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Old 01-31-2013, 09:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 2007 Accent Hatchback (standard)which I bought in 2006, It runs great with no major problems at all. I read some of the post and they say you should replace the timing belt or chain at 60k. Is this true? My car has almost 94,000 on it. My boyfriend wants to change it but why replace it if theres' nothing wrong with it? Any info would be great!!
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It's a belt, and yes it is true. You need to change that belt pronto. By now it is probably hanging on by a thread. A brand new belt and a completely shot belt work exactly the same- you will never feel any difference or hear any sounds until the belt snaps.

A good friend of mine didn't know she needed to look after this on her '02 accent, and the belt broke at 89,000.

When the belt breaks in these cars, the valves and pistons WILL crash into each other at high speed, resulting in major engine damage. My friend was given an estimate of $1,700 to get it going again. She wound up replacing the whole car, had to go back to making car payments.

It's not hard to change compared to other cars, there are guides with pictures on this website. Make sure whoever does the work also replaces the tensioner and checks the idler pulley, it may also need replacement now that you're up to 94k.
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It's a belt not a chain and the scheduled maintainance booklet (that came with your new car) calls for it to be changed at 60K miles. Listen to your boyfriend. Belts go. They dry rot and fail and there's no warning signs whatsoever
. It's a few hundred dollars to replace or a few thousand if it breaks and takes the motor with it. If you have it done make sure they do the water pump while they're in there.
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i would change that ASAP
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Way overdue, change it now!
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Black plastic cover behind the drive belts says it has a timing belt...
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I have a 2007 Accent Hatchback (standard)which I bought in 2006, It runs great with no major problems at all. I read some of the post and they say you should replace the timing belt or chain at 60k. Is this true? My car has almost 94,000 on it. My boyfriend wants to change it but why replace it if theres' nothing wrong with it? Any info would be great!!
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Definitely do it, if it's a good car, why play Russian Roulette with it? It's running fine now, but that is subject to change at any moment. I've seen Hyundai owners here have the belt fail in the 60k range, others make it to well past 100,000. You just don't know when it is going to snap... In any case, you're money ahead to just replace it.

With the poor resale value on these cars, repairing an older, high mileage Accent after a catastrophic failure is often a losing proposition. A few hundred bucks spent now can keep it from going to the scrap heap before its time.
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