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I have 1999 Honda Civic with cvt transmission 1600cc, vtec. Most of the time it works ok, but after it's warmed up properly it misbehaves. When I stop at a junction etc. and then try to pull away, the engine revs rise very slowly and it takes a good second or 2 before the car starts moving. It's almost as if it's trying to pull away in a very high gear. As a result I have narrowly avoided a few collisions as I try to pull away and other drivers expect me to move more quickly than I do. Once I do get moving, the car behaves perfectly, until I stop at the next junction etc. The transmission oil has been completely drained, flushed and replaced with new Honda CVT fluid, and the car is generally in good order. The problem seems to have got worse since I had a new timing belt fitted - although that may just be my imagination. Also fuel consumption is very high since the belt change. Many thanks for reading this, and for any help you can give.

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  • f1087 May 24, 2011

    Hi lilg4mdalbc,

    Cheers for taking the time to help me out. The garage that did the work on my Civic is no longer in business, and the mechanic has disappeared. Is there any way in which I, a reasonably competent diyer, but no mechanic, can check the fitting of the timing belt and, if necessary, adjust it?

  • f1087 May 24, 2011

    I had a look at that link you provided. You're right, the job does look fiendishly complicated, well beyond my capabilities. Sadly I don't live anywhere near Long Beach (sounds like a lovely place) - not even on the same continent in fact. I live in the midlands of England near Coventry. I'll take the car to the local Honda dealer, although I'll probably have to sell a kidney or whatever in order to pay their charges. Thanks again for all your help.

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Where ever you had the belt change, take it back, and tell them they didn't leave it right, because it seems the timing is off. this happens when the timing belt is changed and not put properly. even if its just one tooth off, it can cause this problem. and for future transmissionfluid changes, the transmission should never be flushed as it can damage important components within the transmission. but like i said, have the timing belt refitted, because this is going to keep going on if its not fixed. hope this helps, goodluck

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  • Jorge Majano May 22, 2011

    also, i dont know how much you trust your mechanic, but you might want to consider going to a different mechanic, because a good mechanic would have driven it and made sure it was good before handing you the keys and telling you the job was finished. just throwing in my 2 cents.

  • f1087 May 24, 2011

    Hi lilg4mdalbc,

    Many thanks for taking the time to help me out. The garage that did the work on my Civic is no longer in business, and the mechanic has disappeared. Is there any way in which I, a reasonably competent diyer, but no mechanic, can check the fitting of the timing belt and, if necessary, adjust it?

  • Jorge Majano May 24, 2011

    Unfortunately, to do this procedure, it is very complicated:http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showpost.php...
    this link is a do it your self link for the timing belt procedure, in case you might want to try it yourself. it is supposed to be around the diffuculty level of removing an engine. so i would recommend taking it to a trustworthy shop. what area do you live in? because i live around long beach, and there is this shop around here that charges 300 to change the timing belt and change the water pump, as the water pump is in the same location as the timing belt. the timing belt and the water pump alone is like 150, so a shop will probably charge you around 200 to adjust it. the shop i take it to, which is the one i mentioned earlier doesn't charge by the hour like most other shops do, they charge a solid price for the job, so you might want to keep that in mind. i hope this helps, and i wish you the best of luck.

  • f1087 May 24, 2011

    I had a look at that link you provided. You're right, the job does look fiendishly complicated, well beyond my capabilities. Sadly I don't live anywhere near Long Beach (sounds like a lovely place) - not even on the same continent in fact. I live in the midlands of England near Coventry. I'll take the car to the local Honda dealer, although I'll probably have to sell a kidney or whatever in order to pay their charges. Thanks again for all your help.

  • Jorge Majano May 24, 2011

    thats not good. you should try looking around though. you might find a good shop there. its worth a shot because dealer is always expensive. your welcome and i wish you the best of luck with your car.

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