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1993 Honda Accord Timing belt

About 2 1/2 years ago we had the timing belt replaced on our 1993 Honda Accord (10th Anniversary Edition). Just last week, as I was driving, the car became sluggish so I pulled over to the side of the road and shut it off. It would not start so I had it towed to our service station. After having looked at the car, our repair man says that the timing belt broke and in the process ruined some of the valves which also need to be replaced. We are looking at a potential repair bill of app. $2,000.00. My understanding is that timing belts should last for 50,000 to 60,000 miles and there is no way that we put that many miles on in 2 1/2 years. What may have happened? By the way about three weeks ago we had the fuel relay switch under the dashboard replaced because the car was giving me trouble starting especially on hot days. One particular day the D4 light was flashing and the car was driving sluggish. I told this to the repair man and they ran a diagnostic check and didn't find anything wrong.

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  • Anonymous Aug 23, 2008


    i would get a second opinion about that, because the description you gave of what happened ("car started to feel sluggish") absolutely does not match the timing belt BREAKING. If the timing belt just broke, the engine would immediately stop firing and you would just as immediately lose all power power to the power steering, brakes, etc. YOu would have to coast to the side of the highway. You would not have the option of cshutting the vehicle off--it would just go off. Of course, the car does behave sluggishly when it has no power--but you never said the engine just stopped, you just said the car got "sluggish".

    It IS possible that the timing belt SLIPPED at some point, the timing got way off, and you damaged your valves. This would be because the timing belt tension got super loose, then allowing the teeth in the timing belt to slip around. Imaybe it wasn't adjusted right. Maybe a mechanic just did something bad in the last month and you ended up damaging your valves. You'll never be able to determine.

    In general, if something "bad" happens soon after you've had a particular repair, it is worth seeing if the two events are related. Often, (not always), they are. Fuel relay switch?? maybe something else in the fuel delivery system is messed up. That would make the car sluggish. Clogged fuel filter, clogged fuel injectors, intermittently bad fuel pump, or a malfunctioning computer could cause sluggishness in fuel delivery.

    Your mechanic could be absolutely right, you could have valve damage and it could have been because of the timing belt either breaking (i doubt it) or slipping.

    But you could also have fallen victim to a mechanic who just didn't listen well to what you said, didn't ask enough questions, then went ahead and assumed. Of course, when he takes the engine apart he'll see the truth, and if it's not what he thought he won't overbill you if he's honest. But it'd still cost you a good $150 in labor because getting into the engine is not trivial.



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