1991 Accord timing belt schedule question

Discussion in 'Accord' started by dgk, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. dgk

    dgk Guest

    I don't have an owners manual for the car and I think I read on this
    newsgroup that the timing belt on a 1991 Accord needs to be changed at
    90,000 miles. I just spoke to Honda service and they said 60,000
    miles. This is a 4 cylinder. The car has 94,000 miles so if it is
    60,000, not good.

    The odd thing is that I thought I had the timing belt done when I
    bought the car used from the dealer around 7 years ago but they have
    no record of it.

    I can't find a schedule on the net so if anyone knows for sure please
    let me know. Thanks.
    dgk, Aug 16, 2006
  2. dgk

    TeGGeR® Guest

    You can obtain your Owner's Manual here:

    No login required. Just click "Owner's Manuals", then navigate to yours. It
    takes a bit to download the whole thing, so report back here if you want to
    do that.

    The maintenance schedule in your manual says 90K miles or 72 months. With a
    new belt, that interval would increase to 105K/84 months. If you're not
    sure when it was done last, get it replaced! You're due now.
    TeGGeR®, Aug 17, 2006
  3. dgk

    dgk Guest

    Thanks much. Six years. I must have had it done when I got the car,
    but not at the dealer. Still, it needs to be done again.
    dgk, Aug 17, 2006
  4. dgk

    Elle Guest

    Make sure your driving does not fall into the "severe
    category" of the maintenance manual. If it does, then 60k
    miles may be the interval.
    Elle, Aug 17, 2006
  5. dgk

    Burt Guest

    The 91 Accord timing belt doesn't fall into severe condition category.
    Burt, Aug 17, 2006
  6. dgk

    dgk Guest

    I don't know what factors affect the interval. I'm in the northeast so
    we have snow and salt, and the roads around here can be pretty bumpy.
    And I suppose I'm fairly tough on a car although I do the oil pretty
    regularly. Still, it's been at least six years so the belt will need
    to be done. The car is staying in the family.
    dgk, Aug 17, 2006
  7. dgk

    Elle Guest

    To clarify, you mean you think there are no "severe driving
    conditions" limitations for the 91 Accord's timing belt.

    The maintenance schedule for the 91 Accord available via
    http://search.ebscohost.com/ says otherwise. (Login (for
    free) using the username "lib" and the password "access."
    Click on "Auto Repair Reference Center.")

    If the vehicle is operated under any of the following, then
    the TB an balancer belts should be replaced at 60k miles:
    Extremely dusty conditions. Fifty percent or more of the
    vehicle's operation is in 90 degree F or higher temperatures
    or 32 degree F or lower temperatures. Prolonged idling.
    Frequent short running periods such that the engine does not
    reach normal operating temperature. Police, taxi, delivery
    or trailer towing usage.

    I don't see this at the autozone site's free manual, nor the
    UK site. Both of the latter denote factory service
    maintenance schedules. OTOH Canadian Honda owner's site goes
    back only to the 94 Accord and gives a limit of approx. 96k
    km (= 60k miles) for its timing belt.

    From what the owner said, it seems possible the owner's shop
    was legitimately recommending the 60k miles for his car.

    Regardless, it's moot. The owner says he's past the regular
    service interval time limit.
    Elle, Aug 17, 2006
  8. dgk

    Burt Guest

    You mean this? http://img226.imageshack.us/img226/2650/serviceintervalskepticalnv4.gif

    This information is unreliable due to three factors. First, no mention
    of the Honda Mtr. Co. Second, did NOT provide the 6 year interval
    for the timing belt. Third, the inclusion of severe conditions which is
    not backed by Honda Mtr. Co.

    Somebody may have made up the info for the reason of profit or
    probably too lazy to look up the correct data. The Honda timing
    belt is design for temperature of 90F+ and pretty much sealed from
    dusty conditions. Malaysia, for example, is a pretty hot and humid place
    but the Honda belt works just fine. The timing belt has no effect on
    prolonged idling. What really count are the 72 months and miles. The
    OP's 72 months had lapse. The belt should burst by now but it hasn't
    because it was designed with a lot of overhead.
    He should've replaced it 9 years ago based on his absence of
    record. After six years the belt is under severe condition. This goes to
    prove that Honda makes one of the best belts. One more reason
    to show that the severe service interval data on arrc.epnet.com has to
    be corrected.
    Burt, Aug 18, 2006
  9. dgk

    Elle Guest

    I mean what I wrote above.
    The Ebsco site's Honda procedures contain the following
    acknowledgment: "The Publisher expresses appreciation to
    Honda Motor Company, Ltd., for their generous assistance."
    Elle, Aug 18, 2006
  10. dgk

    Burt Guest

    This has to be printed or asterisks on the screen shot I gave you in
    order to have merit. The screen shot speaks for itself its layout
    quality. Honda or Toyota maintenance schedule has a distinct
    quality in printing. The user has to pick out these details in order
    to be an objective reader.
    Burt, Aug 18, 2006
  11. dgk

    Elle Guest

    People can read the information both you and I gave in this
    thread and decide for themselves, AFAIC. You might be right.
    I just can't say for sure, given the discrepancies, and I
    want to be honest.

    I think it's particularly significant that Canadian Honda
    has the 60k mile limit, presumably because of the
    temperature extremes.

    OTOH, someone else also posted here recently that timing
    belt materials are superior today compared to c. 1990. They
    did not back this up with a citation, IIRC, so I don't know
    how much authority to give that claim.
    All the maintenance schedules, including the UK site's, I
    see online for Hondas speak for themselves re poor layout
    Elle, Aug 18, 2006
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