Question about 1992 Honda Civic
I know it isnt recommened to change this on your own unless you are a "pro" but with the labour costs I am going to have to give this a shot . I need STEP by STEP instruction on the process.
Please HELP !!
Your best bet for finding such information is on www.civicforums.com - it's an owner/enthusiast site that has a ton of technical know-how that is specific to the Civic. They have tech sections with step-by-step, photo-referenced procedures for a lot of work and I would not be surprised if they have information such as this. Also, pick up a Hayne's manual for your car (around $20 at a parts store) - their information is good and they have a lot of photos, plus all the torque specs you'll need. Just be sure to follow the instructions to the letter, especially when it comes to torquing down the cylinder head bolts - there's a specific pattern that you must follow.
It's definitely not a job for the faint of heart, but it can be done. You'll need a decent tool set (Sears has mechanic sets for around $100-150 that are more than enough, although you may find you need a specific specialty tool here or there that won't be included). You'll need a torque wrench as well - I got mine at Advance Auto Parts for $44 and it goes to 150 ft-lbs (more than enough for any bolt I've come across on a car). You also may find that a pair of steel ramps, to get the car's front end off the ground, are worth the $25 or so - it can save your back by bringing the engine up to you.
Remember though that when you remove the head, you have to remove the timing belt as well, and anytime you take a timing belt off, I'd highly recommend putting on a new belt and timing tensioner. If it's been awhile since the timing belt has been changed, or if you're approaching a 90k mile interval (90, 180, 270k, etc) you're due anyhow, so you should put in a new water pump, thermostat, and accessory belt(s) as well. There is a reason that the shops charge a lot - it's a lot of work, and if you are proactive with preventative maintenance (like doing the timing belt at the same time), it can cost even more.
Posted on Sep 24, 2008
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