt: how much? how many hours for the labour?
>>
>> Thanks to all responses!
>>
>> Jay
>>
>>
>>

>
>
>


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Old 10 Dec 2004, 01:46 am
Sean Dinh
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Default Re: Changing Timing Belt on Honda Civic !!!

One failure mode is jammed pump. This is catastrophic. It would damage the timing
belt.

The other mode is leakage. Since the water pump has built-in seep hole, occasional
drops won't be considered failure. If it drips continuously, I would consider that a
failure.

I've seen one picture of a water pump with fully corroded propellers. I still don't
know what that person put into his engine to get those stainless steel props to
corrode like that.

My point is that I won't consciously recommend someone to spend extra money to
replace the water pump because of myth surrounding frequent pump failure. My car is a
92 Civic. It still has original water pump, and possibly original coolant. There is
no seepage of coolant from the water pump atm. There is no whining, nor overheating.
I don't consider replacing it as a preventative maintenance. I might remove it and
take a few pictures in a few months, and then put it back with a new gasket.

SoCalMike wrote:

> if it stops working well suddenly, youll need a new top end. i can see
> your point, though. dont the pumps leak or squeak before they fail?


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