How to Set the Timing on a 1985 Honda Civic

A fiberglass and rubber belt sets the timing in your 1985 Honda Civic. The belt has teeth that thread through the camshaft pulley and the crankshaft pulley. The timing belt synchronizes the camshaft and crankshaft, and it has a spring-loaded tensioner that automatically sets the correct tension for the belt. The camshaft pulley is marked for the proper positioning of the belt. Set the timing in a 1985 Honda Civic for proper car maintenance.

Tools Used: Car jack, Socket wrench set, Socket wrench extender

Set Timing

Turn the crankshaft pulley to top dead center using a socket wrench. Look for a single mark on the pulley and position it to 12 o'clock on the pulley face.

Loosen the tensioner and pivot bolts. The tensioner is located at about 3 o'clock on the crankshaft pulley face. Do not remove the pivot bolts.

Remove the upper timing belt cover using a socket wrench. Align the camshaft timing gear so the marks on the gear are aligned with the top of the cylinder head on the engine block. This will bring the camshaft timing gear to top dead center to synchronize with the crankshaft timing gear.

Replace the tension on the timing belt with the camshaft and crankshaft in synchronization. Use a socket wrench and turn the crankshaft pulley 1/4 turn counterclockwise. Tighten the adjuster and pivot bolt.

Reinstall the upper timing belt cover.

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