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Old 08-20-2010, 07:23 PM
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URGENT: Posssibly Dangerous T-belt situation

Got around to taking my valve cover off today, in preparation to do a valve clearance adjustment/valve cover painting. In response to what I have seen, I need your help.

I have two questions to put forth to the members of PZ. Let's start with the more important.



I happened to look at my timing belt, and although it seems to be in good condition and tight, I think there is something wrong. I think either 1. It isn't on there correctly or 2. It isn't the correct timing belt for my car. Take a look at the picture.



Notice in the picture that the timing belt does not completely cover the cam gears on one side, and on the other side the timing belt sticks out past the edge of the gears by a fuzz hair. Even if it was positioned so it was in the center, it still wouldn't completely cover the cam gears. I think that the timing belt is too thin, making me believe that the timing belt was not designed for use on my car.

My car has always ran fine, I've had it for almost a year now, and it recently developed a slight ticking sound. Nothing major, you can barely hear it. It did this after I got a vacuum leak, which I fixed yesterday. Dunno if that fixed the noise. I was also going to do a valve adjustment, in hopes it might fix the sound and also because it prolly needs to be done. So I don't think this timing belt has caused any issues thus far, however, it makes me very, very nervous if this is not the right timing belt.

I have a 9 hour drive on Sunday, and need to know if this is safe to drive with. Also I want to know if I need to change it (was going to do it anyway, but not for another couple months) or can I let it go for awhile.





My second question. When I pulled off the valve cover, my valve cover gasket came off the cover. Now I'm going to be painting it, so I need to know...

1. Should I take off the gasket to paint it?
2. I recently had the valve cover gasket changed, so it should still be good, can I reuse it? I have a brand new tube of honda-bond and the gasket seems to be in good shape.








Thanks in advance.
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Re: URGENT: Posssibly Dangerous T-belt situation

relax, totally normal.
The timing belt will always look like that, but I assure you that it is the right one for your car. After some rotations of the crankshaft the belt "finds its place" and stay their until messed with. It will not cause damage or harm to your motor. My timing belt also looks like that and its totally normal.

Yes, remove the valve cover gasket when painting the valve cover. If its in good conditon you can reuse it.
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Re: URGENT: Posssibly Dangerous T-belt situation

Yea I mighta overreacted on that one. I asked my brother about it and he said some are like that. Although I still want to do a manual tensioner conversion, so I'll have to change it anyway, but at least I can let it go til I take AEP in school, a class where we go over how to change a t-belt, among other things.


I plan on reusing the valve cover gasket too, I gotta peel off all the dried honda-bond but I just had the thing changed like a couple months ago.




And I was planning on doing my valve adjustments and painting today, but I was waiting for my friend to bring over his jackstands, which he never did. I also woke up late and had to run some errands, so now I gotta wake up mad early and do all this tomorrow.



On a related note: Never, ever trust your friends to help you with anything, especially after you helped your friend for two whole years to rebuild his car. Cuz asking him for help would be just dick, especially after you gave him so much of your time. Just plain dick.
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Re: URGENT: Posssibly Dangerous T-belt situation

Get better friends, noobfag.

But yeah, def take the VC off and separate it from the gasket when you paint it. T-Belt looks fine. You're all good.
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Re: URGENT: Posssibly Dangerous T-belt situation

Tell me about it.

Vc gasket off, in process of painting. Pics to come. Also gotta do my valve adjustments. Not looking forward to it, especially since this day is not turning out to be one of my better ones.
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Re: URGENT: Posssibly Dangerous T-belt situation

Lol u straight stressing son!! looks fine and if u paint the vc take the gasket off and save it or u can buy a new one
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