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Hello, I have 2003 CR-V and my Timing Chain has failed after 56k miles. Why has this happened ? Charles

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    No one can reliably answer your question without actually looking it over. Generally, if not maintenance related, a failure like that is categorized as a material failure...simply that is when something that was designed to last a relatively long time fails early. Out of millions of items produced, this does happen from time to time. It's a machine...therefore not perfect!!

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The timing chain on that vehicle is designed to be replaced every 75,000 miles or so. Independent driving conditions and maintenance schedule can affect the life of the chain as well as mechanical failures such as poor lubrication.

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