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Old 11-Mar-2009, 01:05 PM
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Timing Belt Advise!

I have 2 civics, 2001 and 2003 both stock. Can somebody tell me when I should change the timing belt and spark plugs. Some people say 100K and others say 160K. My older civic has 150K and is running fine (I havenet changed the plugs or belt).

Also any relaible mechanincs is Brampton or Mississauga.
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If your belt breaks you're engine will go "bang bang" and then you'll say "Oh ****! I should have changed my timing belt and water pump at 100,000km".
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You should change it at 150-160k. Everyone always says "my car is running fine I don't need to change the belt", every time I went and bought a used car and asked about when the T belt was done they said this. That's not how it works. A timing belt won't show you signs of wear when it's worn. Your car will run fine until it snaps. At which point you'll need a new engine.

Realistically speaking, your timing belt *may* last longer, hell it's possible to go to 250k with a stock belt sometimes, but you're really pushing your luck. Anything past 160k and you're taking a chance at it snapping, and like Trybal said, you'll need a new engine if it does. It's not like you can go "oh okay it snapped now I can put on a new one". It will take the engine with it if it goes.

Bring it to igarage (Igarage - Markham for contact info). It's in Markham but he'll give you a great price and do an amazing job, properly.
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I have a 2000 si (d16y8). I did my timing belt & water pump at about 105,000k last year. The belt was 8 years old. I swear it was in immaculate condition, no cracks anywhere. That said, I could have gone longer without changing it, but I look at it as cheap insurance. I did it myself, so both only cost about $130 with an OEM Honda belt.

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