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Drive belt - is it ready for the replacement?

My 2004 Accord coupe with 63k seems to be ready for the drive belt replacement.
Unless I misinterpreted the position of the indicator...

Here is a picture of my car, can you confirm this for me?

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What indicator?

Belts are usually replaced at 105k mile intervals, or 7 years for Accords 1998 and newer.

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I see the arrow and "line" on the moving part of the tensioner. I've never noticed what a new belt looks like on those marks. I'll have to look on the next one.

I've only ever changed them at 110k or when the belt shows damage, noise or some other reason for replacement.

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I see the arrow and "line" on the moving part of the tensioner. I've never noticed what a new belt looks like on those marks. I'll have to look on the next one.
Yes, this mark and arrow I was refering to, probably should be more clear about it...

All my old cars had couple of V-belts, so this accord is new experience.
My first car with a serpentine belt and I am not sure (without the service manual) what are the symptoms of the worn/streched belt.
I do not see any visible cracks or chunks missing, but the mark/arrow seems to be worth checking - that is the reason for this thread :-)

Here is some info I found online about serpentine belts in general:


And this is the page mentioning the indicator which I think I found on my car:


Can any of you check his/her 7th gen accord (4-cyl) and compare the indicator? Please state how new is your serpentine belt, as well.

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Yes, this mark and arrow I was refering to, probably should be more clear about it...

All my old cars had couple of V-belts, so this accord is new experience.
My first car with a serpentine belt and I am not sure (without the service manual) what are the symptoms of the worn/streched belt.
I do not see any visible cracks or chunks missing, but the mark/arrow seems to be worth checking - that is the reason for this thread :-)

Here is some info I found online about serpentine belts in general:


And this is the page mentioning the indicator which I think I found on my car:


Can any of you check his/her 7th gen accord (4-cyl) and compare the indicator? Please state how new is your serpentine belt, as well.

Thanks!
Since it only takes like 3 minutes to change, why not go right ahead and do it?


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Since it only takes like 3 minutes to change, why not go right ahead and do it?
Well, if I had a new belt I would probably have it changed by now... but I do not have new belt.

To buy a new belt I would like to know first in my current belt is in need for a replacement. You know, my money source is not unlimited

Now when I think about it, it would probably be not a bad idea to have a spare belt in the trunk, anyway... hm...
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Well, if I had a new belt I would probably have it changed by now... but I do not have new belt.

To buy a new belt I would like to know first in my current belt is in need for a replacement. You know, my money source is not unlimited

Now when I think about it, it would probably be not a bad idea to have a spare belt in the trunk, anyway... hm...
I changed mine at 45K and threw the old one in the trunk as a spare.


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Does anyone else's squeal when you first start your engine (2.4)? Minde does, but goes away quickly. I might go with a Gatorback for the $45.

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Since it only takes like 3 minutes to change, why not go right ahead and do it?
How easy is it to replace the drive belt? Do you have a DIY?

what tools do I need?

Heck if it's only 3 minutes, I may as well just replace mine just for the heck of it since my car have 66k miles now.
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Does anyone else's squeal when you first start your engine (2.4)? Minde does, but goes away quickly. I might go with a Gatorback for the $45.
I paid something like $25 for the gatorback Autozone.


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How easy is it to replace the drive belt? Do you have a DIY?

what tools do I need?

Heck if it's only 3 minutes, I may as well just replace mine just for the heck of it since my car have 66k miles now.
You just need the right socket and a breaker bar for the belt tensioner. I don't have a DIY. I just figured it out on the fly. Maybe someone else here does.


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I paid something like $25 for the gatorback Autozone.
Why did you buy Gatorback? Is it any better/quieter than OEM belt? I think I saw a thread here where somebody complained about this Gatorback being noisy...

I've checked the honda eStore and I see two OEM belts fitting my 2004 I4 coupe:

BELT, COMPRESSOR (BANDO) 38920-RAA-A01 $36.07
BELT, COMPRESSOR (MITSUBOSHI) 38920-RAA-A02 $36.07

What is your selection criteria when picking the serpentine belt?
Would you pick BANDO or MITSUBOSHI? :-)
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I paid something like $25 for the gatorback Autozone.
How long ago was that? Right now the Gatorback ( 4070700) lists for $45.99 at Autozone.

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I can't see which side the smaller of the two bars is on. The arrow is usually between them. Like this

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l....l
l....l ----
l....l l....l
l....l l....l
.....A

Mine was recently replaced due to a defect in the first one at just under 30K (something at the seam) and that's where the old one was and where the new one was too. If it gets more to the right like this

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l....l
l....l ----
l....l l....l
l....l l....l
..........A

the tension is gone and you definitly need a new one. You don't want it all the way to the left either like this

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l....l
l....l ----
l....l l....l
l....l l....l
A

too tight and you'll get squeeling when you start the car and it will go away once it warms up and the belt expands.

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I can't see which side the smaller of the two bars is on. The arrow is usually between them. Like this

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l....l
l....l ----
l....l l....l
l....l l....l
.....A

Mine was recently replaced due to a defect in the first one at just under 30K (something at the seam) and that's where the old one was and where the new one was too. If it gets more to the right like this

----
l....l
l....l ----
l....l l....l
l....l l....l
..........A

the tension is gone and you definitly need a new one. You don't want it all the way to the left either like this

----
l....l
l....l ----
l....l l....l
l....l l....l
A

too tight and you'll get squeeling when you start the car and it will go away once it warms up and the belt expands.

Hope that helps.
I do not think I have two bars on my tensioner, but I will double check - don't have the car with me now.

Are you talking about I4 or V6 engine? 7th gen? Mine is 2004 I4 coupe, if it makes any difference.

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