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Hey, this is gonna be a long one so bare with me! Also i know nothing about cars so sorry if in include too many/the wrong details. I took my 98 crv out a couple of days ago and had a bit of a disaster. She was reluctant to start but i put it down to the cold weather. The whole way to town and half way back (about 10 km) there was a rubbing noise under the passenger side and a whirring coming from the a/c vents. Then there was an electrical sound, the power steering went and battery light came on. I was 2 km from home in the rain so decided to keep going. 15 seconds from home there's a big clunk and sounds like loud grinding, also little bit of smoke from under bonnet.
I have googled it and found out its a belt. My first question is which one? (Out if curiosity how many should there be? We can only see two but read there should be three?) I also read that i could have fried the engine by driving like it because of the water pump? Finally, is it an easy fix? My boyfriend is wanting to fix it himself, he doesn't know much about cars but with clear instructions and maybe a diagram he's pretty good at figuring things out. If so what tools exactly will he need? Please be as detailed as you can but use small words :grinning: a diagram would be great, my boyfriend seems to think one of the tensioners has dropped but we're not sure what it's supposed to look like. Do the belts share a tensioner at the bottom?
Thanks in advance!
 

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Laurah - sounds like it is your alternator/powersteering belt -same belt probably drives both -I think water pump on that year crv is driven by timing belt so I dont think you hurt anything. Suggest you buy a chiltons/haynes service manual available at most parts stores for your model year crv and the belt -pretty easy to change although you may have to also move other belt if broken one is inboard of others.
 

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Thanks bobcat, its a relief to know I didn't do lasting damage. I live in rural Ireland so not sure where I'd get a manual, it'll be an online job which means being housebound for a week at least. So just to clarify there are only supposed to be two belts, I haven't lost a third somewhere along the way?
 

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That model CRV has 4 belts.

The timing belt is somewhat internal and you need to remove some covers to see it. It is true that the timing belt drives the water belt and it is true that if that breaks you can destroy the engine. That is actually suppose to be changed every 7 years or so for that reason. The good news for you is if the timing belt breaks the engine will die immediately so that isn't your problem.

The other 3 belts are A/C, power steering and alternator. If you lost power steering and the battery light came on at the same time then my guess is one belt broke and it took the other one with it. Those 3 belts are all right next to each other. A common issue is the bearings in the A/C idler get dry and noisy. It could be those seized up.

The alternator and power steering belts are relatively easy. The A/C belt is routed around an engine mount so one mount needs to be removed to change that one.

Those 3 belts need to be removed when changing a timing belt so here are some links for replacing a timing belt. You don't need to do all the work if you are just changing the other belts, but it does show that part of the process as well. Plus you might want to change the timing belt anyway so that one doesn't break next.

http://www.hondasuv.com/members/sho...ow-To-Dial-up-Beware!!!&highlight=Timing Belt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq_4jrXfJwQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qriXJVH4ENE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6VBebUg6LI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJEn63JbS9Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EFkxE4xIns
 

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I think a good look will tell you which belt(s) failed. Must be a right hand drive CRV.
And no, I don't think you did any major damage. :)
Take a look and get'er done. The timing belt is expensive to replace and even more expensive if it breaks.
So, if the interval on the timing belt change does not require it , just change the affected belts. If the AC belt looks like it needs changing, do it also.
Shryp gave you some very informative links.


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Cheers guys, the timing belt was changed less than a year ago so I think it's OK. From what I can tell the power steering and a/c belts have gone AWOL and the alternator has flipped itself. Really helpful responses, the step by step link was great. Waiting for the storm to break then gonna give it a go :grinning:
 

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It is possible that the alternator froze up and caused the belt problems. Happened to me on my old 86 Chevy. :(
Could be that the 'other' belt broke and jammed up into the alternator belt also.
A quick check of the alternator (mounts and bracket bolts) and ease of turning it (rotating the alt) may give you the cause of the belt failure.
Good on your timing belt. No need to worry about that one. Usually when someone replaces the timing belt they will also replace the other ones. That is why I mentioned the 'frozen' alternator as being a possible cause.
Please post back on what you did to fix it.

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Quick update, got the belts but couldn't figure out how to install them. Mechanic came up and apparently the crank shaft pulley has gone. Not sure what that means at all! Anyway, the dealer wants 335 euro for the part, does that sound about right? Is there anywhere online I could get it cheaper? Thanks so much for all the help guys :blush:
 
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