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

Honda Accord Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2000, 2003, 2004

Engines Affected: 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 3.0L V6

Average Mileage: 129,114 mi (101,570 mi - 145,000 mi)


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.

  • Yackity, , 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 130,000 mi

    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.

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