'99 Honda Accord noise/whine after cambelt replacement

Discussion in 'Accord' started by darglo, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. darglo

    darglo Guest

    My Honda dealer just replaced a cambelt in my Honda Accord 1.8 Vreg.
    Everything was fine until I started hearing a whine after done 300
    miles since this sservice.
    The service said, that it is typical and it's nothing to worry about,
    but I let them to do the replacement one more time as a part of
    Is it a problem of wrong adjustment of the belt they did ??

    I hope you came accross this problem as well.
    darglo, Jul 20, 2006
  2. darglo

    jim beam Guest

    it's nothing for /them/ to worry about because they get to sell you
    thousands of dollars of new valve gear when the belt snaps.
    yes. belt adjusted too tight.
    take it back and keep taking it back until they do it right. call
    customer service at honda usa if you don't get satisfaction.
    alternatively, find a different dealer or independent repair shop.
    excess belt tension can lead to sudden failure, and that's expensive.
    jim beam, Jul 20, 2006
  3. darglo

    allenman Guest

    I had a 1997 Honda Accord SiR station wagon, VETC 2200 cc engine
    cambelt be replaced after done 100k, when i start the car in th
    morning when engine is cold, the noise come from engine sounds lik
    cambelt hits the cover, after 2 minutes when the engine getting hot
    the noise gone, is this normal? i take the car to the workshop the
    said it's normal and don't need to worry about, but I don't believ
    them at all

    Could give me a hint for the problem? cambel too tight or too loose

    Thanks in advance
    allenman, Nov 28, 2006
  4. darglo

    motsco_ Guest


    If it sings like a harmonica, it's too tight. Yours sounds too loose
    which is worse, judging by your description, since it can jump teeth
    right away and shred your engine.

    Tight belt may snap or wear out water pump and idler bearing.

    You need to provide a better description of the sound . . .

    motsco_, Nov 28, 2006
  5. darglo

    allenman Guest

    The noise only raise when the engine is cold, the noise sound
    clanking,like something knocks(or raps) the metallic cambelt cover
    sharp and hard but not resonant,if I speed up the engine, the knock
    getting more quick with the speed changes, but after engine runs for
    or 2 minutes and getting hot, the noise gone

    If I start the engine when it hot, the engine sounds OK
    allenman, Nov 28, 2006
  6. darglo

    Tegger Guest

    That's piston slap. Don't worry about it.
    Tegger, Nov 29, 2006
  7. darglo

    allenman Guest

    But I can not understand why it happened only after the cambelt bee
    changed, could anyone point how I can test the cambelt is too loose o
    too tight

    Thanks a lo
    allenman, Dec 1, 2006
  8. darglo

    Tegger Guest

    The valve cover will have to be removed. The crankshaft is then slightly
    turned by hand (with a socket on the pulley) to put all the slack on one
    side. If there's NO slack, then it's too tight.

    If there's *too much* slack, there will be obvious evidence on the
    underside of the valve cover, assuming a DOHC; SOHC will slap the timing
    belt cover. Either way, all the writing will have been scuffed off the belt
    and there may be powder everywhere.

    A too-tight belt normally whines/whirs all the time, not just when cold. I
    wonder if you're just suddenly aware of a sound that was already there
    Tegger, Dec 1, 2006
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