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Old 07-31-2011, 07:00 PM   #1
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Timing belt job

DONE!!! I did mine yesterday at 106,500 miles...

Man, what a long job. For a desk jockey, it was a great experience. I learned a lot and do NOT want to do that job again for a very long time. I will probably wait until 225K to do the next one.

The most valuable tool: The 3/8" flex head ratchet I bought Friday. Runner up- my 3/8" air ratchet. And I guess honorable mention goes to the
http://www.amazon.com/Powerbuilt-648796-Crankcase-Pulley-Removal/dp/B0000TMLWQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312159933&sr=8-1 http://www.amazon.com/Powerbuilt-648796-Crankcase-Pulley-Removal/dp/B0000TMLWQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312159933&sr=8-1
Crankshaft bolt removal tool. Well worth the $36 it took to get it in my hands.

Anyway, this was the most in-depth mechanical work I've done on my own. All by myself, except when my wife held the crankshaft tool while I put the pressure on the 19mm socket to break it free and she helped get the drive belt back on at the end.

There's a LOT of BS in this job as far as the crap you have to do, remove, snake around, etc. I guess that's the deal with working on cars today. I guess there's a lot more room in this truck than some of the cars with the V6 engines, tho.

All in all, I'm pretty darn proud of myself. I hit some gotchyas...the worst was realizing the back camshaft had rolled off of TDC when I was threading the new timing belt on. It did it three more times.

I've still got to replace the spark plugs and open the valve covers up to check the valves (I don't think there's anything wrong with the clearance, but just might go through the exercise for the fun of it.

Was it worth the $500 savings? Yeah. I'd still be wondering if I could do it. Now I know.
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:10 PM   #2
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Re: Timing belt job

Oh yeah...

I will say that the Honda V6 video from Eric is the Car Guy was a great help ($10), Looking through my Honda service manual about 800 times over the last year was a fair help, too. The video is on an Accord V6, so it is not exactly the same as the Ridgeline/Pilot/Van, but it is close enough to get by. That and the manual will get'er done.

The tools needed for the job*:

10, 12, 14, 17mm sockets- in both short (reg) and deep 3/8" drive.
19mm deep, 1/2" drive
3/8" extension- 1" or 2", 3", 6", 20"
1/2" extension- 20"+
12mm and 14mm ratcheting, flex head wrenches
Long pattern 14mm wrench
An offset 14mm wrench is helpful also
3/8" ratchet (Flex head is valuable)
1/2" breaker bars (2 needed)
Plastic trim retaining screw/clip removal tool
Deadblow or Ball Peen hammer (helps nudge the water pump along)

Like I said, an air ratchet allows you to take a little break when putting the fasteners back in.

Flexible 10mm, 12mm and 14mm sockets would help. The 3/8" U-joint wasn't that great of a help, but I used it 2-3 times.

All variations of the tools above can be helpful.

*The Job includes:

Removing drive belt
Removing drive belt tensioner, timing covers, engine mount, power steering pump, cable connections, timing belt tensioner, crankshaft bolt/pulley, water pump.
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Old 07-31-2011, 10:21 PM   #3
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Re: Timing belt job

Congratulations

Did you do the CPK clear and learn(camshaft position) procedure? If so how?

I've been wanting to due mine but don't have access to a HDS black box.

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Old 08-01-2011, 05:25 AM   #4
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Re: Timing belt job

Yes. It's a simple procedure of getting it up to speed/rpm on a clear, flat road and letting it wind down.

I will get the procedure tonight out of the service manual for you.
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:53 AM   #5
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Congrats. I wouldn't know where to begin.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:40 AM   #6
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Re: Timing belt job

awesome, how hard was the crankcase pully bolt to remove? I am hoping my 220ft/lb impact will be able to knock it off. A friend had to use a breaker bar with a fence post slipped over it on his integra motor!
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:05 AM   #7
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Re: Timing belt job

Congrats on the TB replacement thooks. Great job.

Mtnman, here are both the Crank Pattern Learn (CKP) and Idle Learn Procedure (ILP) from the 2006-2008 FSM.

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Old 08-01-2011, 08:23 AM   #8
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twowheeled,

You aren't going to break the bolt loose with an impact...unless it is a 1" gun hooked to one of those large trailer-mounted compressors...in my opinion.

I had a 1/2" breaker bar on a 20" x 1/2" extension. On the breaker bar, I had a 28" long piece of 1-1/4" black iron pipe and it took a LOT of weight on it with about half of the pipe pulled off of the breaker bar. That had the length of the cheater assembly at about 3'.

I had the extension laying on a jack stand and my wife was down holding the big hexagon tool and 1/2" breaker bar with a piece of 1" pipe on it.

There was a loud *POP* when it came loose.

I would say at least 400 lbs of torque was on it.
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:37 AM   #9
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dang!! now I see why my friend used a fence post as a cheater bar. What is the bolt torqued back to, hopefully not over 200ftlbs??
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:53 AM   #10
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dang!! now I see why my friend used a fence post as a cheater bar. What is the bolt torqued back to, hopefully not over 200ftlbs??
The FSM says 47 lb-ft... and then another 60* turn... whatever that number is.



I wonder what the actual number would be?
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