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Old 10-21-2011, 02:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm approaching 70,000 miles on my '07 Santa Fe GLS. I know that to keep it under warranty, the timing belt must be changed soon.

I researched repairpal.com and learned that $393 to $517 is the estimated range. It would be $633 to $868 to also do the water pump.

For those of you that have replaced yours, does this seem about right?

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Old 10-21-2011, 04:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The timing belt does not need to be changed to keep your warranty, but changing it @ ~5yrs/70K+ mi is a good idea.
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PoMan - If reemoe is the original owner, and hence has the 10/100 powertrain warranty, and lets the timing belt go until (ugh) it breaks and crashes pistons and valves, I doubt they'll look very kindly on that.

reemoe - The extra cost being quoted for the water pump seems excessive. I am guessing that you are trying to add two separate jobs. A water pump while you're already in there for the timing belt shouldn't add nearly that much incremental cost to the total job price since much of the labor for one should be covered by the other.
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PoMan - If reemoe is the original owner, and hence has the 10/100 powertrain warranty, and lets the timing belt go until (ugh) it breaks and crashes pistons and valves, I doubt they'll look very kindly on that.

Yep, totally agree.

But, things like the transmissions, wheel bearings and other drivetrain components won't 'loose their warranty coverage', regardless of the T-belt change interval. Although I wouldn't put it past a shady Service Adviser to try!

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I believe the schedule to replace the TB is 60k miles... Also on an "07" the engine is an "interference" type engine... If the belt breaks the engine is trashed and Hyundai like KIA won't cover ANY of the repair. I see on kia-forums all the time posters who did not replace the timing/cam belts crying about the costs because they didn't perform required routine maintainence on their cars...
The water pump usually can wait till the second belt is replaced (120k)..If it is not leaking... Have the mechanic check the pulleys and the tensioner ass'y also...as if they fail the belt will slip or break and it's engine time...
BTW the belts usually fail around 70~85k miles so you are sitting on a time bomb.
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I agree with the time bomb comment. I've seen them give up as early as 60,500 miles (no joke) so get it done ASAP or you'll be faced with a bill for a new motor.
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Actually, this particular motor is scheduled to have TB changed at 75k or 60 months, so OP is right on time.

I was wondering if the price quoted included the belt tensioner. I think this particular motor has a funky tensioner which should be replaced. Water pumps should be okay for a while, I only change them when they go bad.
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Our 2007 Santa Fe is in the high 60K range. I guess a timing belt is in order after reading about needing a new engine. Is this a possible DIY fix? Where would step by step instructions be found?
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Also on an "07" the engine is an "interference" type engine... If the belt breaks the engine is trashed and Hyundai like KIA won't cover ANY of the repair.
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Non-interference engines are the exception rather than the rule... a handful of Fords and not much else. And yes, you'd better believe that the damage caused by a broken timing belt will not be covered under warranty. Especially if it occurs after the recommended inspection/replacement interval. I'd get it done without delay.

For the benefit of other readers, we are talking about the older 2.7 engine only. The newer 2.4, 3.3 and 3.5 engines all use timing chains.
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Actually, this particular motor is scheduled to have TB changed at 75k or 60 months, so OP is right on time.

+1 to that.

For the 2007-2009 Santy 2.7's:

60mo/75K mi normal service
48mo/50K mi for severe service.

If you have a T-belt related issue any time beyond 48mo/50K mi, your average Service Adviser is going to try to wiggle out of having the engine related issues 100% covered by warranty. BUT.. you never know.

I'd have to challenge anyone to point me to a thread where a later model 2.7L Santa Fe (even before 2007) had a timing belt failure anywhere before between 50-75K mi.

Like we've talked about Ad nauseam over the years, being a valve-crasher, it makes good sense to replace the T-belt, tensioner and idlers at every T-belt replacement. It also makes sense to do the water pump while you're in there, but you can weigh the pro's and con's with that.

I know I've replaced them myself on 4cyl vehicles and had a water pump lock-up, causing all the teeth to shear off the T-belt on a 1984 Ford EXP. Good times. That one wasn't fun to replace in a busy parking lot.

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