Defective Timing Belt Tensioner May Cause Premature Timing Belt Failure on Honda Accord

Accords powered by the V6 engine had a defective timing belt tensioner that could result in excess "slack" in the timing belt. This could cause premature timing belt failure, which could result in serious engine damage.

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Average mileage: 116,761 (55,000–145,000)
Engines affected: 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 3.0L V6
4 model years affected: 1996, 2000, 2003, 2004
8 people reported this problem
2 people shared problem details
2000 Honda Accord- 2.3L 4 Cylinder130,000
2000 Honda Accord SE. All services (including replacing timing belt at 90K mi) done at dealer on time. Car babied. 90% country-freeway miles. Timing belt broke before 45K miles on it. Engine ruined. Cost more then bluebook to fix (even though I was expecting at least 200K from freeway driving Accord). Honda's timing belt. Honda installed timing belt. Honda inspected belts during services. Either it was a defective belt or belt component, incorrectly installed or never replaced in the first place (but I was billed anyway). Honda dealer would not help. Said "all belts warrantied 10K" and wanted 3,500 to fix. Sold the car to dealer for scrap for $200. Should have asked dealer to see belt to see if it was OEM (in case they never did actually replace belt). Buying an Accord and spending the big $ on dealer services was the worse financial move I ever made.
1996 Honda Accord- 2.3L 4 Cylinder55,000
I replaced the timing belt but the tensioner needs replacement, the belt is too loose
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