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#14 of 42 Re: How can I tell if the timing belt has been chnged on a 2000 Honda CR-V? [tidester]
Jan 15, 2010 (12:17 pm)
In 2002 the 4 cyl Accords and CRV's went to a timing chain that does not require replacement. It should last the life of the car.
The 1997-2001 CRV's used a belt that should be replaced at 105,000 miles or 7 years. It's an expensive job but once it's done, it's done. A person would be foolish not to replace the water pump, seals and drive belts while they are "in there".
If a person doesn't know if the belt has been changed, it is possible to pry back the timing belt cover and look in there with a flashlight. It's about a half hour job and it's not 100% foolproof but there are markings on the belt that a Honda Tech can look at and see if it's been replaced.
Note, I said a HONDA Tech. They deal with these every day and when they say it's been replaced, it has been.
Not a good thing to take a chance with.
#15 of 42 Re: 2001 Honda CR-V with 65,000 mi timing and engine belts need to change?? [lkh1999]
Jan 15, 2010 (12:19 pm)
Not a ripoff. That's about what a dealer charges.
If you decide to take it elsewhere you might save a bit buit make sure they know what they are doing. It's not an easy job!
#16 of 42 Re: How can I tell if the timing belt has been chnged on a 2000 Honda CR-V? [isellhondas]
Jan 15, 2010 (2:33 pm)
Would you give more information about HONDA TECH, location, website etc?
#17 of 42 Re: How can I tell if the timing belt has been chnged on a 2000 Honda CR-V? [jaoon]
Jan 15, 2010 (4:18 pm)
I was referring to any Honda dealer.
#18 of 42 Should tensioner be replaced w/ timing belt?
Jan 20, 2010 (7:28 pm)
I just had the timing belt, water pump, and serpentine belt replaced on my Honda CRV 2001. 2 days later, I started the car with my driver's door open and noticed it was knocking like a deisel. I let it warm up and it quieted down but never disappeared completely. I take it back to the mechanic and now he says the tensioner needs to be replaced for another $400 most of which is labor. The CRV has 117,000 miles on it which is why I was having the timing belt replaced. Shouldn't he have replaced the tensioner at the same time? He's telling me that the new belt made it go bad. Of course, the labor is to take it apart which wouldn't be necessary if they'd done it in the first place. They were quick to tell me other things that were wrong - like my valve cover gasket and an engine mount needed to be replaced, my brakes needed to be replaced/resurfaced, the oil pan had a leak and needed to be resealed, etc. But they didn't think the tensioner needed to be replaced???? By the way, two other mechanics have looked at the oil pan and there is absolutly nothing wrong with it. I would just switch mechanics but I feel they owe me what I paid $865 for plus another $350 for the motor mount and the gasket. Oh and this IS a Honda tech doing the work (or claims to be). Thanks for ANY help you can give me.
#19 of 42 Re: Should tensioner be replaced w/ timing belt? [melanie_35]
Jan 21, 2010 (9:38 am)
The normal procedure is to replace the timing belt, tensioner and water pump, since the cost of parts is significantly lower than the cost of labor.
Was the work performed at the dealership, or is the Honda Tech doing it on the side?
#20 of 42 Re: Should tensioner be replaced w/ timing belt? [blueiedgod]
Jan 21, 2010 (10:17 am)
Another example of the importance of having the work done by a mechanic that knows and understands the vehicle.
My mechanic, (independent), also replaces some seals that are very inexpensive and are easy to replace when doing the timing belt procedure. I think they are cam seals, but I'm not positive.
He also adjusts the valves during that procedure since it is so easily done at the time.
#21 of 42 Re: Should tensioner be replaced w/ timing belt? [blueiedgod]
Jan 21, 2010 (11:29 am)
Thank you very much for your response. It was at a Honda Dealership. The same one I bought from in 2001. I emailed him early this morning to let him know I expected the tensioner to be replaced at the cost of the part only. Haven't heard back. Wonder why.... I've always praised the Honda name but I surely won't again and certainly won't buy one again unless there is a dealership with an ethical service department in the area.
#22 of 42 Re: Should tensioner be replaced w/ timing belt? [melanie_35]
Jan 22, 2010 (9:44 am)
I've always praised the Honda name but I surely won't again and certainly won't buy one again unless there is a dealership with an ethical service department in the area.
Dealerships are independantly owned. While you may have beef with the dealership, I would not project that on the brand it self.
However, if you get nowhere with the dealership, you may want to get Honda corporate involved and see if they can put pressure on the dealer.
#23 of 42 Re: Should tensioner be replaced w/ timing belt? [blueiedgod]
Jan 22, 2010 (11:50 am)
You are absolutely correct. My Hondas have always been quality vehicles. I just learned that this dealership and 3 others in the US are actually owned by PSC Automotive Group. That's why they didn't show up when I went to my "Owner Link" on the Honda website. I should have done my homework. I thought that since I was please with them 8 years ago, that I could trust them now. My fault. I am now working with another dealership in another city that is willing to help me. It will cost me but if it gives me peace of mind and my CR-V back in working order then it is worth it. Chalk it up to lessons learne d the hard way. Thanks for all your help.