Well, I spent Friday working on Dixie's van. It has almost 100,000 miles on it so it was in need of a new timing belt, water pump and spark plugs. I have a good friend that was a mechanic for a few dealerships and he said he would help me get it done quick. I was glad he did because if you are off just a little with your timing belt you will mess your engine up and have to get a new one. I didn't want to have to do that. Anyways we met at the engine shop where I work and did it there. (It is air conditioned and has good lighting!) It went great and wasn't really too bad to do. Simon is a very meticulous guy and made me feel really guilty for my lack of maintenance on the van. We found out that some mice had took a liking to the engine in the van and made a nest on the intake manifold, the power steering fluid was low, the oil was a 1/2 a quart low, the spark plugs were due to be changed and he said it was pretty dirty. I told him I don't drive the van much and he should check out the engine in the bug. He's from England and mumbled something in proper English that I didn't understand. I told Dixie that she needs to take better care of the van and she said it was my job to do that. Hmm, Oh well, I guess I will do a better job. As always here are the pictures of my Friday. So, if your going to do a timing belt on a Honda odyssey you need to get a timing belt, water pump, a tensioner, both serpentine belts and 2 gallons of coolant. I would get these parts from the dealer. You may spend a little more but the parts are better quality. If you can get a discount on dealer parts all the better. I spent $316.00 with a discount. It's about 400 without. Still, it's money well spent. Honda's have an interference fit engine so if the belt brakes, you will be buying a new engine. Here are the parts ready to be installed.
Remove the plastic foo foo stuff that Honda puts on so the engine looks good and then you will need to remove the power steering pump. That is what is seen on top of the engine. Do not unhook the hoses, just remove the bolts and put it on top of the engine. You also have to remove the front engine mount. Make sure you support the car on a jackstand and then put your jack under the engine to support it when you remove the mount.