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2002 Honda Accord Question: Car makes lot of noise and gear shifting not smooth after timing belt change

 

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dpsubscribe, Sterling, VA, August 07, 2012, 07:52
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hi,

I got the following done on my car at 107 K at a reputable national chain.

Timing belt change
Water pump change
Serpentine belt change
Transmission flush

After the service the transmission was terrible and the gears were not shifting smoothly. The service center asked me to drive the car over the weekend and bring it back on Monday. On Monday, they found that the transmission was 1 quart low and added it. The car was better but still not as good as before.

I feel a lot of vibration when the gears are shifting and the engine revs up a lot before it shifts the gears. This happens at low speeds or high speeds on local roads or highways.

The manager at the service center keeps arguing with me that there is nothing wrong with my car. When asked why the transmission oil was not filled completely or why I was not warned about it ahead of time, his response was "Do you do everything perfectly at your job. If you want it to be done perfectly may be you should have taken it to the Honda Dealership".

Can some one let me know what could be wrong?

I appreciate your help.

Thanks
Durga

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    Greg's Orange Auto (12184 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper August 07, 2012, 12:41
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    TIMING BELT COULD BE OFF ONE TOOTH RETARDED. DID THEY DOUBLE CHECK THERE WORK? WOW HE SAID THAT I WOULD CALL HIS HEADQUARTERS AND COMPLAIN THATS JUST WRONG NO MATTER WHAT THE ISSUE IS

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    dpsubscribe, August 07, 2012, 15:11
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    hi,

    Thanks for your suggestion! I got the car checked out by a colleague who is a car expert who did not find anything wrong with the transmission. He also agreed that the timing belt being off by one tooth could cause the vibration. Vibration in the gas pedal and the car over all is the biggest difference I noticed. I was driving this car on the highway this weekend. I could not take this car over 80 mph. There was a lot of noise and vibration.

    Is there a way to quickly diagnose the timing belt?

    Thanks
    Durga

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