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Old 25 Jun 2008, 11:31 pm
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i just bought a 98 civic ex with 123k miles and the girl i bought it from isnt sure if she ever replaced the timing belt but she says she takes it into a honda mechanic to get anything necesarry done. i called the guy and he said she does take it in all the time but he doesnt remember if he changed the timing belt either. Is it possible for one to even last that long? and are there any ways to tell when one is getting too old like would the engine make a noise or something?she did tell me she swapped a new engine in about 20k miles ago...so id assume the new engine would have its own timing belt they wouldnt put the old one back in right?
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Old 25 Jun 2008, 11:46 pm
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The civic timing belt job is very affordable. You should just do it. Otherwise you are risking serious engine damage.Besides I think she would have remembered a $400 repair bill.Good Luck...
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Old 26 Jun 2008, 12:01 am
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When they let go, they do it without warning, and you won't like the result. I'm still driving my '89 Accord. Recommended replacement of the belt is 90K, and I had it done even though the car ran perfect. This girl's mechanic can easily look up the previous repair history for this car for everything he's done to it, but I wouldn't expect him to state for a certainty that the belt was replaced, because then there's no chance for him to sell you one. You can try taking the car to another shop and see if they can tell if the belt has ever been replaced, but I'd just drive it and see what happens. Is it worth investing $500 you aren't sure you need to to protect against a $2000 replacement motor?
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Old 26 Jun 2008, 12:16 am
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Well that timeing belt is very easy to get and yes it may last the engine life of the car...as far as timing is concerned there is very little indication it is a small belt or chain Im not to familiar with jap cars...dont worry a simplt timing light rental fireing order etc. will fix it. Honda last forever.
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Old 26 Jun 2008, 12:31 am
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They can last that long BUT there is no guarantee that they won't break the next time you start it. And basically there is no way to tell if it is new or old. I have changed my belts for my other car (recommended at 60,000Km) at 100K Km. The belt looks perfectly fine but there is no way to tell when it is gonna "blow".....so for the $30. (parts)and a couple of hours, I do it. Never had a problem (4 belts thru) No noise, it snaps like a rubber band would.ALL OF A SUDDEN then damage happens because the car was either running, or you were trying to start it.
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Old 26 Jun 2008, 12:46 am
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i would go ahead and have it done... the girl would -definitely- remember that $550 bill.i -just- had my timing belt done on my 1998 honda civic lx with 113k miles. i had it done at the dealership, and it was $550.better safe than sorry!that being said, -dont- take it to the dealership that she has been using, because the service guy there should be able to check her records. it sounds like hes just trying to drum up business.
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Old 26 Jun 2008, 01:01 am
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On used Hondas, unless you have paperwork to show a recent belt change, replace it.Honda Civics have interference engines, that means that if the belt breaks your pistons and valves are gonna get real friendly with each other.The timing belt usually gives no warning whatsoever before it breaks.At 123k the car is probably right at the time to change it out.The repair bill for a new belt is a whole lot less than another head or entire engine replacement.If you or a family member or friend is a decent mechanic then the job can be done for $100 in parts or less.I did mine in the backyard 2 years ago while replacing the water pump, it cost me $60 in parts and has run 30,000 miles without a peep so far.
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Old 26 Jun 2008, 02:07 pm
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Default Re: timing belt on civic?

I have a 88 civic had one break and had no problems. After that had the idler pully bolt break and still had no problems. A year after the install of the timing belt it broke. Did not last that long. Put a new one in timed it and no problems.

However I do not think a civic engine is a interference engine. Maybe it depends on the engine but it looks to me when I had the whole engine apart on my 88 civic that every part will clear if the timing belt was to go. But then again it might have all to do with the engine you have in your car.

Other than that it is a easy job especially on a honda. Pleanty of room to work around I know on my 88 there is. You might have to remove a engine mount but really no big problem. Just be sure you have the engine supported.
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