I'm interested in buying a '94 Civic EX sedan. I assume this is the
125hp motor. What is Honda's schedule for replacing the timing belt and
water pump? Do dealers ever do just the belt? It was supposedly serviced
and the belt replaced at 94k, now has 140k on it, and I'm not sure the
water pump was ever changed. What would a Honda dealer have done at 60k
and 90k miles?
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This will bring up the Owner's Manual for the '94 Civic. This manual will
contain the maintenance schedule.
The water pump should be replaced at the same time as the belt. If this is
the car's second change, the tensioner should be replaced as well.
In Canada the dealers will tell you just about anything you need to
know. You walk in and tell the service writer that 'Joe' is selling /
has sold you his car and you know THEY serviced it, (you provide the
VIN) and eventually you walk out with reprints of the work orders that
they have. You can find the exact date it was sold and the dealership's
Done it about 6 times.
As I wrote earlier, I'll be looking at a fax of a service order
tomorrow. The car was bought and serviced on the other side of the
country from where it is (and I am) now, so it's not as easy. Basically
I wanted to know how likely it was that the water pump was ever
replaced, and I'm disappointed to learn that Honda didn't give a
specific mileage for doing it, like every 90k miles. This gives
cheapskate owners a reason to skimp on service, and then act aggrieved
when I deduct the $600 for that service they never had done, from my
"Inspected" would mean the mechanic spun the pulley by hand to see how
it felt. You can tell if the pump's going bad just by doing that.
Truth be told, the pump will last two belt changes if the coolant is
changed according to the severe schedule, and with OEM fluid. IF...
The reason you change it every belt change is because you have to pull
the timing belt off to get at it in the first place, so the labor is
mostly the same. But, with a $60 part charge, $20 for coolant, and maybe
an additional hour's labor ($180 total for the pump), there's
considerable incentive for customers to skimp on the pump.
Dealers will change just the pump if that's what you want, but it's been
my experience that they will try to talk you into doing the pump too,
which is a great idea, regardless of the perceived "ripoff" factor.
I guess Honda assumes everybody will use Honda coolant and change it
when they're supposed to.
If you have no documented proof that the pump was changed, just keep an
ear/eye on your engine, especially at startup. If there are no strange
squealing noises, no coolant leaks on the ground at the timing belt end,
your pump is still OK.
Yeah, that's the plan, but I sure wish other people were more like
me. I have the oil seals done with the belt and pump, if the mileage is
over 100k. My '86 CIvic Si (bought new) is 22 years old and still runs
Then you've got five years on me. I bought my '91 Integra new as well.
It has almost 288,000 miles on it as of today.
I figure I'm sort of in competition with my long-dead Daddy. He got 140,000
miles out of his '58 Dodge, and I've doubled that. So far...
I think he's going by experience. That's a pretty common assumption
for more than one make. The only problem with it is that people who use
the specified coolant and change it regularly are the ones who usually
have the water pump changed with every timing belt. And, worse, vice versa.
honda don't specify a pump change, they specify inspection. based on my
experience, a pump will last a good deal longer than a belt. the urban
tradition of change is that of economics - for $45 extra bucks and
you're already in there, why not?
personally, i inspect if it's first change, but i have the tools and
experience to do the job myself.
My experience with older Honda Civics (Gen 1 & 2) is that a waterpump's
life span is about the same as a belt. In fact, I have had to cheat to
get one to last as long as a belt by squirting the shaft with motor oil
in ever increasing frequency. My record for water pump life extension
was about 7,000 miles and it was growling pretty good...
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