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Old 03-12-2008, 02:16 AM
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timing belt tensioner

Ok.. so i'm not happy....

I just went to seattle this weekend to get my engine tuned.. and she was running tip top. I get back into town about 500 miles later. I roll up to a light and hear a strange rattling.. i'm like WTF is that.. i get to the next light about 75 feet away come to a stop and my car dies.. I attempt to start it and rattle rattle.. ok... this is no good. a friend rolls up and tells me he thinks its my timing belt cause my gears aren't turning when i tried to turn it over.. FAWWWKKK!!

are you kidding me? i just tuned this ****... so i get it to my buddies shop we look into it and the belt is fine.. but i'm at 71K so i'm going to swap it out anyway.. and he tells me the tensioner is bad.. ok.. lets get a new one.

i've been looking around and i see h22 to h23 manual tensioner write ups and I don't really understand which is better.. people seem to argue both ways. I have to get up in the morning and find the part so we can fix it.. i'm hoping a local honda dealership will have the part if not napa or some **** shop...

any advise on what i should do?

and a more pressing question in my mind.. should i be worried about my valves being F'ed up?? please tell me no..

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Old 03-12-2008, 10:29 AM
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if the t-belt snapped while you were moving, chances are you most likely bent a coupla valves. but if you were only idling when it happened, you might be ok.

the manual tensioners are MUCH more reliable than the H22 auto tensioners, hence why everyone does the swap. also, if you plan on doing an extensive amount of head/cam work with stiffer valve springs and such, that puts much more stress on the timing belt components, mainly the auto tensioner, weakening it even further.


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http://www.collectiveracing.net/crfo....php?topic=9.0
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yeah.. that is the write-up i was looking at last night.. great photos to follow

thx for the input
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funny this post came up because I also got a very slight rattling. and i found out the belt was slack as well as my tensioner and pump being a bit worn out. so i replaced all those...car run much better with no noise whatsoever...but im starting to think that the belts are on too tight. is that possible? i get alot of vibration noise from inside when i accelerate slowly especially around 3k to 45k range.
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lucky me.. i got her back last night and everything seems to be fine. and really at 70K it is probably good that this happened so i could swap out the timing belt and water pump..
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