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Old 26 Jan 2013, 04:31 pm
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Default honda civic timing belt or chain?


i have just bought a2003 honda civic type s with 67000 miles on the clock and it doesn't seem to have ever had the timing belt/chain done. my question is does my car have a belt or chain and how often should it be changed?
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Old 26 Jan 2013, 04:46 pm
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Belt- Now
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Old 26 Jan 2013, 05:01 pm
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K20 motor. It has a timing chain. You change when it start making noises which maybe 160,000~200,000 miles when the tensioner goes.
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Old 26 Jan 2013, 05:18 pm
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belt. Chains are more common in 06 models and up
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Old 26 Jan 2013, 05:31 pm
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Kenny has the best answer. The 2003 Type S was only available in the UK and European markets and it had the 2.0L K20A engine with a timing chain. In the US the 2003 Civic was available with the 1.7L engine, which had a timing belt.

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Most likely belt.
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Old 26 Jan 2013, 06:01 pm
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Hi Mike

as it is a job that you personally should not do yourself it makes little difference so call in at a dealer and ask them they will tell you. If it is a belt then yes it needs doing probably about now. however if it is a chain it will wait a lot longer as chains do not wear as badly as a belt.

consult with a honda dealer on the topic.
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Old 26 Jan 2013, 06:16 pm
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If you're in the US, the Civic came is both the K20A 2.0 liter and 1.7 L engine. however, the Type S was sold only in the UK, so if you're not there, it is not a Type S. In the US, it was called the Si and it came with the K20 engine.. which has a timing chain. The 2002-2005 Civic Si was also the only hatchback Civic sold after 2000 model year in the U.S. If you have any other Civic from 2003 (and you're in the U.S.), you have a 1.7 L engine....which has a timing belt. Being that you stated miles and not kilometers, it's safe to say you're in the U.S. and yours is a U.S. Si model rebadged with a Type S logo. Timing chain is maintenance free and should last the life of the car. Many will argue with that but look at how many cars with timing chains that have been around for 30-40 years without ever needing replacement. Timing belts have to be replaced at 105,000 miles.
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