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Timing belt After how many kilometers does a timing belt needed to be replaced? My car is a 93 Honda Civic ESi. Are there indications on the belt that tells me that it already needs replacement?

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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.

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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..

  1. remove all drive belts
  2. timing covers and front motor mount
  3. line up timing marks remove belt and tensioner at Top dead Center
  4. when putting on new one install
  5. sliding belt on top right cam and bottom crank shaft
  6. working the belt on also, a clock wise motion.
  7. becareful moving cams they will spin sometimes
  8. add tensioner making sure each pulley is at the top tdc marks
  9. turn by had crank shaft and breaker bar manually a few revoloutions liosten for valve clearence
  10. then start motor

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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.

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