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I have come to the forum hoping for a bit of advice please! I have a 2003 cr-v done 70000 miles. Before Christmas it wouldn't start so got it taken to a garage. Apparently it had run out of oil so they replaced oil and filter etc and still didn't know what was wrong. Eventually they came to the decision that it must be to do with the valves or timing chain (engine light was on although I'm not sure what the code was and there was a rattling noise about a week before). They have started stripping it to see if it's the chain and apparently it has jumped. They have quoted £750 to fix it but have warned that they do not know if this will solve the problem and that there is a big chance it still won't start. They didn't seem keen on the idea of sorting it out. The compression tests showed the compression is good and there was no metal in the oil.
What is people's thoughts on this? Would it be worth fixing or would there probably be more internal damage? Any advice appreciated as I begrudge selling for spares/repairs if I could get it working. Thanks
 

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If compression is good and no bad noises are/were happening when last running I'd say it's worth a gamble to fix it. Sounds like the belt should have been changed on a time rather than miles basis, but at least you caught it before it totally broke.
 

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I think that you may find towing your rig to a Honda specialist (independent) will save you money. Not really impressed that they changed your oil and filter before suspecting that there may be a bigger issue. I always find it a red flag when they want to start throwing parts at the car with no promises. Worst case, you may be able to find a remanufactured enginefor around £950. Install time is less than a day.....
 

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It certainly sounds like chain has jumped but that will only happen if very worn and tensioner out of range (or broken) - which I'd say would be very unlikely in 70,000 miles unless oil has always been badly neglected and chain has stretched out of range. Do you think mileage is correct?
I've had to re-time a chain (align crankshaft with camshafts) and its fiddly at home but garage should have no problem. Error code was probably telling you about misalignment. I'd agree with others - if you have compression rest of engine probably OK. Change chain and you should be OK.
 
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