The car has only 65,000 miles and no accidents. I have read other problems that the tensioners malfunction on these cars. Is this a well known problem about these cars? A timing chain should last forever, at least for over 100,000 miles. Before I go "take on" Honda, is there anything that Honda is doing about this apparent defect?
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Re: My timing chain slipped on a 2004 Honda Accord.
Your vehicle would actually have a timing belt on it not a chain. Honda recommends replacement at around 90k-105k (miles) along with water-pump ,tensioner and tensioner bearing, depending on climate and normal/severe driving conditions. they have had some issues with some of the hydraulic tensioners, 6 cylinder model, failing prematurely. Depending on the dealership ,and if you can show a record of adddiquate maintenance records (you have kept up on normal maintenance) and failure is not due to anything other than part failure, honda will most likely agree to a warranty of the part itself with you paying for labor cost due to fact of outside normal warranty specs.
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50K miles IS premature for a chain to break. They're pretty tough. Are you sure it's a chain? If it is a BELT, it could be old and broke due to age. They are a synthetic rubber and eventually they deteriorate over time.
You don't specifically state what kind of car your friend has, so I am presuming a 1998 Accord. That car should have a belt.
Either a belt or a chain can fail prematurely if the tensioning system fails. This will allow excessive slack in the chain or belt which will cause damage to the affected drive components. The tensioning systems can fail due to one or more of the following:
Lack of oil pressure, failed tensioning springs, failed pulley bearings, over-revving the engine for ridiculous periods of time, and failed plastic guide components.
Belts can also fail due to chemical contamination (oil or antifreeze leaking on the belt).
Finally - the water pump can fail which will derail the belt as the belt drives the water pump on many Honda 4 cylinder engines.
Are you sure you have a timing belt on 2004. Most new cars have timing chaines. I will check for you or just go to autozone or napa. they can tell you if you have a chaine or belt. In most car having timing belt., it can be changed around 120-140 k