How do you change the timing belt on a Honda?


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In order to repair a timing belt on a Honda engine, the valve cover, timing belt cover and several mechanical components have to be removed. Depending on the engine, some coolant hoses may have to be drained so they can be removed. After its replacement, the timing belt will also need to be adjusted to the ignition of the engine.

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How do you change the timing belt on a Honda?
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There are several different types of Honda engines and the large ones have different approaches to replacing the timing belt. However, they follow similar steps.

  1. Remove the spark plugs and disconnect the battery
  2. First disconnect the negative battery cable, then loosen and remove each spark plug from the engine.

  3. Drain the coolant
  4. Place a pan underneath the engine and drain the coolant.

  5. Remove the valve and timing belt covers
  6. Loosen each 10mm bolt and remove the covers.

  7. Remove the power steering pump
  8. Loosen the power steering mounting bolts and remove the pump from the engine.

  9. Remove the A/C belt and pulley
  10. The A/C belt and pulley will be mounted in from of the timing belt. Loosen the tensioner and remove the A/C belt. Then, loosen and remove the A/C belt pulley.

  11. Remove the cruise control unit and alternator belt
  12. Loosen the alternator tensioner and remove the belt. Then remove the cruise control unit.

  13. Remove the starter and crank pulley
  14. Loosen and remove the two bolts holding the starter in place. With the help of a breaker bar, break the crank pulley bolt loose and remove the assembly.

  15. Remove the water pump
  16. Although optional, it is highly recommended to replace the water pump as well. Remove the old water pump.

  17. Replace the belt
  18. Set the camshafts to top-dead-center and install the new belt.

  19. Re-install the removed components
  20. Install all the previously removed components and double-check the timing the ensure it is set in the correct position.

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