Timing Belt Tension


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Timing Belt Tension

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I have a 1990 gl 1500, Had the timing belts changed at 100k. I now have 135k. When should the belts be checked and tension set. What does this procedure require?



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How many years has it been? But general no adjustment just change the belts at five years or x miles lots of opinions on that from 50,000 to 100,000. They are made not to stretch??? and teh tensioner adjusts itself anyway.
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[quote=RBGERSON post_id=272243 time=1534252004 user_id=10865. They are made not to stretch??? and the tensioner adjusts itself anyway.
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This is true.the belts will not(should never) stretch .
However...the tentioner does not adjust itself..It's suppose to be spring loaded for the initial tention and then locked (bolted) solid to the engine.They do not move after that.There not like the tentioner on your trucks serpentine belt.

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Kind of what I meant..set and forget..self adjusting at the onset....
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You got it.
Just wanted clarity on the function of the spring that's attached to the idler.

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Thanks for the replies, It's been 5 years and 40k, Might be getting time to replace again.

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RBGERSON wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:47 pm
self adjusting
NO

One may do that and get really lucky, but those springs are not for tension adjustment. They just hold the idlers in position as the mechanic installs belts. There is a proper way to set tension that Honda specs that does not rely on those springs.

Too loose, they'll flap at low speed.

Too tight, they'll sing higher up in mid range.


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