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Old 10-15-2009, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought my tiburon for 2,500$ mint condition ... I spent over 3000$ on problems ... They put new japanize made clutch and changed all 4 shocks 4 brain new tire's oil change blah blah so on .... now the mechanic is saying that i have to change my Timing Belt and if i dont the whole engine will break ... Is this true or false He wants 600$ Canadain to replace it ... What yall think ?? he says the timing belt is ok for now .. its 5 speed 162.000 kms ....
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the timing belt should be changed every 60,000 miles or five years, whichever comes sooner. have you got written confimation of when the belt was last changed?

if this is uncertain l would strongly advise you to get it done, its not worth the risk of it snapping and causing expensive engine damage
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I bought my tiburon for 2,500$ mint condition ... I spent over 3000$ on problems ...
I would say that doesn't really qualify as "mint condition". Sounds like it was used up and previous owner didn't want to spend any more money on it.

Yeah, timing belt needs to be changed, but 162,000 kms doesn't really qualify as time to change it unless it wasn't done at 100,000 kms. You need to find out if it was changed the first time or not. It should have been done around 100,000 kms. Maybe there's some service records, or maybe it is written on the engine or on the hood someplace. I'd even consider calling the previous owner and see if they knew.

In a pinch, you can always remove the top timing belt cover and do an inspection and adjustment. It's about a 15 minute job. If it looks frayed or tired, then probably I'd do it, but if it looks good and tight, then I'd leave it until 200,000 kms.

$600 is kinda high, you could have it done at the dealer for that much with the water pump, pulleys, and seal included. Sounds like your mechanic is "having his way" with you. Ask him if he'll buy you dinner and still respect you in the morning.

I was quoted $225 last year just for the belt down here, but I did an inspection, and decided I didn't need it just yet.
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Dear bdog,

The Beta engine is quite easy to change the timing belt. My son and I as a tag team did his in 20 minutes, but we do have the tools and he had good supervision. Please shop around for a better price. This timing belt change can be done by any competent auto shop, not just Hyundai. If you have a mechanically inclined friend with timing belt experience, it could be worth your time and a six-pack of adult beverages to have him change this for you. The parts are only $70, so that means the rest of the Hyundai bill is for labor, shop supplies, and additional dealer markup.

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