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Old 05-05-2003, 09:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What are the symptoms of a bad timing belt?

What are the symptoms of a bad timing belt? Not a broken one, but one that's due for a changing? Other than visual cues (cracking in the belt and what not) what does it do?

My engine runs rough as of late, sort of sounds like diesel, sort of gurgly. I checked the timing just on the cams, and they still line up correctly. It sounds like it has a little bit of valve tap, but I just adjusted them and I put them .001" below factory specs. power seems good, but the low end has maybe lost a little.

thing is, there is a slight knock at startup. just like one or two knocks, then goes away. only does it on the first start of the day, then never again. I just don't want to pay like $600 for a timing belt just to have it not be the cause.

so what does a stretched timing belt do?
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A stretched timing belt wouldn't do anything. People have had theirs skip 2 or 3 teeth with no engine damage, i doubt a timing belt could stretch anywhere near that without breaking.

How many miles on your car? There's no other way to tell when its due for change other than the mileage on the car or visible damage to the belt.
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It wouldn't have a bad idle?
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The belt itself is very strong in that it won't stretch much at all. When they skip is usually because the tensioner has allowed the belt to get loose and skip a tooth.

There are generally no symptoms of a failing belt. Only when it fails. Just change them according to manufacturer recomendations and you'll be fine, be sure to use Genuine Honda belt, for this sort of thing, factory is best.

As for your problem, you have to determine where the noise is coming from first. ie top, bottom.

Gurgly sound? Maybe exhaust leakage?
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Not to come across like an idiot (too late! huh :P) But when exactly is it best to get your timing belt changed?


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the way i heard it stated, you should be changing timing belts very 60K miles.
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Old 05-05-2003, 11:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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whoa... I think mines over by 12k!

better get the thing looked at ASAP!!!

Thanks again guys.
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84 months or 105k is the recommended timing belt change interval in the owners manual.
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To inspect the belt remove the valve cover. If there are cracks along the side or on top then replace it as soon as possible.
Otherwise replace it anywhere around 80k-90k miles.
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also check the teeth. if they are showing signs of wear then it is time to have it replaced. And just to ease the pain a little, it won't cost you 600 to have it replaced. It costs ~300 to have it done at the dealer i work at.

and like everyone else said, there's no symptoms of an old belt. It just snaps one day. and then you have to tow it and find out that it bent some valves and spend 2 months fixing it.
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