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Old April 1st, 2012, 06:26 PM   #1
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Timing belt change difficulty?

How difficult is it to change the timing belt on these accords? I did all maintenance with my past cars (98 civic lx, and 93 civic ex). and by maintenance i mean pretty much everything. including rebuilding that little 93 civics 4 cyl. d16z6.

Having this accord be my first v6 and just about reaching 90k, is it just as easy to replace the timing belt and etc. as it is on per say an older civic?

(just got this accord a couple months ago, just joined this forum a few months ago and im lovin all these clean accords!)

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Old April 2nd, 2012, 06:24 PM   #2
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The main aggravation is the limited space to work. I did the timing belt in the driveway, and everything turned out good. I had to borrow a HUGE impact gun to get the crank pulley bolt off, but just regular tools for everything else. Just make sure you have everything lined up with the new belt before you put it all back together. Do you have a service manual? It was my first timing belt job, on a V6. I had changed the timing chain on a chevy 4 cylinder before. The V6 just has more pulleys to line up. Just about everything can be removed with a 3/8" ratchet, and 10 and 12 milimeter regular and deep sockets plus extensions. I believe the drive belt tensioner is 14mm and the crank bolt pulley bolt is 19mm. Take your time and make sure everything is right. What year is your Accord? There is a service bulletin for some V6 Accords, if you have a chirp sound coming from there.

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My accords an 03 so it doesnt apply to that service bulletin. but thanks for your reply! i just wanted someones input. I have pretty much all tools necessary including an impact wrench with a compressor.
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My accords an 03 so it doesnt apply to that service bulletin. but thanks for your reply! i just wanted someones input. I have pretty much all tools necessary including an impact wrench with a compressor.
you should take pics and make a how to
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Old April 8th, 2012, 02:10 PM   #5
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I dont have a lot of experience with timing belts, but do have mechanical skills and have worked at shops for several years.

I did the belt on my Accord last week. Pretty easy job with some experience and the right tools. I used a 3/4" impact gun on the crank pulley bolt (the 1/2" gun couldnt remove it), and since I did it at a shop, I could use the actual lift. You'll have to work from the top and bottom.

Getting to the cover bolts can be a pain because there's not a lot of room, but for the rest of the job, there's enough. I'd recommend unbolting the PS pump and moving it out of the way (I held it with a bungee cord) for more clearance.

The rear cam sprocket jumped out of alignment about a quarter turn as I was installing the new belt. It jumped again in the other direction when I tried to realigned it. On the third try it finally stayed in place (I turned it using a 17mm wrench). I was careful to not touch it too hard as I guided the belt. I also made marks on the old belt (relative to the cam and crank sprockets) and the new one in the exact same position to make installation easier.

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Old April 8th, 2012, 04:18 PM   #6
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Anyone have an idea of what a Honda service shop would do it for? I've done a t-belt change on my old H22, just not sure I want to attack this one.
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Old April 8th, 2012, 05:14 PM   #7
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it depends on the mechanic i went to a local shop to replace my timing belt and they charge me only 20
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it depends on the mechanic i went to a local shop to replace my timing belt and they charge me only 20
$20? You didn't get a timing belt change for that price. Maybe they changed the "Drive" belt for that.
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it depends on the mechanic i went to a local shop to replace my timing belt and they charge me only 20
Maybe for a power steering belt. I know better than that.
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Old April 12th, 2012, 05:23 PM   #10
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it was the timing belt, it only took like 20 minutes to replace it
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Maybe for a power steering belt. I know better than that.
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it was the timing belt, it only took like 20 minutes to replace it
20 minutes to replace a timing belt? I don't think so. Maybe if the motor was sitting on the floor out of the car, MAYBE.
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it was the timing belt, it only took like 20 minutes to replace it
either the mechanic is a fool, or he fooled you...
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it was the timing belt, it only took like 20 minutes to replace it
That belt you can see, with the hood open, is not the timing belt. You have to remove a lot of parts, just to see the timing belt. Do some research, and find out the difference between a timing belt, and a drive belt.
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20 minutes. LMAO.
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I think if you had three top techs (one at the bottom and two at the top)working on it at the same time, it would still be hard for them to do a timing belt in 20 minutes. Maybe, if they practiced it, and changed only the belt. It would have to be well planned.
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Just completed this on my 2003 6-6 today! New belt, tensioner, tensioner pulley, idler pulley, water pump, serpentine belt, and UR Underdrive pulley installed. No impact was taking my crank pulley off. Needed the special tool (O'Rielly sells them to you, and returns your money when you bring it back) and still needed a big pipe on the end of the breaker bar. Otherwise pretty standard job besides the noted space issue. Seems everything went well. I read from one of you guys about moving the power steering pump out of the way and that was a HUGE advantage space wise. Just wired it up out of the way, FYI for anyone thinking of tackling this job.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 07:01 PM   #17
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I did the timing belt on my Accord Hybrid with new tensioner and water pump in just a bit over four hours. The rear bank was the hardest to get the timing cover off and back on. I am not sure if there is any more clerance on the regular V6 models though.
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it depends on the mechanic i went to a local shop to replace my timing belt and they charge me only 20
the top mechanic at the dealership that i frequently go to and where my good friend works at takes him 2 hours to do it. the man is insanely good w/J-series. but 20 min....if thats the case then i am ur irish uncle.
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