How to Change the Timing Belt on a 1989 Honda Accord

The recommended replacement for the timing belt on the 1984 through 1989 2.0 Honda Accord is 60,000 miles. This takes into account the service history on the 2.0 engine. This engine is identified as an interference motor which means that major damage is most likely to occur if the belt were to fail or come off. The motor was built to a tight tolerance and there is no room for the piston to clear the valves if they remain open due to a belt failure. Never turn this motor backwards from its normal rotation and never turn the motor in either direction when the timing belt is off.

Tools Used: Set of ¼-inch sockets, ¼-inch ratchet, Set of ½-inch sockets, ½-inch ratchet, Common screwdriver, Floor jack, Jack stands

Change Timing Belt

Raise and support the vehicle on jack stands. Remove the left (driver's side) wheel and inner fender panel. Remove the splash shield. Remove the accessory belts and the top engine mount. Remove the valve cover.

Turn the engine counter clockwise until the engine is on top dead center on number 1 cylinder. To do this look on the top of the transmission for the rectangular hole in the bell housing and the pointer pointing toward the block. Turn the engine until you see a T and a line next to it. If the car is an automatic turn the engine and watch the flywheel for these marks. Put the pointer on the line and you have top dead center. If the car is a manual transmission put the pointer on the T.

Remove the crankshaft pulley bolt and pulley. Remove the timing belt covers. Check the timing marks one more time and make sure the camshaft sprocket has the word UP in the up position. Loosen the timing belt tensioner and push it away from the belt and loosely tighten it to hold it out of the way. Remove the timing belt.

Install the new timing belt starting on the left side from the crank over the camshaft sprocket and down on the inside of the tensioner and over the outside of the oil pump. Loosen the tensioner and let it apply tension to the belt and then tighten the bolt.

Make sure all the tension is on the side opposite of the tensioner or the left side. Double check the timing marks to make sure they are still lined up. Turn the engine counter clockwise for about three to four teeth on the camshaft sprocket and then loosen the bolt in the tensioner and let it take up the remainder of the slack in the belt. Tighten the tensioner bolt to 31 foot pounds of torque.

Install all components in reverse order of their removal. Tighten the crankshaft bolt to 108 foot pounds of torque.

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