Timing (Cam) Belts
By Carl Kulow
Note: Honda only calls for an inspection at 100K miles. Most automotive timing
belts are replaced at 60K miles. I would suggest that you check the tension
at each 12K service and change the belts at ~50K miles if you mostly ride hard
or replace the belts at ~75K miles if you mostly do highway riding.
- Remove the timing belt cover Warning: Use caution
when removing the top left bolt near the round crank pulley cover. It has
sealant on it and may break off.
- Inspect the belts for cracks, worn teeth, contamination, etc.
- Check the belt tension – it should deflect ~0.2 – 0.3 inches (5 - 7mm) in
the center of the long straight side of the belt (the side opposite the tensioner)
- See shop manual for tensioner adjustment and belt replacement