The timing belt broke while driving (about 35 mph). It has never been
replaced in 16 years and 102,000 miles. I cannot get the bolt off the bottom
pulley. It comes off counter-clockwise, right? I made a tool to hold the
crank pulley and tried to take off the bolt. But it won't break loose. Any
ideas? Can the valves hit the piston when the belt breaks?
I could not remove the crankshaft nut no matter how hard I tried. I made a
crank pulley fixture to hold the engine and then used an 18 in. braker bar
with an extension and used my foot for leverage. Nothing worked. I decided
to take it to an Acura repair shop and let them diagnose it for $50. They
told me the number 3 cylinder was down 10 percent but believed they could
repair it. They put a timing belt, water pump, tensioner pulley, cam seals,
and crank seal in for $499. The car runs as good as ever. In fact, the trans
shifts smoother than I can remember. It looks like I lucked out and didn't
do any damage to the valves when the belt broke.
Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good! A very cheap lesson this time.
Many of us could have laughed at using an 18 inch breaker bar unless you are
a piano mover. Some have had success with a 3 foot bar, but that bolt is a
$499 for that work (I'd have recommended all of it, too) is a decent price.
The tensioner and water pump add more than $100 to the parts cost but return
a lot more than that in peace of mind. Congratulations! Enjoy your next 6
years/90K miles (or whatever your owner's manual specifies.)
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