2001 Honda Civic



January, 28, 2009 AT 5:01 PM

Engine Mechanical problem
2001 Honda Civic 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 120000 miles

This weekend I finally took on the task of changing my timing belt/water pump on my 2001 Honda Civic ex 2D 4 cylinder. I also put in new spark plugs a drive belt. After putting it all back to together the car starts normal, but immediately sputters and dies. I think it might have backfired as well. . There were no disturbing noises so I don't think the impacts that can ruin the engine are happening. I have a buddy that is pretty knowledgeable about auto work and he seemed to think that the timing is a bit off. So I have a couple of questions.
1. Does the timing being off result behavior I've described?
2. With this type of car can I use a timing light to check the timing? And if so where can I find the procedure for doing that? I have the simple repair/ maintenance guide from autozone, not the full blown repair manual.
3. With no distributor cap how do I adjust the timing if it is off?


5 Answers



January, 28, 2009 AT 5:13 PM


Thanks for the donation.

Yes, it sounds like you may have jumped timing or you may have gotten a couple of teeth off when replacing the belt and you will have to take it apart and check the timing marks.

The timing is electronically controlled and the is no way to set with a timing light.




January, 28, 2009 AT 5:28 PM

No other adjustment can be done
I will include some pictures for you hope to clarify things for you as where is the timing marks should be
pay attention to the crank sensor
let me know



January, 28, 2009 AT 8:21 PM

Thanks very much for the replies guys. Saved me some time trying to figure out how to adjust the timing.

Just one follow up question for clarification. So after I get her back apart and need to find TDC it should be off initially correct? I expect to use my pressure gauge to know when the #1 cylinder is being compressed, then rotate until the mark. The top sprocket should be a little off from what I see in the last picture if I'm understanding the problem. So after I get the belt off is it ok to rotate the top sprocket clockwise a bit to get the it aligned correctly? If no how to I verify that the #1 is in TDC according to the position of the pulley? Rotate it 360 degrees 4 times (bringing it back to the correct position)?

Great site and thanks again.



January, 28, 2009 AT 8:42 PM

You can turn the pulleys to line up with the marks provided
that should put it on TDC
do not force any when turning the pulley if needed to turn much

also click the link for more pictures



February, 2, 2009 AT 9:38 AM

I got it the second time around. Thanks for your help guys. Just for others having the same issue I think the thing to understand is that when the crankshaft pulley gets out of TDC it's fine to rotate it and realign to the TDC mark. I was under the impression originally that the crankshaft pulley couldn't be rotated without rotating the camshaft at the sametime. They can be rotated individually, you just need to alternate between them to prevent impact (around 90 degree turns).
Thanks again

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