I have a 97 Accord with 244K miles on it. I have no service records
with it but I did talk to the original owner. She says the timing belt was
replaces at about 190K. Nothing else but oil changes in the 8 years she had
it. Now I seem to have a water pump leaking, ripped CV boots with noise,
and leaky oil tubes or cam holder seals. I have already replaced the
radiator & hoses. Is this car worth sinking the money into it? I would do
most of the work myself. Maybe not the timing belt/waterpump. The car runs
& starts well with no oil usage. Any thoughts? Thanks.
Well, what condition is the body in? It sounds like the engine has much
more to give, if the rest of the car doesn't fall to pieces around it!
If you do your own work you're looking at what, maybe $4~500 for two
decent axles, a pump, belts, etc? That's around two months' payment on
a financed replacement.
Oil in the spark plug holes is a nuisance. Mine aren't too bad (yet),
and I can simply swab out the afflicted hole every few weeks. If the
engine starts to miss at low revs, I know I've been lazy...
IMO, if there are no other serious issues, I'd be inclined to give it at
least one more refresh.
On Mon, 25 Dec 2006 10:49:27 -0800, "Patrick Callaghan"
That's a lot of miles, but not a lot of years.
If you can do the work yourself, it's about a tossup, I think.
I gather the price was right, so you might want to fix it up, drive it
for a few months, then sell it off at a modest price to at least
recover your expenses, or longer if it seems to be going well.
it's worth fixing imo. if you're worried about the health of the
engine, do a compression test, but if as you say it burns no oil, it
should be good.
buy yourself the factory repair manual from helm.com, a pulley wheel
holder tool, and a ball joint separation tool. you should then be set
to go with all these repairs. also go to tegger.com for lots of advice
and useful info on what to do and how, including tools.
re leaky seals, you may need to repair them, but maybe not. different
oils have different qualities of seal conditioners. try a better brand
of oil and see if that helps. [castrol gtx worked for me.]
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