Question about 1993 Honda Civic 4 Door
Honda recommend timing belts are replaced every 5 years, or 60,000 miles (90,000 Kms), whichever ocours sooner.
Timing belts do not have any inbuilt indicators as to how "worn" they are, nor do they have any "health" indications as to how likely they are to break.
Timing belts can last for well beyond their quoted service life, however they also fail with no warning whatsoever. When they fail, the valves in the engine stop moving almost imeadiately, but the pistons keep moving. At least one piston will hit at least one valve and will do a lot of damage. Puting this sort of damage right to an engine in a car this old could easily cost more than the car's worth !
If it's more than 5 years since the belt was replaced, or you dont know when it was last repalced, I'd do it now. A small independant garage should do it for about £150 to 200 all in - if that seems a lot, rebuilding your engine, or buying a reconditioned one, would be at least £750.
Posted on Oct 06, 2009
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Just change it if you going to keep driving it.
The first component to remove is , go after the power steering pump /and motor mount ...
bring motor to TDC there is a mark on the crank shaft ..Wood ruff key(up)
also, the cam single or dual they have marks to the top . If your old belt is good, Than Great, just strip off timing belt covers 8mm and 10mm you can turn the motor on the crank shaft clockwise motion when facing the engine..
Posted on Nov 28, 2009
Samyfan has it right about belts going without warning, and in terms of the expense if the belt goes. You'd have to be VERY lucky to have it go and not do substantial damage. My honda manual (service) says 144000 KM or 90000 miles, but that is for a 93 Accord.
Posted on Oct 06, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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