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Old 16 Mar 2011, 05:46 am
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Default 98 Honda Civic EX Timing Belt?

I just bought this car, The transmission fluid is very light brown, I'm guessing it's because it has 175,000KM on it, Google brings up Light Brown with no burnt smell is a very good sign, because the fluid is old, it just changed color cause of usual wear.

Now my Timing Belt has never been replaced, I'm at 175,000KM but I'm low on money, do you Think I can drive to 180,000KM without the belt snapping? I'll be able to replace it probably even sooner then that, as I don't do a lot of driving, but just seeing if you guys think that extra few thousand KM will do anything.

I don't have maintenance record, but My guess is the vehicle was well taken care of, rust proofed, no rust on the body, brand new catalytic converter etc..
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Old 16 Mar 2011, 06:01 am
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If it has not had the timing belt replaced it is already well overdue for one (90,000 mile (~150KM) intervals or every 72 months) This is an interference engine (meaning the valves can hit the pistons if the timing jumps) so if it breaks be prepared for a rather large repair bill. I recommend having it inspected for wear at the very least

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Old 16 Mar 2011, 06:16 am
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Belts are usually 60 to 75 said well taked care of but they never serviced tranny or timing belt? Its a 1500.oo car at best and timing belt and propper tranny service gonna run ya at least 500.......
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Old 16 Mar 2011, 06:31 am
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In a 13 year old car I would not put it off any longer. Timing belts are rubber parts and age is at least as important as mileage. If the belt fails the engine may not be worth repairing.
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Old 16 Mar 2011, 06:46 am
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Unfortunately there's no way of knowing, just depends on the quality of the one on there. It could snap in the next couple kilometers, the next hundred, or even a thousand. Maybe it will even go on for another 20,000 km. All you can do is take the timing belt cover off and hand crank the engine (counter-clockwise) and look for any obvious signs of wear on the belt and missing teeth.

It's more of a question of, are you willing to risk it?

A cheaper timing belt replacement, or an entire engine overhaul with a more likely chance of an entire new engine all over a $40 belt.
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