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Old 01-18-2012, 06:34 AM
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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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Old 01-18-2012, 06:43 AM
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From what I know-

4 cyl=CHAIN
6 cyl=BELT
- It is just a car -

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Old 01-18-2012, 06:46 AM
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Chain is worst.
Had my engine replaced due to broken chain tensioner at 51K miles
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:00 AM
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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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Dec. 1999 - May 2010: 2000 Prelude 5 MT, sold with 220,000 miles and still running great - gone, but not forgotten
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:06 AM
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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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