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Old 04-07-2014, 04:36 PM
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'01 Prelude timing belt

I bought a base model 5th generation prelude in December. A week ago or so I noticed a rattle around 2,300 RPM. I looked under the hood and engaged the throttle manually and saw that the timing belt was loose and rattling against pieces of the engine block. I don't have the tools or equipment necessary to do a full timing belt replacement myself. I want to know whether I should get a full kit replacement (both belts, tensioner, hydraulic system, seals, etc... ~$1,400 bid from mechanic) or just get the two timing belts replaced. I'm tight for money and can't really drop that $1,400 for a full kit.
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Re: '01 Prelude timing belt

This is my timing belt. There don't seem to be any cracks or wearing on the teeth or that much on the outside of the belt. Should I be concerned about the "chips" on the edge?
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Re: '01 Prelude timing belt

What hydraulic system? Probably need just the tensioner and belts. Water pump since its right there. Is your upper timing cover off so you can see the belt and cam sprockets? 1400 seems a little high for the job. Shop around uf you can.
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Re: '01 Prelude timing belt

I got a quote for ~$700 down in San Diego. I posted the picture of the belt right above. And I was also confused by my mechanic saying the hydraulic system. Spouted off some gibberish about the VTEC. These guys are typically pretty helpful and honest though so I let it slide.
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Re: '01 Prelude timing belt

Didnt see the pic. My fault. The tensioner is called a hydraulic unit. Has oil and a spring in it. 700 sounds like a really good deal. The unit itself probably failed so ts not putting force against the pulley. Bad things happen from that. The belt can jump teeth resulting in valves smacking pistons. Was the belt ever serviced? Most likely if the valve cover us cut. If u dont have the tools then u already know ur gonna have to bite some kind of bullet.
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Re: '01 Prelude timing belt

Get the job done when u can. see if u can borrow money or something, that's wat I did
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Re: '01 Prelude timing belt

Honda came out with a updated auto tensioner, if u wanna convert to a manual one it might b better but stick with the auto, I have the updated one now, it's a different part number. I had 1 fail on me, my belt got mad loose and I drove it to my mechanic and he was like holy shyt how did this not jump any teeth haha, I got lucky
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Re: '01 Prelude timing belt

don't drive it. get it converted to a manual tensioner
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Re: '01 Prelude timing belt

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Honda came out with a updated auto tensioner, if u wanna convert to a manual one it might b better but stick with the auto, I have the updated one now, it's a different part number. I had 1 fail on me, my belt got mad loose and I drove it to my mechanic and he was like holy shyt how did this not jump any teeth haha, I got lucky
Manual H23 conversion would cost him $79 plus shipping.
Auto tensioner (14520-P13-013) would cost him $82-88 (online) plus shipping, depending where he buys it.
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Re: '01 Prelude timing belt

Kaizenspeed tensioner is a direct replacement.

How many miles are on it and has the belt ever been done?
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