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Acura CL Timing Belt Replacement

Q. Hi Vincent, I have a 1997 Acura CL 3.0 liter V-6 SOHC (VTEC) MFI with approximately 84,000 miles. I'm looking to order parts to replace the timing belt. From what I have read on the internet, I have compiled a list of parts that I may or may not need. Can you go over this list and let me know if I have missed anything? I greatly appreciate it!

Acura CL Timing Belt Replacement
  • Timing Belt Tensioner (#2)
  • Timing Belt Idler
  • Timing Belt
  • Timing Cover gasket, LH & RH (do I need anymore in addition to this?) (#3)
  • Front Cam Shaft seals (only 1 needed?) (#1)
  • Front Crank Shaft seals (only 1 needed?) (#5)

I was also told that I should replace the water pump, power steering belt, and alternator belt while the engine is going to be taken out. Should I get these parts as well?



It's not a bad idea to replace what you have on your list, but not really nesessary. The timing cover seals can be reused if not broken or torn. The tensioner and idler should be replaced if they are bad. The camshaft seals if they are leaking. The crankshaft seal is probably leaking so replace that.

When I replace a timing belt, and what ever associated parts as dictated by make and model, I just replace the timing belt itself if I don't see anything else that should be replaced or repaired.

I always recommend replacing the water pump if it is only accessable by removing the timing belt. Also the drive belts since tyhey have to come off anyway and the only extra is the cost of the belts.

I hope you are not planning on taking the engine out. You don't have to since it is fairly easy to do while in the car.

Acura CL Timing Belt Replacement

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