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the manuals say you need a special tool to change the timing belt on a h22a, but we figured out how to make our own out of a $5.23 hand clamp from lowes. pictures available if anyone wants to make one. works like a dream :D
 

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so what exactly would i need to change the timing belt?..the timing belt, balancer belt, and the tensioner?..sorry im just having a difficult time trying to figure out what the tensioner is and like what it looks like.
 

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the h22a has an auto-tensioner that, get this, automatically tightens the timing belt as it stretches. you need the belts you said and the special tool required to screw the autotensioner down so you can install it. you have to first put the belt on then wiggle the tensioner into place.

the tensioner looks like a inverted t with a bolt on the bottom. its filled with oil and it has a spring inside that puts tension on the belt. i didnt see a good picture of it in the chiltons manual i opened at pep-boys....

hope this helps somewhat.
 

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thanx..but i have one more question..i asked honda about it and they said theres 2 tensioners..the timing belt one and the balancer one..i dunno which one to buy..the guy said that the balancer one is the one that is usually replaced..but i dont trust him..so which one wuld u buy?..lemme know..thanx
 

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looked like to me that the timing belt tensioner would never go bad. i wouldnt think either would go bad but... if i were to replace one, it would be the balancer, just because its not anything like the timing belt tensioner but a spring and pulley type. hope this helps.
 

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Matt said:
looked like to me that the timing belt tensioner would never go bad. i wouldnt think either would go bad but... if i were to replace one, it would be the balancer, just because its not anything like the timing belt tensioner but a spring and pulley type. hope this helps.


my autotensioner for the timing belt has failed, and the car came to a grinding halt. It is a good idea to replace these when your timing belt is changed to be on the safe side.
 

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it does

and to make matters worse i was i was about 200kms from home and could not get a line out on tto the mobile phone network...
 

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gotrice1022 said:
thanx..but i have one more question..i asked honda about it and they said theres 2 tensioners..the timing belt one and the balancer one..i dunno which one to buy..the guy said that the balancer one is the one that is usually replaced..but i dont trust him..so which one wuld u buy?..lemme know..thanx

are you under warranty? if you are you're better off taking it to them...

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When you do the t-belt it is a really good idea to replace the main tensioner pulley at the same time. I did my t-belt and abouy 500 miles later I noticed a lot of t-belt black rubber dust on my cam gears. I pulled off the valve cover and about 1/3 of the belt was worn away....HOLY SHIT!!! Super Lucky it didn't break. Took everything apart and found the bearing in the main pulley had started to go bad....the pulley had some side to side movement in it and when the tensioner tightened up the belt the pulley angled slightly outward. Over some time the belt slowly migrated off the pulley and wore away against the bracket. Just some bad luck....everything was fine when it went back together. Replaced the pulley , put on a new belt and everything is O.K. now......PHEEEWWWWWW!!!!
 
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