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Old 12-26-2009, 09:16 PM
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Timing belt replacement, anything else?

I bought a 97 Base Prelude (auto) less than a month ago. I had a mechanic
check the car out before I bought it. He told me the car had 3
external oil leaks all from different places. One that was already
resolved was a gasket beneath the variable valve sensor. One is
supposedly coming from the distributor O-ring. The last one is
coming from a seal around or behind the timing belt.

Very soon I plan to take it to a trusted mechanic who has previously
worked on 2 Hondas (Acura Legend) of mine. The question I present
is there anything in the immediate vicinity when he changes the
timing belt that he could do while he was in there? With both previous
timing belt changes on the Legends he suggested that the water
pump be changed out as well. I assume when I take my Prelude
to him that he will say the same. Any modifications beside that could
be benefical with regards to increased HP or MPG, extra preventative
maintenance, etc? Sorry if this has been covered some where else.
She was in bad shape when I bought her and I plan to take care of
all the issues with her. I will eventually post some pics.
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Old 12-27-2009, 04:48 AM
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Re: Timing belt replacement, anything else?

water pump is about it. You can throw adjustable cam gears in if you feel like it. Im getting ready to do the timing belt in mine too and Im not really sure I want the adj cam gears or not. Just seems like another way for me to fk something up and I cant say Ive ever heard of a problem from stock gears. Maybe someone with experience with them can shed more light on it.
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Re: Timing belt replacement, anything else?

yes always replace the water pump while doing the timing belt. Also the tensioner. My 97 base the first replacement the idiot didn't change the tensioner, I guess it was fine at the time but when I started hearing the water pump bearing I did the second timing belt job while I was in there noticed the tensioner was leaking so had it replaced also so the answer to your question is

Replace
1. timing belt
2. depending on condition of the balance shaft belt (may not need to replace this one)
3. tensioner
4. water pump
5. cam seals
6. front main seal (crank)
7. both fan belts
8. valve cover gasket

Also if you havn't already given it a tune up
Plugs
cap
rotor button
PCV valve
air filter

I can keep on going. While your at it check your suspension, bushings, tie rod ends, etc. Your half shafts (axles) check the CV boots. Your exhaust check for leaks.

But I suggest one project at a time. tackle one then move on to the next and pretty soon your Lude will be in top shape. Good luck bro.
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water pump is about it. You can throw adjustable cam gears in if you feel like it. Im getting ready to do the timing belt in mine too and Im not really sure I want the adj cam gears or not. Just seems like another way for me to fk something up and I cant say Ive ever heard of a problem from stock gears. Maybe someone with experience with them can shed more light on it.
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Re: Timing belt replacement, anything else?

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Replace
1. timing belt
2. depending on condition of the balance shaft belt (may not need to replace this one)
3. tensioner
4. water pump
5. cam seals
6. front main seal (crank)
7. both fan belts
8. valve cover gasket

Also if you havn't already given it a tune up
Plugs
cap
rotor button
PCV valve
air filter

Ican keep on going. While your at it check your suspension, bushings, tie rod ends, etc. Your half shafts (axles) check the CV boots. Your exhaust check for leaks.

But I suggest one project at a time. tackle one then move on to the next and pretty soon your Lude will be in top shape. Good luck bro.
Perfect answer plus doing that you can flush the radiator and do an oil change >.<
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Re: Timing belt replacement, anything else?

Adjustable cam gears? Hmmm.. Hadn't thought of that.
Thank you. A tune up was definitely needed when
I bought the car (2-3 weeks ago) as the whole car was
shaking dramatically as it sat idle. Amazing what new plugs,
wires, cap, rotor, ignition coil (was toast) , through intake
cleaning, and fuel system cleaner run through with proper fuel
octane can do for a car. The ignition coil wire snapped
and the insides of it looked like a F*****G hose, not a wire.
Don't see how I drove it 650 miles home in that shape.

Did the 3rd and last coolant flush this morning. Too cold to be getting
wet!! Thermostat housing was cracked and was replaced. Failsafe
thermostat will be installed with final anti-freeze/distilled water
mixture in a couple more days. All the hoses look good inside and out.

I want to go with a good aftermarket intake/filter but haven't
decided which one to get just yet. Sorry don't mean to be so long
winded and veer off the subject of the timing belt. I will have to make
sure to get all the things you all mention.
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