1999 Honda Accord Timing belt replacement

Tiny
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1999 Honda Accord 4 cyl Automatic 113000 miles

My grandpa said I should get the timing belt replaced every 100,000, is that true? There also seems to be a squeaking noise when the car is in reverse. And (only when the window is open do I hear it) there is squeaking that seems to be coming from the tires because the "tempo" or the squeak is directly related to the speed at which I am going. For example, just driving through the neighborhood and coming up to a stop sign, there's a kind of "wheel of fortune" type thing that happens, like the slower the tire spins, the more time there is between squeaks, if that makes sense. Is that something I should be concerned about?
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Monday, September 21st, 2009 AT 6:43 PM

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Tiny
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Hello -

To better assist you is your model the DX, EX or LX and what is your engine size in liter.
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Monday, September 21st, 2009 AT 8:36 PM
Tiny
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I have a 2-door Accord LX, 4-cylinder 2.3 liter engine. Also, could you tell me how much it should cost to get the timing belt replaced as well? I'd like to not get ripped off. Thanks.
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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 AT 12:36 AM
Tiny
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Hello -

Thanks for the info.

Grandpa is correct.105,000 timing belt should be replaced. You also have a balance shaft belt that is in there that also should be replaced.

Cost. Between about $500-$550. Of course that depends on the area you are in. My best advice on this is talk to a few folks for recommendations on good shops. Get 3 to 5 estimates. That way you will get the best idea. My cost doesn't include small shop supplies, some gaskets and things I can't see. While in there also have the seals replace on the cover.

The squeak. Could be brakes. Jack up the rear end and rotate the tire as in backing and see if it squeaks and see what it is or is coming from. Then check the other side.

Let me know what you find out.
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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 AT 8:22 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for the info, I will check that out as soon as I can. Unfortunately, my car did not start this morning. It started once and ran for about 5-10 seconds, then it turned off and it wouldn't start again. It started to turn on, but wouldn't turn over (is that the correct term?), With the ever-so-familiar ignition sound. My friend checked the oil and it was almost completely dry, so we filled it up, but still nothing. He said there was a possibility that attempting to start the car a few times may have fried something in the engine. Any thoughts? As soon as I can get my car going, I'll check out the other things.
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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 AT 8:34 PM
Tiny
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Please go to Auto Zone (AZ) or O'Reilly's (OR) and use their tool check out program and get the code scanner. Check your codes, if you find something and you don't get it fixed and need to get back with us, please make sure you tell us exactly what the code was, number and all. Example, if the code was E0568 O2 Sensor bad. Then make sure you give us all of that.

We need to figure out if it is electrical or fuel related. Pull a plug wire off of the spark plug and insert something into the end of it and have someone try to start the car and have the metal object really close to a piece of metal on the engine and see if you are getting a good strong popping blue spark. Don't have your hands on any part of the metal! If there is no spark, then it is electrical.

If you are getting good spark then spray some starting fluid in the throttle body and try to start it and see if it tries to start then.

You may need to get a fuel pressure check on the fuel pump to ensure it is putting out okay. We will see.
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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 AT 9:29 PM

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