car repairs


Question by  rose56 (36)

When is the right time for a Sonata timing belt change?

Is there a recommended schedule?


Answer by  hibpmgirl (2166)

Your owners manual should explain at what point you will need to check it. Timing belts are pretty hardy and last a long time, sometimes up too 100,000 miles. You can check it yourself for cracks or breakage. I would suggest that if it is looking bad to have someone replace it for you, off timing will destroy a car


Answer by  worker8852 (129)

I just rebuilt the blown motor on the 02I just bought over a few weekends. The timing belt replacement is not that bad. Since you've never done it before I'd recommend going to o'reillys auto parts if there is one in your area and buying a mitchell eauto repair subscription. I just bought one and paid $16 for a 4 year subscription.


Answer by  senthil34 (169)

the tensioner should have been replaced when they did the belt there is a tsb about this an if the tech knew what he was doing he would have also dont the water pump saves on time only the cost of the pump im my thoughts this is one they should be doing for free the belt was streched right


Answer by  Amber40 (24961)

Get a belt stretch gauge and see how much the old belts have changed. If they fall within manufacturers specification then they are fine. If not of if they are frayed or badly cracked, replace them.


Answer by  vineethmm (16)

You should change the timing belt in 60000 miles. Also you can see in terms of years. ie 5 years or 60K miles. Changing timing belts in the correct period is important

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