I would really like to replace my timing belt myself. I have a big box of tools and would love to do this without taking it into the dealer or local mechanic if possible.
Monday, October 22nd, 2012 AT 9:40 PM
Disconnect negative battery cable. Turn crankshaft pulley so that No. 1 piston is at TDC on compression stroke. White mark on crankshaft pulley should align with pointer on front cover. Remove right front wheel. Remove lower engine splash shield. Move auto-tensioner to relieve tension, then remove the generator and power steering pump drive belt(s).
Support engine with a jack and wood block under the oil pan. Remove ground cable (if necessary), then remove engine side mount bracket. If necessary, remove dipstick tube from front of engine (discard "O" ring). Remove crankshaft pulley. See Fig. 1.
Remove upper and lower timing belt covers. See Fig. 2. If reusing timing belt, mark direction of belt rotation for installation reference.
Remove one of the battery clamp bolts from battery tray. Grind threaded end of bolt to a partial point (about 45-degree chamfer). Thread battery bolt as shown to hold timing belt adjuster in installed position (hand tighten ONLY). See Fig. 3.
If applicable, remove timing belt guide plate from front of crankshaft sprocket. Remove engine mount bracket from front of engine.
On 1998-02 Accord, loosen timing belt idler pulley bolt 5-6 turns and remove timing belt. On all other models, remove idler pulley bolt and idler pulley, then remove timing belt.