My honda with 182,000 plus miles is due for a second timing belt change. This time I've been told that I also need a timing belt tensioner. The first time I changed I was not informed of this, do I really need to change this tensioner also? Thanks
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2000 Honda Accord
Question: Timing belt tensioner
Answer #1matte August 21, 2009, 12:20Master
It's a good idea to change the tensioner every time the timing belt is done--I believe that's the case on this car. Not unusual at all and often a very good idea, especially at such high mileage.
lawrenceg August 21, 2009, 12:24Master
Yes, you should replace it. These tensioners will wear out over time and if it was to break, the timing belt will skip and internal damage will occur to your engine. I think it's a good practice to replace the tensioner every time you replace the timing belt, it's just good insurance. This applies to the water pump as well, you will save a lot of labor costs if it is replaced at the same time, rather than if it were to start leaking at a later time.
Answer #3steve0956 September 16, 2010, 22:42Rookie
i got a quick question i have a 2005 nissan altima , and i have the same problem i'm on my 2nd belt however now my car seems like it' has a rattling noise , but once i press on the gas it kind of goes away a mechanic told me to put lucas oil and it would go away temporarily, it did , he said it was the timing belt tensioner.. would it be the same problem???
Answer #4Visitor, September 17, 2010, 12:44
Thank you all for your answers.