Rick's Free Auto Repair Advice

Honda serpentine belt routing update

Shops are reporting a high incidence of Honda serpentine belt tensioner bolts breaking on Honda Civics with the 1.8L engine. Apparently the Honda serpentine belt routing puts tremendous stress on the single bolt that holds the tensioner in place.

Honda has issued a new bolt and REVISED the belt AND the belt route so that it places less stress on the tensioner bolt. The new belt comes with a new bolt and the new belt routing. Make sure you buy the next belt from Honda or check with your auto parts supplier to see if the belt they sell is the new design.


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