Q: Paul, I have a 2002 Acura TL-S and the dealer said the timing chain should be replaced.
Michelle, not knowing the miles or the type of driving you do, I’d have to defer to the suggestion of the service department advisors. If you have doubts about it, go to another Acura shop and ask for an independent analysis based on symptoms, not what the other store told you. If they concur, you know the first shop wasn’t just pulling your chain and you’ll need a new one. It’s not an uncommon thing, though, so don’t be surprised if they match up. Cars are no different from your physician. Sometimes getting a second opinion helps you reaffirm your faith in those who are caring for you. It’s also another great reason why building an ongoing relationship with an authorized service department from the brand you own is the very best policy. No one knows the intricacies and foibles of the car you own better than the service folks who work on them every day. Thanks for listening and I hope this helps.