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Old 13 Apr 2010, 10:01 pm
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Default How much would it cost to fix the crank on my 93 civic? Help please?

Just got a 93 Honda Civic DX. The guy I bought it from told me that the altenator was what was ticking because a bearing went out. I made him take the belt off and when the ticking stopped, I believed him. So anyways, now that I have put a new altenator in, and the ticking hasn't stopped, I further inspected it. The crank (the part on the motor that the belt is attached to) wiggles, and I know that's not right. So what could overall be the problem? Help would be very apperciated.
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Old 13 Apr 2010, 10:16 pm
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sounds like you bought a lemon. idk wat to tell you, but if the crank is broken or needs to be replaced, it might cost more than the car's worth to fix (tearing apart an engine ain't cheap).































sorry to hear that
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Old 13 Apr 2010, 10:31 pm
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Tearing apart a engine isnt cheap at all. But those old Honda engines are pretty cheap. Try looking up the price for a slightly used engine.
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Old 13 Apr 2010, 10:46 pm
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You should stop driving the car right now! I had this problem (caused by a bad mechanic - me) on my 95 civic DX.































The good news is that the crank and engine are almost certainly fine - I'm not worried about it at all because it is running and I'm pretty sure I know what the problem is.































The crankshaft pulley that drives all the belts has shaved the locking key that holds it in place. It is held on by a big bolt that is very very tight, so it has been still working up until now, but it has been turning on the crankshaft a little. That has been causing the ticking sound. It has been going on long enough that the inside of the Pulley has worn down and now it wobbles. If you let it go like I did pretty soon the belts will start making all kinds of noise and will hit into the timing belt cover making even more noise.































So unless you are both very handy with mechanics and have a 19mm half inch drive socket and either a very good impact gun, or are comfortably using a big breaker bar on you socket you need to take it to a mechanic.































The mechanic will have to replace the crankshaft pulley and the key. You'll be looking at $100 for the pulley and $5 for the key and about 1/2 to 1 hour labor at local rates.































Fortunately, by design the pulley is made of softer metal than the crank so you probably haven't damaged the crank.
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