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Old 29 Oct 2008, 07:01 pm
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Default Anyone Ever Done A Timing Belt In A Honda Civic? How Fun Is It? Any Info?

Well after fixing up my Chevelle from scratch and a couple grand later, time to fix up my daily driver with the timing belt and some other minor stuff.I have knowledge of cars and I have done timing chains but never have done a belt in a Civic.1990 Honda Civic LX. Any suggestions you can provide, or how long you think it'll take? ThanksOh yeah, the Chevelle was easy. Remove water pump, fans, hoses, belts, take off the balancer, remove the timing gear and then take off the cam sprocket with the chain and then the crank sprocket, then intsall the crank back in and then the chain and cam and torque and reverse and so on and so fourth. Pretty easy but my Civic is driven daily and needs to get this done soon before it snaps and causes bad problems so that's why I'm just looking for some info. Thanks again
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Old 29 Oct 2008, 07:16 pm
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Hondas are really easy to do timing belts on. Just make sure that all your timing marks a lines up. I can't remember on the LX model, but you may also have a balance shaft belt. You should replace that as well since you are in there. Also, the water pump is in there as well. If you have a lot of miles on the car, might want to do that as well. Finally, I would go to NAPA and get their timing component kit. This has both belts, and the idler and tensioner pulleys. Like I said before, your there, might as well replace the things, so you don't have to do the job twice.
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Old 29 Oct 2008, 07:31 pm
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Well Ive never done a belt in a Honda either myself, but from what ive heard its no walk in the park and you might as well do the water pump at the same time because its in there too. I guarantee that the Chevelle one was easier, but with a little patience and a repair manual from a parts store, you should do fine- just remember take your time to make sure you have everything right.
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Old 29 Oct 2008, 07:46 pm
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its not too bad...be ready for any normal delays thanks to having an 18 year old car...but other then that its not too bad...seized bolts suck tho...u may need to torch off some bolts...had that experience when i helped my buddy take apart the whole drive belt system in his 93' civic
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Old 29 Oct 2008, 08:01 pm
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theres a video of a guy changing a timing belt on a honda civic here, ill give you the links for all the parts of the video...this is part one- 2- should help, he tells u how to change the timing belt and the water pump on a 2001 civic, engines should be pretty close to the same.hope this helps!good luck!
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Old 29 Oct 2008, 08:16 pm
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pretty easy for a newb reserve a day for the first time replace all components you may need a special tool to hold the crank to remove the balancer bolt good luck napa kit comes with an instruction kit that is pretty thorough
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