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Old 07-21-2010, 11:26 AM   #1
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Default 2.2L Timing belt lack of tension! help

I am replacing a timing belt on a 2.2l accord. Followed all the instructions but the belt is still loose.

I got everything installed and timed, turned the motor ccw and tightened the tensioner bolt but its still way too loose.

I seem to have a similar issue to posting: http://www.honda-tech.com/showthread...3#post43086873

but i did not see any solution to the problem.

Any advice/help is greatly appreciated.

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Default Re: 2.2L Timing belt lack of tension! help

Do this and see if it'll help.

TDC the motor. Crank it CCW two to three times and back to TDC. Back the tensioner bolt 2/3 of a turn off and re-tighten it. Then, while the motor is still TDC, you'll want to turn it three teeth CCW, loosen the tensioner adjusting bolt and retighten.

This will properly tension your Timing Belt. I've done this on my F22, H22, buddy and my bro's GSR engine. It works for me. Good Luck!
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TDC the motor. Crank it CCW two to three times and back to TDC. Back the tensioner bolt 2/3 of a turn off and re-tighten it. Then, while the motor is still TDC, you'll want to turn it three teeth CCW, loosen the tensioner adjusting bolt and retighten.
after rotating the engine and loosening the adjusting bolt, do not tighten the adjusting bolt yet. now rotate the engine 3 teeth ccw (with the adjusting nut loose), then tighten the adjusting nut.
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Default Re: 2.2L Timing belt lack of tension! help

Thank you Nus dog and Touring Accord, I tried both of your recomendations yet this belt is still extremely loose.

When looking at the spot where the lock bolt can go (B in the pic below), in order to get proper tension on the belt, the bottom of the slot on the 'timing belt adjuster arm' is about 1/2 inch above the spot where the bolt would go? Hope my description makes sense.Click the image to open in full size.
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Default Re: 2.2L Timing belt lack of tension! help

out of curiosity, did you verify the new belt was the correct belt by comparing the part number with the old belt?
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Yes, I did. It is correct and when compared to the old belt the sizes are exactly the same...
I do not remeber checking the tension on the old belt before I took it off.

What do you think about the slot on the tensioner being so far off?
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Default Re: 2.2L Timing belt lack of tension! help

doesn't make sense, it's shouldn't be that far up. unless the timing belt was too long, then that would make sense.

did you replace the tensioners as well?
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Default Re: 2.2L Timing belt lack of tension! help

Are you using a Honda water pump? I'm just wondering if the aftermarket water pump has a different size water pump gear?? Don't know just some thoughts.
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Hi, I had a similar issue on my F18 engine when i changed the timing belt. It turned out that the new one was one tooth longer than the correct one (113 instead of 112). So I'm thinking your timing belt is not the correct one too!
otherwise there might be something preventing your tension adjusting arm from going all the way up to the tightened position.
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Default Re: 2.2L Timing belt lack of tension! help

Are these OEM parts you're using?

I've had issues with the Autozone/Advanced Auto branded belt sizing, especially for the accessory belts. I ended up using like a Ford Ranger belt for my power steering and I forgot what my AC/alt one was
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Default Re: 2.2L Timing belt lack of tension! help

racing4life just to be redundant. What engine and year car do you have, also what was the brand and part number of the belt you received? I think the VTEC belt is slightly longer than the non VTEC belt.
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