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Hi Mountean, I'm glad to help. If you are referring to the hydraulic tensioner then here's how to reset the tensioner before installing. first, on the end of the tension you'll notice a hole, as well as on the pin coming out of the tensioner. These two holes are to hole the tensioner in the locked position. Here's how to set it, put the tensioner in a vise and press it until both of the holes line-up, then you'll need a lock pin to hold it. You push this pin through both holes to lock it. Then you put it on the engine and tighten it down with all your timing in place, then pull the pin out and it will tension your belt properly. Hope this helps and have an awesome day Mountean.
Fig. 10: On all engines except VTEC, the belt adjuster arm must be locked in place using one of the lower cover mounting bolts
NOTE: There are two belts in this system; the one running to the camshaft pulley is the timing belt. The other, shorter one drives the balance shaft and is referred to as the balancer belt or timing balancer belt. Use a piece of chalk or a marker to place an identifying arrow on the belts. The arrow can identify the direction of rotation or the outer edge of the belts. The belts must be reinstalled so it moves in the same direction. Protect the belts from oil, coolant, etc. It's an even better idea to replace the belts at this point.
Loosen the timing belt adjustment nut. Push on the tensioner to relieve tension from the balancer belt, then tighten the nut. Remove the balancer belt.
On all models except Prelude with VTEC, loosen the lockbolt installed earlier and the adjusting nut. Push on the tensioner to release the timing belt, then tighten the nut. Carefully remove the timing belt. On Prelude VTEC models, remove the timing belt from the pulleys, then remove the bolts securing the auto-tensioner. Remove the auto-tensioner from the engine.
Check the position of the timing marks. The timing pointer must be perfectly aligned with the TDC (white mark) on the flywheel or flex-plate; the camshaft pulley must be aligned so that the word UP is at the top of the pulley and the marks on the edge of the pulley are aligned with the surfaces of the head. Additionally, the face of the front timing balancer pulley has a mark which must be aligned with the notch on the oil pump body. This pulley is the one to the left crank when viewed from the pulley end.
Fit the timing belt over the pulleys and tensioner. On DOHC engines without VTEC, remove the 5mm pin punches from behind the cam pulleys.
Except Prelude VTEC models:
Temporarily install the crank pulley and bolt.
Loosen the tensioner adjusting nut 1 turn, then tighten it. Rotate the crankshaft counterclockwise until the camshaft pulley has moved 3 teeth to create tension on the belt. Loosen the nut again, then tighten it to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
NOTE: Always rotate the crankshaft counterclockwise when viewed from the pulley end. Rotating it clockwise will cause improper adjustment and possible damage.
Tighten the lockbolt installed earlier to lock the timing belt adjuster arm. Remove the crank pulley.
On Prelude VTEC models:
Hold the auto-tensioner with the maintenance bolt facing up. Loosen and remove the bolt.
NOTE: Handle the tensioner carefully so the oil inside does not spill or leak. Replenish with clean engine oil if any does leak. Total capacity is 1⁄4 fl. oz. (8 ml).
Clamp the mounting flange of the tensioner in a vise using a cloth or blocks of wood to protect it. Insert a flat blade screwdriver into the maintenance hole. Place the stopper (tool number 14540-P13-003) or an equivalent clamp on the tensioner, then turn the screwdriver clockwise to compress the bottom. Be careful not to damage the threads or the gasket contact surface.
Install the maintenance bolt on the tensioner with a new gasket. Tighten to 6 ft. lbs. (8 Nm).
Make sure no oil is leaking from around the maintenance bolt, then install the tensioner on the engine. Make sure the stopper stays in place and tighten the bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
Remove the stopper.
Fig. 11: On VTEC engines, the tensioner must be compressed before installing it on the engine
Fig. 12: Remove the stopper after installing the tensioner on the engine
Make sure all timing marks are positioned correctly (as described earlier).
Align the rear timing balancer pulley (to the right of the crank pulley) using a 6x100mm bolt or rod. Mark the bolt or rod at a point 2.913 in. (74mm) from the end. Remove the bolt from the maintenance hole on the side of the block; insert the rod into the hole. Align the 74mm mark with the face of the hole. This pin will hold the shaft in place during installation.
