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#346 of 401 Suggested Service Schedule
Jun 17, 2010 (1:07 pm)
How much should I expect to pay to have the timing belt replaced on my 2001 Honda Civic 5sp? Mileage is 111K. Is it necessary to replace the timing belt at this mileage?
Should I also pay for a "tune-up" as the dealer suggests, as well as a valve adjustment and new valve cover gasket?
What does a tune-up include?
Why do mechanics replace valve cover gaskets?
What about the water pump, all drive belts and coolant? How often does this have to be done?
I've had the car since 2003 when I bought it from the dealer with 23K and the main maintenance I've had performed has been with regular lube and oil and tire rotation, balance and alignment. My dad was my mechanic, but he died and now I need help!
#347 of 401 Re: 93 Civic Si - intermittent starting frustration [andrewup63]
Jun 17, 2010 (6:35 pm)
You need to spend a few dollars on having the fuel pump pressure and volume checked. If you have an in-line filter on that car, you should have it replaced if you haven't already. Not too familiar with the model but sometimes the filter and fuel pump are one component mounted in the tank. Maybe someone else can confirm that for you. Either way, sounds like the fuel pump to me.
#348 of 401 Re: Suggested Service Schedule [rway]
Jul 08, 2010 (8:35 pm)
Timing belt package is THE most expensive scheduled maintenance item any honda has. it is due at 110k mile interval. and I would not delay it too much. if the belt breaks, you are talking full engine replacement - major $$$$. The timing belt replacement alone runs about $350 at the honda dealer, and most dealers have specials to reduce the cost.
As part of scheduled maintenance, honda recommends changing spark plugs and water-pump. Value adjustment is $300 if done alone. but if done with the t.b. package it is cheaper (about $150) since the cover would be off anyways so you'll save the labor. Gasket has to be changed because the old gasket would leak if re-used. Honda recommends coolant replacement at 120k. but if changing water-pump, it makes sense to change coolant coz you'll save on the labor cost.
I've got timing belt repalaced three times (different vehicles) and would recommend to do the full package. dealers would quote you $1200 for the whole thing! but **ASK** for discount, and most places will give you 20 - 25% discount easy. Your total cost will rund around $800 out the door. Also shop around independent mechanics. Their prices are about $100 to $150 less. Its up to you where to take your car, but for such a major maintenance like TB package and messing with the engine I would take mine to honda dealer and dont' mind paying more.
#349 of 401 Re: 2001 honda civic radiator! BreakDown! [b072786]
Jul 16, 2010 (3:47 am)
My 2001 Honda Civic was over heating. Added fluid every couple of days, did not see the fill line so over filled constantly but no big deal. Took it to one mechanic who said could not find anything wrong. Problem got worse. Second mechanic replaced thermostat value, pressure tested system, saw fan running, no leaks at hoses (may have also used dye), thought it was solved. But as part of his SOP, he ran the engine 20 minutes again to get it up to operating temp. That is when it fail the pressure test for the first time. He replaced the radiator, problem solved.
Car had about 90K. Radiator was not happy on the 8 mile commute home. Had some fluid with me, stopped 3 times, would add fluid. Ran heater with windows open. Then it would red line and heater not put out hot air. 4th stop was at a local pond for some relatively clean water. Ran fine for a day and 30 miles that got it to the second mechanic Apparently no engine damage 10k later.
Thanks for Timing Belt tips. Am taking my car to the 2nd mechanic for a 100k eval, to decide if to keep or tradein. I trust both, but 2nd always seems to find the cause of issues when other fail and generally offers 2 or 3 options in any repair. Closest Honda shop is 65 miles away.
#350 of 401 Re: 2001 honda civic radiator! BreakDown! [chrisnh]
Jul 16, 2010 (2:54 pm)
head gasket would be my guess. You describe all the symptoms perfectly.
#351 of 401 Re: 2001 honda civic radiator! BreakDown! [kmaker]
Jul 16, 2010 (6:39 pm)
That was my guess too at first.. I never saw a leak on the ground. I did smell fluid but I had spilled a lot when I was refilling every day.. It was the radiator. I did not see water in oil, no water out the tail pipe, I did not see bubbles in the coolant, nor oil. I think my 2nd mechanic even checked compression. He knew I was not lying about adding lots of water the day before, despite his initial pressure check of the coolant system.
Now I am wondering about the slight shifting problem I have noticed over the last 2k. Maybe time to trade it in at my Honda dealer for a stick (which I wanted but my wife said no, we needed to have one automatic and it was going to be mine). Sigh. Still like the car.
#352 of 401 Time or mileage on timing belt replacement???
Aug 13, 2010 (11:08 am)
I have a 2002 Civic EX sedan with 63,000 miles on it. I have owned it since new and have followed the "severe" maintenance requirements for the most part, since I live in Texas and it's HOT here in the summer. At my last service, the dealer (who I trust since they have been good about not "upselling" me on stuff) said I should replace the timing belt/water pump/other belts since the car is 8 years old, even though I haven't met the mileage yet for a replacement.
I'm wondering if this is just "revenue enhancement" for the dealer, or if I really need to consider this. I'm semi-retired and only work about 6 months out of the year. The rest of the time, the car is only driven around town. I hate to spend the money if this is early replacement, but I also don't want to screw up the engine if the belt breaks.
Is this too early for timing belt replacement? I plan to drive the car for several more years since it's been fairly reliable.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
#353 of 401 01' Civic over heating! PLEASE HELP!
Aug 16, 2010 (10:10 am)
I own a 2001 Honda Civic. About a month ago while driving further then usual, my civic stopped excelorating and my check engine light came on. I didn't know what the problem was so I had it towned back home. Next day the check engine light went off and it drover normal. A week later it didn't it again. I let it sit for a few hours and then 2 weeks later it did it again. This time a guy friend was with me and suggested it be a sensor and at this time he noted it was over heating. But again, we let it sit for the rest of the night and the next day it drove fine. That was 4 days ago. Yesterday it did the same thing, I got it home. Let it sit. Engine light is off. But now it over heats after only been driven a mile. I had diagnostics done on it this morning and i was told a sensor is going out. There is a leak in the radiator. So I flush the radiator for the chance of any cloggs and refill the radiator. Drove it a mile around the neighborhood, it was in the red by the time I got it back to my drive way. What could be the problem? After it sits for a minute, the leak stops as well.
#354 of 401 Re: 2001 civic - problems with gauges [honman]
Aug 20, 2010 (6:32 am)
Hi I have exactly the same issue. Were you able to fix the problem?
#355 of 401 Re: 2001 civic - problems with gauges [honman]
Aug 20, 2010 (6:33 am)
Hi, were you able to fix the issue? I have exactly the same problem