Timing flutter traced

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Rivergoat, Sep 19, 2004.

  1. Rivergoat

    Rivergoat Guest

    Well, my '90 Prelude had been pinging excessinvely, and not an octane
    issue, either. I put my light on it and saw the timing mark fluttering
    from the pointer to quite advanced. In addition I could heard noise
    under the timing cover that could have possibly been a tensioner.

    Well, I had my mechaninc check into it (I don't have the time or
    desire to get into the timing cover on my car, although I do a lot of
    DIY work on my truck). The tensioner was OK, but the belt was
    definitely loose. I had him replace the belt, and while in there the
    tensioner as well. Noise gone, better performance, no timing flutter.

    OK...but the question is that the belt was 53K old; it was last
    changed by Honda at 90K. My engine calls for a 90K service on the
    belt. Mind you, many other engines want a 60K service. Could the 90K
    recommendation just be unrealistic, or is there another sensible
    reason why the belt basically wore out at this mileage?
    Rivergoat, Sep 19, 2004
  2. Rivergoat

    SoCalMike Guest

    maybe the tensioner really wasnt ok and should have been changed at 90k?
    if the tensioner was ok, why was the belt loose? how is the water pump?
    SoCalMike, Sep 19, 2004
  3. Rivergoat

    Rivergoat Guest

    Water pump was definitely done at 90K. AKAIK it's still fine. I just
    spent a bunch for the belt, that's enough cash for now! I think I've
    dropped $3K into the 'Lude over the last 12 months.....harrumph.
    Rivergoat, Sep 19, 2004
  4. Rivergoat

    speedy Guest

    Belts stretch. The tensioner is fixed. You have to loosen the bolt that
    holds the tensioner plate to take up any slack.

    speedy, Sep 21, 2004
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