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When should I have the timing belt changed on my car? Honda Civic

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Sherrie, You absolutely need to have the timing belt changed on your Honda Civic. Look in your owner's manual under maintenance to find the proper mileage at which this needs to be changed. You can also call the dealership for this information. The engines in these cars are "Interference Engine". In a INTERFERENCE Engine, if your timing belt breaks, the pistons and valves collide. This not only stops your car, but damages the valves, pistons or heads... and in most cases, completely ruins the engine. If you are planning on keeping this car for a while I recommend you do a "complete timing belt job" and have the following parts changed: Change the crankshaft seals and any other seals under the timing cover: These rubber seals (which vary from car to car)get hard and inflexible and should be changed now to avoid oil leaks which can ruin your new timing belt. Change the Idler & Tensioner Pulleys: These Little ball bearing pulleys that the belt runs over have a life expectancy of approx. 100,000 miles. If they quit working, the belt will be ruined! Change the Water Pump: The water pump lies under the timing cover/timing belt. It has been working hard for over all those miles of driving. If it is not worn out, it will be shortly, and changing it now saves you money and less down time in the long run. Plus, since you have an interference engine the water pump breaking will harm the timing belt which in turn will damage or ruin the engine. While they are under the hood, have them change any accessory belts if needed: Alternator belt Power steering belt Air Conditioning belt A timing belt job is an investment in your car. If your Civic has been a good car for you, and you want to drive it another 60,000 to 105,000 miles, then you need to do have the timing belt replaced! All My Best, Amy Mattinat New from Askpatty: Ask Patty is announcing CarBlabber. It's car reviews for women by women like you! What does your car mean to you? Do you love or hate your car? Is your car a fashion statement or a pile of junk? We want to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly about your car. Ask Patty is offering a lineup of amazing products as prizes to CarBlabber members (and signing up is totally free!). All you have to do is create a profile, review a car and add a photo to your review! Sign up at www.askpatty.com/carblabber http://askpatty.typepad.com/ask_patty_/2007/08/blab-about-your.html

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