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Is it necessary to replace timing chain? 35,000+ miles/7 yrs old.
Yeah, I'm thinking the same thing.
I once inspected a timing belt after it had gone over 100,000 miles. I twisted it inside out looking for wear or cracks....nothing.
Still, sometimes the lower seal can fail and it could be sitting in oil. You just never know.
If I was the owner of a V-6 2007 Accord with those low miles, I would probably just take a chance and replace it around the ten year mark. A chance perhaps, but not much of one.
That sounds pretty early to change a timing chain . Of course, if there's some kind of issue with the chain then you should, but I'd want a little more info from the dealer (than you've shared with us) about why they're recommending it.
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Is this a 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder? If it's a 4-cylinder, timing chains are not a maintenance item. Your dealer shouldn't be suggesting a change, unless it's related to another problem.
If it's the 6-cylinder, then it will have to be done, eventually, but the interval is somewhere around 90K miles. While some might suggest that time is a factor, in addition to mileage, I think 35K miles is ridiculous.
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Well, Honda does say to replace timing belts at 105,000 miles or every seven years.
If it's a four cylinder, it uses a chain and I have NEVER heard of replacing one of these.
If it IS a four cylinder, the poster needs to find a different dealer.
With only 35,000 miles if it were my car, I would push it another couple of years.
But, that's me.
The risk with the V6 and going beyond the recommended timing belt change interval is that the '03 Honda Accord V6 is an interference engine. I deliberately let my belt maintenance slide on my van and when it went out ~80,000 miles over the change interval, I got stranded and had to get a tow, but there was no engine damage.
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I don't put a lot of stock in the "years" over the "miles" equation, when it comes to timing belts. They aren't exposed to the weather, rain, salt, etc... like tires or fan belts. I certainly wouldn't be changing one at 35K miles and just 7 years old.
But, still waiting to hear if this is 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder... If the dealer is recommending a timing chain replacement? Hoo boy..
My Accord is a six Cyl. Thanks for your help.
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