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Timing belt tensioner bearing starts to fail after only 2,000 miles of use!

Old 08-12-2018, 08:10 PM
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Default Timing belt tensioner bearing starts to fail after only 2,000 miles of use!

Beware of Evergreen Parts & Accessories selling kits on Amazon with the wrong (GMB) timing belt tensioner!
Evergreen Parts & Accessories (on Amazon) recently sold me a “Head Gasket Set Timing Belt Kit” that contained an aftermarket (GMB) timing belt tensioner that was an improper fit for the engine. The timing belt tensioner pulley was misaligned (by about 3 mm) with the timing belt after installation. This misalignment caused uneven load on the tensioner bearing and it started to wear out (make noise) after only 2,000 miles of use!

I bought an OEM (Honda) timing belt tensioner and compared it to the aftermarket (GMB) timing belt tensioner. There is clearly a slight dimensional difference between the two tensioners. This can be seen in the pics if you look closely.

The subject vehicle is a 2002 Honda Civic LX sedan, auto trans, 1.7 liter engine (D17A1) VIN # 1HGES16542L041405.

For anyone reading this, misalignment between aftermarket timing belt tensioner pulleys (such as GMB) and the timing belt is likely to cause premature failure of the tensioner and/or timing belt.
Based on my recent experience, the best and safest thing to do with this Honda D17A1 engine is use OEM valve timing parts exclusively. More expensive, but worth it in the long run.



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Old 09-03-2018, 04:48 PM
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I got suckered by an Evergreen head gasket set recently. Ended up having to do the entire job over again the next weekend with Honda OEM parts.
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Remember the old parts rule gang: Great parts aren't cheap and cheap parts aren't great. You get what you pay for.
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Old 09-04-2018, 11:57 PM
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Default Re: Timing belt tensioner bearing starts to fail after only 2,000 miles of use!

Originally Posted by Ydna Nosam View Post
I got suckered by an Evergreen head gasket set recently. Ended up having to do the entire job over again the next weekend with Honda OEM parts.
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Based on my recent experience, OEM (Honda) parts are the HIGHEST QUALITY. Aftermarket parts are INFERIOR.
OEM (Honda) parts are expensive but WORTH IT! :-)
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