Loosen the tensioner adjusting nut and verify that the timing balancer belt adjuster moves freely.
Fig. 13: The balancer shaft must be held in position during timing belt installation
Fit the balancer belt over the pulleys. Remove the bolt or rod from the maintenance hole.
Temporarily install the crank pulley. Rotate the engine one turn counterclockwise, then tighten the tensioner adjusting nut to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm). Double check the positions of the timing marks and make sure they still line up. If not remove the belts and repeat the procedures.
NOTE: Both belt adjusters are spring-loaded to properly tension the belts. Do not apply any additional pressure to the pulleys or tensioners while performing the adjustment.
Remove the crank pulley. Remove the lockbolt installed earlier on the timing belt adjuster arm. Install the maintenance bolt with a new washer. Tighten it to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
Install the lower cover, making certain the rubber seals are in place and correctly located. Tighten the retaining bolts to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
If applicable, raise the lower beam and engine into place. Install the rear bolts for the lower beam. Tighten them to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm) on 1990–91 Accords, 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm) on 1992–95 Accords and 43 ft. lbs. (60 Nm) on 1992–95 Preludes.
Install the key on the crankshaft and install the crankshaft pulley. Apply oil to the bolt threads and tighten it to the following:
1990 Accord: 166 ft. lbs. (230 Nm)
1991–93 Accord: 159 ft. lbs. (220 Nm)
1992–93 Prelude: 159 ft. lbs. (220 Nm)
1994–95 Accord and Prelude: 181 ft. lbs. (245 Nm)
Install the dipstick tube and dipstick.
Install the side engine mount (refer to engine removal and installation for procedures). Remove the jack from under the engine.
Install the upper belt cover.
Install the side engine mount support bracket if it was removed.
Install the valve cover.
Install the compressor and/or alternator drive belt; adjust the tension.
Route the wiring harness over the valve cover and connect the wiring to the alternator.
Install the power steering pump and install the belt.
Reinstall the cruise control actuator. Connect the vacuum hose and the electrical connector.
Double check all installation items, paying particular attention to loose hoses or hanging wires, untightened nuts, poor routing of hoses and wires (too tight or rubbing) and tools left in the engine area.
Refill the engine coolant.
Install the splash shield under the engine.
Connect the negative battery cable.
Start the engine, allowing it to idle. Check for any signs of leakage or any sound of the belts rubbing or binding.
I JUST HAD TO REPLACE MY 97 EAGLE TALON BELTS AND THE TENSIONER BOLT TO TIGHTEN YOUR BELT IS UNDER THE POWER STEERING PUMP THE BELT WRAPS AROUND THE BELT TENSIONER FROM THE BACK PART OF BELT THATS HOW YOU KNOW IF ITS THE TENSIONER THERE IS A BOLT ON IT THAT WHEN YOU SCREW IN IT TIGHTENS BELT AND OUT LOOSENS IT. MY BELT TENSIONER BOLT BROKE WHEN I WAS TURNING IT SO ANOTHER THING YOU CAN DO IF YOURS DONT WORK AS A TEMPORARY SOLUTION IS LOOSEN THE BOLTS FROM YOUR POWER STEERING PUMP AND PULL FORWAD SO BELT TIGHTENS AND TIGHTEN UP SCREWS SO BELT STAYS TIGHT.HOPE THIS HELPS.
if it gets louder when the lights are on that means its the alternator belt,and you will have to look under the alternator there you will find the manual tensioner you have to loosen the mounting bolt in order to tighten it with the long tensioner bolt.
The 92 Accord has no tensioner, not should it have. Drive belt tension is provided by moving the belt driven accessories. On some components (alternator, for example) there is a pivot bolt and an adjusting bolt, both of which have to be loosened, then the component is moved away from the engine to put more tension on the belt, and held in place while the adjusting bolt is tightened (then the pivot bolt is tightened). Since there is usually more than one belt, you have to look around in order to determine which components have adjusting bolts (some components actually have a longer bolt which is used, by turning it, to move the component away from the engine and tighten the belt).
