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#1682 of 2496 timing belt tensioner
May 27, 2005 (3:09 pm)
hey guys,what's up. i just signed up for this forum and it's great. i have a 2000 pearl white honda prelude. one problem though my timing belt tensioner went out on it with 49000 miles on it. i previously read on prior postings that honda dealers will try to fix this problem or at help help out in the cost with rebates or whatever, what do i need to tell them or even do to take that into consideration. please help me out, it hurts to see my baby just sitting in the drive way dead.
#1683 of 2496 Re: timing belt tensioner [prelude00]
May 28, 2005 (2:43 am)
If you bought this car at a Honda dealer and have had it since new, Honda should fix it either free of charge or close to it. Timing belt tensioners do not fail at 49,000 miles (except on your car apparently). I had a new air conditioning compressor replaced on a 90 Civic totally free once and it had over 50,000 miles on it. There are many unwritten warranty rules Honda and others have to keep their customers happy. Like on my wife's 97 Accord V6, it has a 150,000 mile warranty on the emissions system, not publicized, unless one asks. Take it to the dealer and complain. Tell them you bought this car based upon their reputation for qualtity. This part should not fail so soon and you want it replaced under warranty. If they say no, then ask for the telephone number, address, email address and name of the Honda regional warranty office. Contact them with your complaint, and I bet you will eventually get satisfaction. Worked for me.
May 28, 2005 (2:23 pm)
a poster named "linard" here on the Prelude board reported having the same problem. Do a search on this board and you'll find your answer.
#1685 of 2496 Re: Prelude Problem [jimftworth]
May 28, 2005 (7:34 pm)
Thanks. I took the car to a private mechanic before I read your response and he said the exact same thing. About the oil: I had a mechanic check out the car before I bought it, and he said there were a few leaks. What I think must be happening is that the oil is leaking onto the manifold and burning there, and when I drove in 5:00 traffic that day to take my friends home, it swelled the size of the leak. I didn't smell oil or see smoke until I added more oil, so there must be a fairly high leak. The mechanic estimate to fix all the leaks was 180-someodd dollars, so I think I'm going to do that. Thanks for everything, especially the advice about getting the check engine light to turn off. I probably would have had real trouble with that.
#1686 of 2496 Re: prelude00 [nyccarguy]
May 29, 2005 (3:13 pm)
hey thanks for the post, i'm here in knoxville tn, and i've talked to these service guys and they don't want to bring up the fact that they have to pay for the tensioner and fixing the problem. how would i get a hold of linard, that way i can ask him how to get the proper documentation and exactly who and what i need to do to get this problem fixed.
May 29, 2005 (4:55 pm)
I'd give Honda Corporate a call.
#1688 of 2496 Re: automd984 re: 4th gen Prelude [nyccarguy]
May 31, 2005 (4:26 am)
Need your advice: I'm looking at '93 Prelude SI with 4 wheel steering, 5 spd, 130,000 mi, great paint and interior. Asking $4300 OBO. Any trouble spots I need to be concerned with--especially on the 4 wheel steering? Also, how can I tell if I need a new timing belt? Seller had since 103,000mi and didn't change it. Thanks!!
May 31, 2005 (3:11 pm)
Sweet Car. Rule of thumb with a timing belt is evry 60K miles. Assuming the previous owner changed it at 60K, it definitely needs changing again (as a precaution).
I'd have the car checked out at a Honda dealership or Honda mechanic (maybe even call Honda Corporate). They'd be better qualified to answer questions about the longevity of the Electronic 4WS unit. I'd be wary of any computer controlled device on a 12 year old car. If that goes, it could be quite expensive to replace.
#1690 of 2496 Re: 5-speedguy [nyccarguy]
Jun 01, 2005 (8:00 am)
Thanks for the info. Appreciate the quick reply. Honda will do a thorough pre-purchase inspection for $150.00
Jun 01, 2005 (2:56 pm)
That will be $150 very well spent. Let us know what happens.