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Honda Civic Timing Belt

Q. Hi Vincent, I have a 1998 Honda Civic EX that is due to have its timing belt and water pump changed. Is this a DIY job or should I take it somewhere to have it done? The parts will cost around $100 and a mechanic will charge around $375.00. So you can see that I could save some major money. Should I try to tackle this?

Thanks for your opinion.

Honda Civic Timing Belt

A. By all means this is a DIY type of job. Not knowing your skill level I can't say if you can do it. Only you can answer that question. Get the Chiltons manual for your car and read the procedure. If you feel you are up to the challenge, go for it. If you have any doubts about your ability to perform the job correctly, then take it in and have it done.

The four cylinder SOHC are pretty easy. The four cylinder DOHC and V-6 are a bit more complicated.

Honda engines are an interference type engine. That is to say if the timing marks are not lined up properly when installing the new belt, serious engine damage could result.

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