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Old 05-22-2010, 12:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I see the timing belt is to be replaced every 60k... what are the downsides to holding off on this? I asked my mechanic and he said to just run it until it wears out and needs to be replaced. What do you guys think? Is this good advice? Apart from a voided warranty, what else is at risk?

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Downside.. your powertrain warranty WILL be void if you do not replace the timing belt @ 60k. That's not a dealer thing, that's Hyundai Corp. That's a pretty awful idea to wait until it wears out.

Would you do that for your brakes? Wait until you can't stop anymore, and then replace them?
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Old 05-22-2010, 12:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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A while back I remember someone on here that did not replace it, it went at around 70k I believe and all his valves were smashed because of it.

I would not recommend waiting.
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So I see the timing belt is to be replaced every 60k... what are the downsides to holding off on this? I asked my mechanic and he said to just run it until it wears out and needs to be replaced. What do you guys think? Is this good advice? Apart from a voided warranty, what else is at risk?

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So I see the timing belt is to be replaced every 60k... what are the downsides to holding off on this? I asked my mechanic and he said to just run it until it wears out and needs to be replaced. What do you guys think? Is this good advice? Apart from a voided warranty, what else is at risk?

THanks!
Get a new mechanic, seriously. It's a timing belt not a power steering or alternator belt we're talking about. If it breaks, you'll be looking at new valves, lifters, guides, maybe a camshaft or two, pistons and possibly cylinder bore damage if a valve breaks off its stem.

This is what will happen if you "wait until it wears out"


Happened on my 1991 Passat Syncro. I got EXTREMELY lucky because the belt stripped right when #2 exhaust and #3 intake (IIRC) valves were overlapping and I was idling. It didn't damage anything except my pride for not replacing it when I didn't know its mileage. This is a one in a million chance, most 20v 1.8t engine will bend valves.

DO NOT WAIT!!!
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I also got lucky when my timing belt broke. Like everyone says, do not wait. If your mechanic said to wait, either he has never worked on a car before, or he wants your money, and all of it. You really don't want to wait, like burnit said, you WILL be replacing a lot of internals if you do.
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So I see the timing belt is to be replaced every 60k... what are the downsides to holding off on this? I asked my mechanic and he said to just run it until it wears out and needs to be replaced. What do you guys think? Is this good advice? Apart from a voided warranty, what else is at risk?

THanks!
The possability of a total engine replacement is the downside to this strategy. I think your mechanic is a m*r*n for giving you such advice. Timing belts break when they wear out. This link shows the consequences of a broken timing belt on Kia Rio, which is more-or-less a Hyundai Accent clone:

http://www.kia-forums.com/236438-post5.html

I would replace the belt now if it is due.
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Another vote for doing it according to spec. It's just not worth the risk!

Even if it doesn't snap completely, you might lose a tooth or skip one, leading to rough idling, detonation, or pre-ignition. Ever had two stereos playing the same thing slightly out-of-sync? If you think that sounds bad, wait'll you hear an engine with skipped timing!

Just get it done. And probably not at that mechanic...
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Hyundai Auto Canada recommends every 60 mths regardless of milage My last car the tensioner seized...smoking
the belt...but it was a none interference engine Why dont they just put chains on these things????
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Why dont they just put chains on these things????
Fortunately they finally are beginning to... As Hyundai phases out their old engines the belts are going as well. *AFAIK, in the North American market at least, only the Alpha and Beta are left with a belt.




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