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Old March 5th, 2008, 11:00 AM   #1
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So how much does it suck to change the belts on a frontwheel drive/transverse mounted engine?

My wife's civic needs them done, i looked and it doesn't look pleasant. almost bad enough to want to just take it somewhere and let them do it
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Old March 5th, 2008, 11:15 AM   #2
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I had to remove one of the engine mounts on my wife's '00 Malibu to change the belt...not easy, but not a huge deal. however, the next time it needed changing (has 145,000+ miles on it), I had the mechanic do it.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 11:18 AM   #3
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I did a timing belt on a corrolla and you had to pull the passenger tire and splashshield. Different belt I know but that might be your best approach.
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ok, from those 2 posts,
coupled with the fact it's cold out and i have too many tools, projects motors in the way to get it into the garage i think i'm taking it somewhere lol
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Old March 5th, 2008, 11:51 AM   #5
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hondas with the seperate belts kinda suck. the ones with a single belt aren't that bad. any FWD car for the most part sucks to do belts on. specially saturns...lol
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It's easy on a contour 2.5L, Taurus 3.0L and a buick 3.8L... less than 10 minutes

thats all the experience in FWD that I have.
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hondas with the seperate belts kinda suck. the ones with a single belt aren't that bad. any FWD car for the most part sucks to do belts on. specially saturns...lol
yeah, if it was a serpentine belt i'd be a little more willing, but 2-3 seperate belts in there, and one i know is going to be a pain to tension
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There not really that bad. I do them all the time on several different fwd's.
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what year civic. i done them on pre 95's and i know the single cam 96-00's aren't much differnt. they aren't bad that bad at all, but its easier to let someone else do it.
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Lets just say I opted out of a $100 1997 110,000 Mile 5spd Saturn because it needed a power steering pump....
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it changes sooo much from car to car.. there are some FWDs that are easy as pie and there are some that require you to pull a motor mount
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If you've got the means to pay to have somebody put the belts on it, I would do it. Laying on your back to put Belts on an older Honda can really suck. If you have to change the belts, the easiest way is to remove the left wheel and splash guard. The belts come out easiest from the bottom and the adjustments for the air conditioning and the alternator can be accessed from the bottom. The power steering pump is a little easier to get at and adjust. The multi-belt cars very from model and year but generally are not much fun to change belts on.
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