I hope this helps you understand the system.
you should not have to adjust the timeing belt unless you are installing it. if you are installing it. I rotate the crank to take out the slack, and put the slack on the tensioner side. loosen the tensioner pull and pull it up tight with your hand and release it allowing the spring to keep the tension while you tighten the tensioner pully bolt.
If they ar too tight they make a high pitch groan heard easiest when reving up the engine. If the are too loose they may skip time. not good.
Disconnect battery earth lead. Do not turn crankshaft or camshaft whn timing beld removed. Remove spark plugs to ease turning engine. Turn engine in normal direction of rotation (unless otherwise stated) Do not turn engine via camshaft or other sprockets. Observe all tightening torques. Remove engine, remve RH engine mounting. Remove auxiliary drive belts, water pump pulley, crankshaft pulley, timing belt upper cover, timing belt lower cover. Turn crankshaft clockwise to TDC on No. 1 cylinder, slacken tensioner bolts 5 & 6. Move tensioner away from belt and lightly tighten bolts. Remove timing belt. Remove water pump and replace with new one. Suggest to replace cambelt as well.
Ensure timing marks aligned3 & 4. Fit timing belt in anti-clockwise direction, standing at crankshaft sprocket. Ensure belt is taut between sprockets on non-tensioned side. Slacken tensioner bolt 5. slacken tensioner bolt 6. Allow tensioner to operate. Tighten tensioner bolt 6. Tighten tensioner bolt 5. Turn crankshaft on turn clockwise. Ensure crankshaft sprocket timing marks aligned 4.
Slacken tensioner bolt 5. Slacken tensioner bolt 6. Allow tensioner to operate. Tighten tensioner 6. Tighten torque: 20 - 26 Nm. Tighten tensioner bolt 5. tighten torque: 20 - 26 Nm. Apply thumb pressure to belt at middle. Approximately 5kg. Belt should deflect to 1/4 of tensioner bolt head width 7. Belt tention can also be set using burroghs (BT-33-73F) tension gauge 10 at middle. Turn crankshaft 90 ° anti clockwise. Check belt tension is 9.5 16,5kg (engine must be cold). Install components in reverse order of removal. Fit cranckshaft pully. Tighten crankshaft pully bolts 8. G4-J: Tightening torque: 12-15Nm.
G4-N/G4-k: Tightening torque: 10-12Nm
G4EA: Tighten crankshaft pully bolt 9. Tighten torque: 140-150Nm.
1.Align the timing marks of the camshaft sprockets (on the front and rear sides) and the crankshaft sprocket (At the top dead center position of the No.1 cylinder compression stroke.)
2.Route the timing belt on the crankshaft sprocket, then onto the rear camshaft sprocket.
3.Run the timing belt onto the water pump pulley, the front
camshaft sprocket and the timing belt tensioner.
4.Apply force counterclockwise to the rear camshaft sprocket with tension on the tight side of the belt, check that the timing marks are all aligned.
5.Install the flange.
6.Back off the fixing bolts of the temporarily tightened tensioner one or two turns and tighten the timing belt with the tensioner spring force specified.
7.Using the special tool (09231-33100), turn the crankshaft two turns in the normal rotating direction (clockwise).
Turn smoothly, only in a clockwise direction.
8. Readjust the sprocket timing marks and re-tighten the tensioner locking bolts.
9. Measure the belt tension with a belt tension gauge as shown in
Tension force . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260-380 N (57-84 Ibs.)
Position the hooks in the tooth bottoms and apply the spindle to the back of the belt.
10. As the mounting bolts of the timing cover are different in size according to location, be sure to locate them .
If the Tensioner is at its max travel, and won't go any further it is either siezed or simply at its capacity. As far as which one it is, I'm afraid there is little way to tell without actually being there looking at it.
However! I must stress to you that dealing with the timing belt and/or tensioner should be done by a Qualified Honda Technician. It is possible to seriously damage your engine's internal components if a miscalulation or mis-step is performed while uninstalling or reinstalling the timing belt.