Tech Tip: Honda Civic 1.7L 2001-2005 Tensioner Spring Installation – UnderhoodService

Tech Tip: Honda Civic 1.7L 2001-2005 Tensioner Spring Installation

When installing a GTKWP312 kit on a 2001-2005 Civic 1.7L, it's crucial that the tensioner spring be installed correctly onto the tensioner. If it's improperly installed, the open end of the spring hook can catch on the timing belt, possibly leading to severe engine damage.

When installing a GTKWP312 kit on a 2001-’05 Civic 1.7L, it’s crucial that the tensioner spring be installed correctly onto the tensioner. If it’s improperly installed, the open end of the spring hook can catch on the timing belt, possibly leading to severe engine damage. figure 1: notice that the open end of the spring is incorrectly facing toward the timing belt, which could lead to severe engine ­damage if the hook snags or catches the edge of the timing belt.

The open end of the spring hook must be installed on the tensioner so that it is facing away from the belt and toward the engine block. The OE spring, which is included in the kit, should be replaced along with the other timing components. Use of the old spring will void the kit warranty.Figure 2 illustrates how to properly install the spring by facing the hook away from the timing belt so there is no threat of the spring snagging or catching the edge of the timing belt.

Remember, it’s important to replace all of the components included in the timing belt kit to validate the manufacturer’s warranty.

Courtesy of Veyance Technologies.

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