Does your Accord Have a Timing Belt or Chain

September 28th, 2017 by
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Does the Honda Accord Have a timing belt or timing chain? Learn this and more timing belt maintenance tips in this post from Patty Peck Honda

Which Honda Accord Models have a Timing belt or Timing Chain?

Maintenance is an important to-do for every car owner. There are the obvious things like fluid replacement, oil changes and tire rotations, but there’s plenty of things under the hood that need to be checked and replaced as well. One of these things is maintaining and replacing your car’s timing belt or timing chain. Often, even individual trim levels or engine types in a model may variate between timing belts and timing chains. 

Accord Year ModelEngineTiming BeltTiming Chain
Accord 1997 - 2002ALLTiming Belt
Accord 2003 - 20074 Cylinder ModelsTiming Chain
Accord 2003 - 2007V6 ModelsTiming Belt
Accord 2008 - 20124 Cylinder ModelsTiming Chain
Accord 2008 - 2012V6 ModelsTiming Belt
Accord 2013 - 20174 Cylinder ModelsTiming Chain
Accord 2013 - 2017V6 ModelsTiming Belt
Accord 2018 - upAll EnginesTiming Chain

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Difference between timing belt and timing chain

There are a few differences between a timing belt and chain. The overall function they serve is mostly the same. Both of these is responsible3 for “mechanical timing” in your engine. This is what controls the crankshaft, camshaft and further controls movement of pistons and valves within your engine. All of these moving parts must move at precisely the right time, or your engine will not work properly—if at all.

A timing chain, the older of the two technologies, looks similar to a bike chain. A timing chain works with tensioners holding the chain in place which are controlled by engine oil pressure. Timing chains last longer than belts, but if they do fail, are likely to cause far more damage to your engine than a damaged timing belt. A timing belt is a rubber belt that is held similarly by pulleys held by tensioners which are held in place using your engine’s water pump. These need to be replaced roughly every 60,000-100,00 miles. When a belt is replaced, mechanics recommend replacing the water pump, belt, and pulleys at the same time. Belts tend to be quieter and if damaged, will cause less damage to your engine.

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