Is your Honda K series making a horrible screeching noise? It might be the serpentine belt tensioner. In this video I show you how to replace a bad serpentine belt tensioner on a Honda K series engine. I'm doing this job in a 2004 Honda Element, but this method should work for most Honda K series engines.
Unfortunately I couldn't find the info on my former tensioner that went bad. This is the one I replaced it with.
Dayco Tensioner: https://www.amazon.com/Dayco-89321-Belt-Drive-Tensioner/dp/B000JZGMDU/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1523475258&sr=8-11&keywords=2004+element+belt+tensioner
Hopefully it lasts longer than its predecessor. For best results, I recommend the Honda part, but it does come at a price.
Honda Tensioner: https://www.hondapartsnow.com/genuine/honda~tensioner~assy~31170-raa-a02.html?Make=Honda&Model=Element&Year=2004&Submodel=&Filter=(bt=3%2c457;et=2%2c5)&Location=engine-mounting-bracket,3066271,4
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Eric, I need your help...I watch this video on YouTube about how to tell which wheel bearing is bad on a car and I determined the front right based on this guys video. The noise goes away when turning right and gets worse when turning left. I replaced the front right on my CB7 which as you know is no easy task and now I have the same symptoms but it has always sounded like it’s coming from the front left. Should I just replace the front left wheel bearing and eat the cost or could it be something else. I should post a video so you can see it, or hear it actually.
I recently did one on a Toyota 2zz, what a nightmare. Similar in the fact you have to dismount the engine, but the tensioner is just a retarded design, rather than using a spring, it uses a hydraulic damper to hold tension. In addition to that, a nut is stamped on the aluminum assembly where you put a steel socket onto it to release an incredible amount of tension with almost no clearance. Well, with that type of force, aluminum gives first and the pos thin tensioner tool I was using broke and rounded the nut which is part of the tensioner assembly. So I had to order a new tensioner, get a long ass 19mm wrench, eat the cost of the first one, and do it all over again several days later. If you have a 2zz, man just take it to a shop and save yourself the stress.
Be nice if you could just replace the pulley and bearing, without having to buy a tensioner assembly, but, it looks like you'd still have to remove the tensioner to change the bearing, and since it's off anyway, might as well do the whole unit...unless this was Honda's diabolical plan to sell tensioners...lol
EricTheCarGuy yep, I know, Eric. I have a guy coming by this afternoon with a Dodge caravan with a bad tensioner.. classic Dodge failure, the pivot wore to the point the pulleys on a angle and the belt fell off...
Eric you seem like a dude I’d have a beer with. Thanks for all the videos and great info. You have helped me get through Yamaha Marine University. I always use you and Scanner Danners videos for studying and reference material. I’m a avid subscriber and always like your vids. Thanks again for taking the time to do all this. You are a damn good tech and instructor.
Mike ,Stillwater Marine ATL Georgia.
QUESTION, I'm 17 and love working on cars, I don't no much and when my parents got a new car they gave me there old 1997 Kia sportage which was barely running. I did some work and replaced a bunch of stuff and it runs pretty good now, EXCEPT the throttle stays engaged after I let my foot of the gas, Any Tips Eric????
Went through many Dayco-brand tensioners, They’ve gotten worse over the years and their bearings are absolute garbage. Even some of their tent your pulleys are plastic when they shouldn’t be. I have found myself not been able to find certain tensioners but been able to remove the bearings and find tensioner bearing’s from manufacturers like Koyo or Timken. I’ve also been fortunate with Continental tensioner, but if all else fails, go with OE.
Hope it’s the same procedure for my fa5 si. Along with the starter, however you can get good access by only removing the upper radiator support for the starter. Btw what happened to camera man Brian? Will we see him again?
I had to do this to my old doge dakota. The ball bearings here falling out of the pulley. All i did though was change the bearing as i didnt feel like paying for an entire assembly. I learned that tick from you.
I am convinced that this was the best all-around 4 cylinder engine ever made at the turn of the century. It's got good enough power, gas mileage, longevity, reliability and versitility for me. 250,000 miles on my 03 Accord.
I'm not even sure whether the casing of the alternator can be opened without destroying it, but yes, that's another possibility. But then, a new alternator is something like 90€ or so, plus the work, so I think it's almost cheaper just to replace it, when the time comes.
OK, thanks. I ask because I have a totally different car with a totally different problem ;) - There is a bearing whine in the alternator. Also driven by the serpentine belt, but my mechanic told me I'd be fine if it doesn't get any louder, which I didn't notice so far. The alternator still works and charges the battery, so I'll continue to drive around with it...
I know I've said this before but it's so awesome with you having an Element thats about a year or so ahead of mine maintenance schedule wise lol. You doing differential mounts, transmission mounts, and motor mounts soon?
I still think your leader in repair videos. Chrisfix is getting on my damn nerves. All he does is replace everything with new parts. Most ppl are on a fixed budget and that's why you are the go to guy. Can you do a dually drum brake video? Great work by the way...
Nice job, Eric....you are keeping me dry and out of the rain that's falling here in Marbella, Spain.....Have followed you for a couple of years now(a late subscriber) and you have been inspirational in making me want to fix my old Jag....and my daughters 4 X 4 and my VW Van and my....I could go on!!
Eric, I like your style of video! With the added words like 12mm etc. That helps a lot! I've done hundreds of those over the years. Some are easy, others not so easy. Every car is different. Many thumbs up from me, Eric! Great video! 👍👍 👍
Engage! LOL. Thanks, Eric! That was educational AND entertaining, as usual! Thankfully, I won't have to deal with the engine mount on my MDX when I will be replacing the tensioner, so it's going to be much easier for me.
Its about time new video post lol great info. Can you please work on or do something changing parts on your acura legend like a acura legend changing part series cause there's nothing on youtube hardly about acura legend and most of the time I wanted to change and fix my own car by your knowledge cause you explain and change parts so good thanks
I plan to do a couple of videos with the Legend, but likely not too many. Given that not many people drive them anymore. Shame really. You can always check out the videos I've done on the RL. Same vehicle, different name.
Ok, that makes a little more sense, but it is still a little flawed. Dodge is no better though with their Intrepids, you have to lift up the engine to replace the oil pan gasket, and don't even get me started on replacing the battery.
I love your videos. I'm subscribed to both channels and always watch every thing you put up. I may never do a tensioner on a K series Honda, but you're videos are just that entertaining to where I don't care. Regardless of the topic I do always get something out of it however. Great work.