If I remember correctly, the '92 Accord has two balance shafts. Did both
seize or just one? Did your mechanic completely remove the belt or did he
find a shorter one to drive the other balance shaft? Did your mechanic
discover why it seized? I would be worried about possible oil starvation
problems popping up elsewhere in the engine at some point in the future.
One thing to check would be to pull the oil pan and make sure that the oil
pump pick-up screen was not clogged up.
On another note, driving with the engine shaking around more than normal
will accelerate the wear on the engine mounts and perhaps some of the hoses
since they'll be flexing more than normal.
You are right it has two balance shafts. I did not go to the route of diagnosing
further whether both seized or only one and why. He did not remove the belt but
removed a gear that engages the shaft(s). I am not sure whether he disabled
He quoted me up to $1200 if he removed the oil pan and other stuff to
access the shaft. He said if it were the bearings it is cheap to fix but if the
shaft(s) were bent than he suggested to put a new engine for $1400 plus labor.
I like this car but there is some rust on it and I do not feel like to revive it
If I can drive it like this for another 2 years hopefully I will be able to
buy a new one by then. You have a good point about any debris in the oil
pump pick-up screen. If it got clogged for some reason it explains my
oil pressure light failure a month ago that started these problems. My mechanic
did not mention this as a possible cause at the time.
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