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#18 of 43 Timing Belt
Apr 18, 2009 (12:16 pm)
I just bought a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe, V6 with 150,000. I understand that it has a timing belt that needs to be replaced at times.
Question #1) I am a past ASE mechanic in all areas, but have not worked in the field for 20 years.
Is this a project that I could do in the driveway?
I have not checked into anything until "Now". I know some engines are VERY easy and others are NOT.
#19 of 43 Hyundia timing belts
May 04, 2009 (3:22 pm)
The smaller engines have timing belts. It makes the car cheaper to make. Then they'll hit you for $400+ for a timing belt at 60K.
The 3.3L is a timing chain, same as the 3.8 Veracruze.
I will never buy a car with a timing belt again. If the belt breaks, it will toast the engine for $2K - $4K. Even at 50K, Hyundai will not warranty a timing belt nor it's damage.
Audi had to have an out of court settlement after their cars broke their belts and got $4K of engine repairs. That's after YEARS of court battles. Google it.
The timing belts can be pretty easy to replace. I did two, a Chrysler and a Mitibishi. The Chrylser was a piece of cake. Just the one or two items in the front of the engine had to be removed. The Mitibishi was a nightmare... never again.
The Federal Gov. should never allow a interference engine to have a timing belt. They can make an engine not be interference, but then the car companies won't make a fortune off them. Lots of places will replace them at less cost, but will they warranty the ENGINE if they do it wrong ?
Many engines require lots of parts removed to just get to the belt. Then they have special parts needed to line up the gears.
#20 of 43 2007 Santa Fe GLS 2.7 V6
May 20, 2009 (5:23 pm)
Does it have a timing belt? If so, how often does the manual reccommend changing? My girlfriend is considering buying one of these.
#21 of 43 Re: Hyundia timing belts [mikebutkus]
Nov 01, 2009 (4:32 am)
i agree however until recently the chain needed to tun and overhead valve motor were noisy and not reliable to for years belts were used the issue aries with the interference part in order to get these cars to run clean the cam over lap needs to be in a way that the engine winds up being interference its a double edge sword but if you get 4-5 years and have to spend 400 to change the belt that s not so bad
#22 of 43 Re: Timing Belt [dick58]
Feb 06, 2010 (3:40 pm)
I was reading your post. Did you ever find out how difficult it was to change your own belt. I am considering changing mine as well. I would be grateful for any information you could offer.
#23 of 43 How often do you have to replace the timing belt?
Feb 08, 2010 (2:28 pm)
I have a 2003 Santa Fe. The timing belt was replaced at 60K miles. DUMB question, but should I assume it needs replacement every 60K?
#25 of 43 serpine belt
Feb 09, 2010 (4:31 pm)
How hard is it to replace the belt?
#26 of 43 Re: 2007 Santa Fe timing belts
Dec 18, 2010 (11:06 pm)
2006-2006: Limited; 6 Cyl 3.5L;
2003-2006: GLS; 6 Cyl 3.5L;
2003-2005: LX; 6 Cyl 3.5L;
The Gates Catalog also carry timing belts for the 2.7 V-6's as well.
Looks like the 3.3 engines get the timing chains instead of the belts..IMO a much better deal.
#27 of 43 Re: 03' Santa Fe Timing Belt [stush]
Dec 23, 2010 (7:04 am)
Don't just change the timing belt , have them replace the water pump and the ac, alternator and the power steering belts with the timing belt.
Combine repairs and you'll save big and buy all your parts except the timing belt ( you want the shop to be liable if the belt breaks right away ) .Since all the labor was to get to the timing belt, no additional labor would be needed to put on the other belts .
word of advice : don't ignore the timing belt change . I had a 1982 Ford Escort with a timing belt. I had no idea it had one or it had to be replaced ( stinkin car co's won't post a message on the engine warning about the timing belt ) . It had 67000 miles, it was 7 1/2 years old and one day I was driving it and I heard some noise in the engine and I kept driving for about 15 miles and then the car died. I tried starting the car again and again, nothing. Next time I hear a noise from the engine I'm stopping. Now I'll know it might be the timing belt failing and I might catch it in time. Don't count on hearing a noise, it might snap just like that and your car is out of commission.
I'm not really upset about a timing belt change and the cost because I have to replace the water pump and the other belts at 60 anyway .
re: the timing belt in the 1982 escort, me and my father changed the belt ( after the engine was re-bored and new valves installed ) ourselves using a Chilton repair manual. But the engine was already apart and it was easier to repair then.