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We have a 1998 Honda CRV AWD, with a m4ta automatic transmission. Our mechanic said that the transmission needs to be rebuilt or replaced. He is a friend whom we have known for many years.

I have a home mechanic background but I haven't worked to any serious degree on Honda's before.

I am considering removing and rebuilding the transmission, and replacing the timing belt at the same time.

My question is this:

Would it be easier to just pull out the engine and transmission together since we want to replace the timing belt and rebuild the tranny at the same time?

Are there any solid online guides or videos for ether job that you all could point me to? I'll grab a haynes manuel (etc) but I'm guessing someone has made a good vfaq or video for this job.

Besides rebuilding the transmission,
what other parts would we need besides a timing belt? Are the timing belt tensioner and water pump good ideas to replace at the same time?

Thank you in advance for your help.
 

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When I replaced my timing belt I got a cheap kit off ebay. Time will tell if that was a mistake or not, but it included belt, bearing, water pump and some seals/gaskets.

I used these videos for reference:

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

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

Maybe replace the engine mounts while you are in there. The 2 torque mounts in the front bottom are going to be shot. Might be a good time to replace both crankshaft seals as well.

Good idea to adjust the valves soon as well.

It is not loading for me right now, but this link had a good description with pictures as well.
http://www.hondasuv.com/members/showthread.php?t=53508
 

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You don't tell us why the mechanic says to rebuild or replace the tranny. Is it operable? Does it shift properly? Have you changed the tranny fluid? Is the maintenance history of this vehicle known? How many miles are now on the vehicle?
 
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