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#31 of 1859 Timing belt
Jan 11, 2006 (6:39 am)
Has everyone changed their timing belt before 105,000 miles or have some people gone longer than this? I have a 1997 Accord that is due but I have talked to some people that say to wait. Any help?
#32 of 1859 Re: Timing belt [stump21]
Jan 11, 2006 (8:51 am)
you want someone to tell you that it's OK to wait? why don't you follow the recommended maintenance interval in your owner's manual?
#33 of 1859 Re: Timing belt [stump21]
Jan 11, 2006 (9:54 am)
The milage number in the owners manual does have a margin of safety built into it, but how much is anyones guess. I put 120k on my 88 Accord before I changed it, not that I was trying to save money, I just totally forgot about it till then.
The cost of changing it now will be far less then the cost to repair the engine if the belt were to break.
Belt replacement isn't that complicated, so don't rule out going somewhere other then the dealer if money is an issue.
If your considering doing it yourself, you should be able to replace all belts, water pump, and in my case a valve cover gasket all for under $100 (non Honda parts)
Jan 11, 2006 (1:18 pm)
Just a little tight on money there toughguy. I saw a couple previous posters have high mileage on the same engine so I was hoping to stretch it until taxes are back. Judging from your past responses you seem to be a "by the book" person which is great for your perfect world. But the fact I am driving a 1997 high-mileage car should give you a clue as to why I am asking. Just don't have the $$ at the moment.
mrbill1957 - On the other hand I would like to thank you for your response. I am hoping the 105,000 is not the exploding point!
#35 of 1859 Re: Timing belt [stump21]
Jan 11, 2006 (1:28 pm)
I have had mine changed at 88,000 miles. If I'm not mistaken, isn't the recommendation at 60,000 miles? I have 156,000 and am on belt number two with no probs.
#36 of 1859 Replacing radiator in 97 Accord (any tips)
Jan 11, 2006 (2:23 pm)
I have a leak in my radiator on my 97 Accord with 165K.
I have done other repairs on my car and I am considering attempting this on my own.
Especially when my dealer want $500 installed.
I have looked at my Honda service manual and it seems straight forward.
Remove all hoses connected to radiator.
Remove all fan harnesses.
Remove radiator mounts.
Remove radiator with fans attached.
Remove fans from radiator and install on new radiator.
Install in reverse order.
* Can anyone recommend an aftermarket radiator that installed easily into a 94-97 Accord?
* To anyone who has done this type of repair and run into any type of complications, any additional tips would be helpfull.
* One thing I would like to do is find a way to keep the transmission fluid from leaking out of the hose once I remove it from the radiator. I also plan to protect the fins with a piece of cardboard when installing the new radiator.
#37 of 1859 Re: 95 Accord Losing Gas Mileage [earnesty]
Jan 11, 2006 (6:01 pm)
Another minor possibility (though it has saved both me and a friend in the past) is that the converter cannot lock due to the fact that the engine has not warmed up sufficiently. Check your thermostat (or just change it since it's cheap). Mine and a friend's stuck open and the only time you couldn't get TCC lock-up was in weather below 60F. That made for an interesting trouble-shooting process. Anyway, replaced the T-stat and that nice RPM drop returned
hopefully its that!
#38 of 1859 Re: User777 [stump21]
Jan 12, 2006 (10:09 am)
no desire to come off as a toughguy. thought your motivation was other than it is. sincere apologies.
btw: i drove my 1994 Accord LX Couple until I had a failure of the Cam Shaft (not the pully, not the timing belt, but the shaft effectively snapped). I know what happens when the valve timing is instantly and completely gone in an interference design. The lights, the sound, and the visuals with the engine cover off... the effect isn't pretty.
I would have driven the car for another 150K if that bizarre failure didn't happen...it had 150K on it. it was super reliable, got great mileage, was fun to drive, perfect for my needs.
i sold my toyota corolla with 175K on it in very good condition, only stepping to a van when i couldn't get the kids in the back seat of that one, or the accord.
w.r.t. critical maintenance, i do believe in following the book that's a true assessment. guilty. it's possible for the '94 the interval might have been 60K. i'm sure i went over 10K by the book. guess i must have been doing the same sort of thing as you.
i do understand - specially if money is tight.
again, my sincere apologies.
#39 of 1859 Wierd noise at 2,000 rpm
Jan 12, 2006 (11:46 am)
I have posted here regularly, I have a 1996 Accord LX (4-cyl)Auto with 156,000 miles. For nearly 60,000 miles the car has made a very strange sound at around 2,000 rpm when the engine is not pulling hard. It occurs most often in 4th gear (45-50 mph), but has been known to occur in all 4 of them if the throttle position/speed/rpms are right. I have a feeling that it is occuring when the engine is in a slight strain, but the noise is like clockwork, regardless of outside or engine temp, and occurs between 1850 rpm and 2100 rpm. The dealer was baffled by it, and couldn't figure out what it was. Might it be something vibrating underneath when the engine hits a certain vibe-frequency?
The car drives perfectly, even after repairs from a nasty guardrail collision last year.
Any thoughts, and I mean ANY thoughts on what could be causing this would be appreciated.
I hate to do this, but the sound is kind of like a low voice going "Brrrbbddbbrr" and goes away when you pass over or drop below the above mentioned RPMs.
#40 of 1859 Re: Wierd noise at 2,000 rpm [thegraduate]
Jan 12, 2006 (3:28 pm)
I have a van that has done the same thing for the better part of 80K of its 135K now. No one knows what it is and everyone's best guess it is probably just something triggering the resonance frequency of something else. Assuming it doesn't change I don't think there is anything to worry about.