2001 85kmillege timing belt issue

Tiny
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I was just trying to do a regular maintenance to my car, but my mech told me that after his six hours work on the car with the new belts. The timing just cannot be correct for some reason.
What could be the problem?

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Saturday, August 19th, 2006 AT 5:24 PM

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Tiny
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Really could use some more information. You had a new timing belt put on? The timing is irratic? Explain more.
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Monday, August 21st, 2006 AT 10:13 AM
Tiny
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I was told it could be the hydraulic tention that cause the prob. Does this go bad during a 4-cylinder timing belt change? Is it a human error? Or it could happen due to bad luck?

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Monday, August 21st, 2006 AT 2:19 PM
Tiny
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You havent even given the make model and engine type. If you want a good response, give all of the information along with what work was done, and what the problem was before the work and what the problem is now.
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Monday, August 21st, 2006 AT 2:30 PM
Tiny
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Sorry that I didnt know I need to supply those in detail. Here they are:
2001 Honda Civic 4door Ex with 86k. Only problem with the car was that the AC start to make light short weaselnoice. I was told that the AC belt start to lose. So I figure why dont I change all three belts. So nothing wrong with the timing belt yet, I thought since I need to tight the AC belt, so I decided to change all three belts.
My mech worked on it for like six hours, and today he said the hydraulic tention could be the one caused the prob. Does this go bad during a 4-cylinder car's timing belt change? Is it a human error? Or it could happen due to bad luck?
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Monday, August 21st, 2006 AT 7:09 PM
Tiny
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Are you talking about the auto-tensioner for the timing belt? What kind of problem are you having since he replaced the timing belt? Did it jump timing?
Heres the deal. If you replace the timing belt, any good mechanic should test the tensioner before reinstalling the belt. If it tested good when it was installed, then it is probably not bad. If the timing is off, I would suspect it was something that the mechanic did. Maybe it is the wrong belt? Maybe he didnt get the timing marks lined up when he put it back together. Either way, I would be screaming that he make it right. If the tensioner is bad, I would ask him why he didnt check it before when he had it off. A new tensioner should cost around $95. Have him show you the bad tensioner and how he has tested it to see if it is wrong.
I am not saying that what the mechanic did was wrong, I would just find out the facts, and have them explained to you in a way you can understand it. But do ask why this wasnt checked before, and why it wasnt bad before.
Now, if you are talking about the hissing noise, that is a totally seperate problem. But to my knowledge there is no tensioner on the A/C belt.
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Monday, August 21st, 2006 AT 7:59 PM
Tiny
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Thanks alot mikeybdman. I will check w/ him on those pointers.

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Monday, August 21st, 2006 AT 9:04 PM

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