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post #1 of 6 Old 01-18-2012, 05:34 AM Thread Starter
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2008 Honda Accord EX: Timing Belt or Timing Chain

I have a 2008 4 cyl, 4 door Accord EX. I looked online to figure out if it I have a timing belt or timing chain and it seems like there is conflicting reports as to whether it's a belt, chain, or hybrid belt-chain.

I have 85k miles and would like to change it if it's a belt.

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From what I know-

4 cyl=CHAIN
6 cyl=BELT

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Chain is worst.
Had my engine replaced due to broken chain tensioner at 51K miles
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All K-series Honda 4 cylinder engines have had timing chains since 2002. The J-series V6 still has a timing belt.

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Chains are generally more robust compared to belts . The most belts last is like 60-100K (I am not so sure if thats a real safe 100k or just to make the 100k mark) .

Rattmann your issue was not the chain, but a domino affect from bad VTC>tensioner issue .
Chains can and for most part last a lot more than 100K , after that point if wear happens they get noisy and then will need replacing . I am pretty sure chain stretching will cause check engine with Honda . This is in check by the cam and crank sensor checks .

Both chain and belt have there plus and minus area's but chains have good lifetime in general on most engines . Thats why a lot of manufactures and engines have moved to chains over the yrs .


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I have a 4 cyl Accord with 210k on it with everything original other than starter and alternator. I use mobil 1 synthetic every 4k and change transmission oil every 50k. My accord can go another 100k with no problem. Chain is the best!
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