Honda timing belts or chains?

civic
honda

#1

Does anyone know if the 2006 Honda Civic has a timing belt or a timing chain? How about the '07 and '08 models?


#2

I think after 2005 Honda went back to using a timing chain in the civics I can’t find any listing for timing belts after that


#3

That’s good news, as I’m buying a 2006, and I understand chains don’t need the very expensive replacement every 60 or 70K miles. Thanks!


#4

Consumers have wised up to timing BELTS and manufacturers are switching back to chains to prevent further loss of market share…


#5

Clever of them. :slight_smile: Just one of those belt replacements was enough to cure me.


#6

Actually, the sixth generation Civic only needs a new timing belt every 90,000 miles on the “severe service” maintenance schedule, and 105,000 miles for the normal maintenance schedule, not 60,000 or 70,000.


#7

Well, that’s not so bad, then. I’ll have to read the manual once I actually get the car. Thanks for the info. So does the '06 have a belt after all?


#8

I am pretty sure the 2006 Civic has a chain, not a belt, but personally, I don’t think having the belt changed every 90,000 miles is the big deal others make it out to be. On my Civic, timing belt jobs have cost me about $0.0047 per mile, and that includes the water pump and all of the other belts with every other timing belt job. Perhaps when you buy your car, it might be a good idea to prophylactically replace the water pump and belts every 180,000 miles or so. I would.


#9

I think I can live with that. I may not live long enough to have to do it twice.


#10

Better yet get your answers BEFORE you actually get the car ! Just to be sure.


#11

Personally, I don’t like timing belts…

But there are a lot more things to be more concerned about than whether a car has a belt or a chain. Things like does that model/year have a history of cracking engine blocks? Has it been recalled 8 times?

If your answer to questions such as that is yes, then perhaps whether it uses a belt or a chain should be a lesser worry…