Because of you folks and your generosity when sharing your knowledge, I was able to successfully change my own timing belt. I changed the timing belt, alternator belt, power steering belt, water pump and spark plugs.
I was very intimidated by the job and put it off forever but I was able to get it done. Admittedly, it took me much longer than most people...probably about 30 hours. However, I really took my time, constantly reviewed the notes I had printed out and did it without buying any special tools.
Marking the old timing belt and pulleys with white-out and then transferring the marks to the new belt would be my biggest recommendation to anyone else doing this job. It takes the uncertainty out of this process. Because of the marks, it was immediately apparent when the new belt slipped a notch while trying to install it over the crank and cam pulleys.
I saved a lot of money and in the process, gained the confidence necessary to tackle just about any job now.
What brand of timing belt did you install in your Odyssey, Mitsuboshi, Gates, or others, I bought an Aisin Timing belt kit that has a Mitsuboshi marking on the timing belt and I want to make sure that this is a good belt before I install it in my 02 Odyssey.
There are a bunch of write-ups and tips on here just gotta search for them. I think the biggest one is on a different site though but is referenced here. Try "DIY timing belt" for a search. There's also some Youtube videos on doing the job.
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