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post #1 of 16 Old 12-28-2012, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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2003 accord belt replacement?

I just picked up a used 2003 Accord and I want to replace the serpentine belt. Is this an easy job? Any advice on how to do it?

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It is really easy. You just need a long handle ratchet and a 14mm socket to turn the tensioner to free the belt.

The hardest part is figuring out how to route the new belt when you put it back on.

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thx

thx. that's just what I was looking for.
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I wouldn't call it easy. Easy is replacing your cabin filter. This job requires a good bit of effort, and having another pair of hands is essential.

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Essential? I only have 2 hands and I did it. Definitely not as easy as cabin filter can easily doable with the instructions.

It does help to have someone hold the belt but if you don't have anyone around it's still not bad.

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Are we talking 4 cylinder here or 6? Cause I just recently had to work with mine to replace the alternator and you could not get a ratchet on the tensioner. Not enough clearance. I had to use a 14mm boxed end wrench. On top of that, the tensioner was so resistant that I had to pull it back to loosen the belt while my dad removed it and reinstalled it on the pulley.

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This a 4cyl. I'm new to Hondas and just picked this up last week. It has 131K miles on it but looks great. I had my mechanic give it a checkover and the only thing he found is that the drive belt (serpentine belt) has some dry rot and should be replaced at some point soon. I figure I could do this.
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Search out the threads on ATF, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, etc. I would change out all of the fluids after buying a used Honda. All are super easy DIY.

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Well, my son and I swapped the belt yesterday. I picked up a loaner belt tool at VIP auto which made the job much easier. It took 15 minutes.
The extra pair of hands made a big difference.
Thx for all the help.
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Well, the car has been running well but just last week it has started a squealing noise coming from the serpentine belt area. It seems to be either the belt or the tension pulley bearing .. can't tell. It happens when the car is cold in the morning. After it runs for awhile it goes away. Should I be concerned about this?
Should I replace the belt again?

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Replacing the belt again is not likely to help unless the belt was not installed properly the first time. You should double check that the belt is centered on all pulleys as it's pretty easy to be one rib off on one of the harder to reach/see pulleys.

Another thing to look at would be to remove the belt and inspect it for any signs of rubbing or cutting in the grooves, which would happen if it were not installed properly. Once the belt is off, spin all of the accessories by hand and feel for any roughness, grinding, or wobbling of any of the pulley bearings. This might allow you to determine which bearing (if any) are bad.

Another trick my dad taught me was to use a long screwdriver or other similar tool as a stethoscope. While the engine is running, and making the noise, CAREFULLY touch one end of the screwdriver to/near each accessory drive point, and put the other end against your ear. If one of the bearings is bad, it will sound MUCH different than all of the others.

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Well, the car has been running well but just last week it has started a squealing noise coming from the serpentine belt area. It seems to be either the belt or the tension pulley bearing .. can't tell. It happens when the car is cold in the morning. After it runs for awhile it goes away. Should I be concerned about this?
Should I replace the belt again?
Replace the tensioner pully. Easy fix. Take the belt back off and just replace the pulley. Honda's are good for this. My old civic and the accord have done this. After replacing the pully all is good.

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I was trying to isolate a noise in the belt area, and I removed and installed the belt so many times I got to the point where I could do it all from the top, in less than two minutes. I used a 14mm socket and breaker-bar to move the tensioner. Turns out, the noise was coming from one of the timing belt parts, and that job became top priority.

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Just changed mine today

I went on YouTube and found a video that shows how to change the belt. Just type in how to change serpentine belt on a 2003 Honda Accord, It took me like 30 minutes to change it . Not difficult but a little intimidating at first ....Probably saved me $100 easy by doing it myself. Bought a new belt on Ebay for $22...

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