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Honda Accord, Sedan
#19 of 93 Re: When and where to replace the timing belt? [thegraduate]
Jan 20, 2007 (2:57 am)
Take it from someone who had first hand experience with all of the above issues. Do not procrastinate replacing the water pump and timing belt. It will save you a lot of money and headaches. I drove my 1995 Honda Accord well up to 159,860 miles with the original Honda timing belt. I was told by my father who is a mechanic time and time again to get it done. Did I listen? No! I procrastinated and it snapped while I was doing about 30 mph. I was told that I may have bent a valve or pushed a piston out. Let me explain my experience and chain of events that led to this. It all started with a minor leak in the radiator, I tried stop leak and epoxy to seal a couple of cracks on top of the radiator to hold me over. When that worked, I said to myself this is great now I don't have to get it fixed. Guess what? It didn't last very long, about two months and the radiator had sprung another leak and before I knew it, I was buying coolant every other day. I got tired of buying coolant, and it was still warm enough I started carrying water around with me filling up every time I parked the car. With the leaks getting worse, I finally sucked it up and replaced the radiator costing me $348.00 installed by a mechanic. I picked the car up drove it home and the water pump started leaking literally pissing non stop right out while the car was running. I figured I got away with the radiator for a long time why not the water pump? Wrong again! It lasted about three days of driving about three to four miles and filling the radiator every time. I know people reading this are probably thinking what an idiot. I am telling my story for all the other procrastinating idiots out there and hoping that they will not make the same idiotic mistakes that I did. Anyway, I was driving home one night and I heard this "SNAP" and the car cut off, right away I figured that the water pump seized and snapped the timing belt. After getting a short push home thank god, I started calling around for quotes. After about five different quotes ranging from $450 to $700. I chose to pick the mechanic who explained what he was gonna do, and what the possibilities were of having other problems such as a bent valve or piston. I had the car towed costing me $50 to bring it right around the corner. I had to replace the water pump, timing belt, serpintine belt, A/C belt, and the pulleys that the timing belt rides on costing me $897 total. My heart almost stopped when I heard the total cost, but when he told me there were no other problems I did not complain. It could have been worse, I could have easily bent a valve or pushed a piston out of wack costing me another $1,000 easy. So the moral of this story is don't procrastinate getting the timing belt and water pump replaced early, it will cost you and the possibility of destroying the engine.
#20 of 93 1993 honda accord runs hot only when traveling long distance
Jan 20, 2007 (6:44 am)
my 1993 accord runs hot only when at highway speed or when ran for along time in the city, I was told that it could be a blown head gasket but I thought if it was that then the car would lock up and not run or would run hot just after cranking it up. could some one tell me what the problem may be? I know taking it to a shop could be costly just for them to look at it.
#21 of 93 Re: 1993 honda accord runs hot only when traveling long distance [hansley]
Jan 20, 2007 (7:06 am)
Read this link. It may help you find a solution. It could be just the thermostat, and maybe not. Don't go throwing parts at it until you narrow down the possibilities. Buying parts that are unnecessary, and won't fix the problem, will add up quickly.
#22 of 93 Re: 1993 honda accord runs hot only when traveling long distance [hansley]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 20, 2007 (9:55 am)
Usually high speed overheat is a circulation problem. A bad head gasket can easily be checked by a qualified mechanic using either (or both) cylinder leakdown test or testing the coolant for exhaust gases with a chemical.
#23 of 93 Re: When and where to replace the timing belt? [vtfd325]
Jan 20, 2007 (11:30 pm)
Just for general knowledge, refilling the radiator with straight water probably contributed to the later water pump leak.
Anti-freeze, in addition to protection from freezing and increasing the boiling point, has quite a bit of 'lubrication' capabilities. It helps keep the shaft seals 'lubricated'. With straight water, the shaft turns on the seal without this lub, and then leaks.
If you don't believe this, stick your finger into some, either 50/50 mix or out of the jug, rub it between finger and thumb, just feel how slippery it is.
This is why owners manuals caution about always using antifreeze in the coolant system.
#24 of 93 Re: When and where to replace the timing belt? [vtfd325]
Jan 22, 2007 (7:43 am)
Thank you for your advice. I am planning on having the belt done when my tax returns come in, which is pretty soon, I hope. Anyway I've asked around in my family and they have all said that they've never heard of it and say not to deal with it. Well anyway, it's good to hear about these things from somebody other than mechanics who are all in it for the money.
Once again thank you for you story so now I know more about what could go wrong with the car.
#25 of 93 Re: When and where to replace the timing belt? [tankbeans]
Jan 22, 2007 (9:24 am)
Get the belt done, and yes, DO deal with it. I'm about to get my third one. (180k miles is approaching quickly).
You could always decide to
But I wouldn't...
#26 of 93 Re: When and where to replace the timing belt? [thegraduate]
Jan 22, 2007 (10:41 am)
Oh I plan to deal with it soon. By the way I like your clever use of the old game show, which I've only ever seen in reruns.
#27 of 93 Re: When and where to replace the timing belt? [tankbeans]
Jan 22, 2007 (5:26 pm)
Thanks... I really liked that show!
...Big bucks, big bucks, no whammies!
I thought it got the point across quite well, if I do say so myself.
Jan 29, 2007 (11:05 am)
As most people who have read this discussion know I have a 95 Accord EX. I was just told by the dealer, where I took it to have the timing belt replaced, that my sparks plugs are the incorrect plugs for the car. Could this be a contributing factor to the lower than average fuel economy of about 26 mpg? I've been getting just over 22 since I got it. I know it isn't a big difference, but when it comes to the pump it adds up. Is this bad for the engine or just a minor annoyance?
Thanks anybody for responses. I like this board because everybody seems to know what they are talking about.