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Time for a timing belt change?

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Old 12-15-2008, 11:21 PM
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I have a 1998 Honda Civic (10 yrs old). I am the 2nd owner and it has about 84,500 miles on it now. The timing belt on this has not been changed so far. The manual says 7 years or 105K miles. Some mechanics say that I can just wait till 105K miles, but of course the Honda dealer says change it now. So wanted to know the opinion of people here, is it time to change the timing belts or can I wait for the 90K servicing?

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Old 12-16-2008, 04:47 AM
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To be safe, you should probably change the almost 11 year-old timing belt now. If the belt snaps or slips, the engine will likely be destroyed.
 
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Old 12-16-2008, 01:55 PM
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Definitely change that sucker
best investment you will ever make in a honda engine
i recommend a new water pump and at the very least a new timing belt tensioner, while doing the timing belt change
 
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:45 PM
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get that sucker changed!!! ditto what trust said, you might as well get the water pump changed while there in there.
 
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:47 PM
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i got my timing belt and water pump changed at about 100,000 miles. if you want to you should change it now, eventually you would need to change it and if the belt snaps, its going to cause a lot more problem than a new timing belt
 
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Old 12-16-2008, 05:56 PM
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i would just change it before it lets go. its more of piece of mind knowing that there is a new belt on there
 
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how do you know if the timing belt is bad or not becuase i dont have the manual to my car
 
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Old 12-25-2008, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by 96 Civic DX View Post
how do you know if the timing belt is bad or not becuase i dont have the manual to my car
You can't know for sure unless you have records of when it was done last. In that case, change it just in case, and that way you know when it needs to be replaced again.
 
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