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Old 13 Oct 2007, 09:09 am
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Default Should I replace my civic's timing belt?

I have a '96 Honda Civic hatchback cx which is a manual. To my knowledge, the timing belt has never been replaced. I asked my brother (he bought it used in '98) and he said he's never done it and I know I haven't in the two years I've had it. The car is up to 173,000+ miles. Should I get it done? How do I know when it needs to be done? How much will it be?
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 09:12 am
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I seriously would get it replaced as soon as possible because its past its time and could go any time now.
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 09:16 am
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it should be done at 100,000 miles and your way over that so if it snaps then u could have serious engine damage costing more than the car is worth
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 09:21 am
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I had a '94 civic. The owners manual said to replace it at 70K, and I had it done for about $400. I am not a mechanic by any stretch of the imagination, but if it was me, I'd get it done immediately. On some engines, and my '94 was one of them, failure of the belt could cause the pistons and valves to smash together, which could mean an engine rebuild or replacement. Very expensive.
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 09:24 am
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You're long overdue; the belt should be replaced at least once every 6 years or 90,000 miles on that vehicle. Cost will vary depending own your location; at the dealership I was at (left December 06), a timing belt package (water pump, camshaft and crankshaft, plus intermediate shaft seal and fan belts) was $525.00. When you have the timing belt replaced, replace all of the above due to the age and milage of the vehicle and doing it all at the same time will save money later as you won't have to take the timing belt off to replace one of those components. If the timing belt breaks before you replace it; you won't be happy about the expense, even if you have only a basic cx model. All rubber parts have a limited life; hoses and belts should be replaced between 6 - 10 years depending on environmental and driving conditions, regardless of milage. Of course, you should replace the timing belt sooner, if you drive the maximum milage recommendation before the time period is up. Not replacing the timing belt is false economy; you cannot predict when and where it will break. Have all the hoses checked as well when the timing belt is replaced; check the frnt exhaust manifold for cracks as they are known to fail also. Hope this helps, a car nut.
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 09:27 am
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Your driving on borrowed time, timing belts should be replaced at 60,000 miles. If the belt breaks it can cause damage to the valves, a engine turning with no timing, wham the piston hit the valves and bend them, and your lucky if this is all that happens.
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 09:30 am
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Replace it asap. It can be very costly if you don't, and you are way beyond the recommended mileage for getting it changed.
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 09:33 am
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yeah, listen to these guys. when pistons meet valves it is not pretty!!!
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