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Old 05-05-2008, 08:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does the 08 elantra have a belt or chain?
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The 2008 Elantra uses the 2.0L Beta engine which has a belt. It's the 2.4L Theta engine in the Sonata that uses a chain.
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[b]The 2008 Elantra uses the 2.0L Beta engine which has a belt.* It's the 2.4L Theta engine in the Sonata that uses a chain.
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guess it would have to be replaced at 60k. Any idea what dealer charges for replacement, ballpark number.
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Well, the belt replacement is part of the 60K mile service which is about $700-800. To just replace the belt is probably about half that.
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My local dealer quoted me $475 for the inspection alone. Figure about $100 for the part and the replacement would run close to $600.

NOTE: My owner's manual said replacement at 60K miles is only necessary in severe driving conditions. Otherwise, at 60K miles, it's just an inspection. I think replacement would be at 80K or 100K check-up.

NOTE-NOTE: FYI. Dealer told me that the Beta 2.0L is an interference engine. Which means (for those that aren't familiar with the term), that if the timing belt breaks, there are no safeguards in place to prevent the valves and pistons from making contact (i.e., if the timing belt breaks, engine can/will be destroyed).
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For you technician types or someone who's already done this: can I get a DIY procedure for performing the timing belt inspection? The guy at the local quick lube place slipped up when I was asking for an estimate and told me it was just a matter of 4 bolts to get the timing belt cover off (and I assume to then perform the inspection). When I was looking under the hood this morning, it looks like he's pretty much right, except mine also seems to have a bracket or damper of some kind mounted on top of the strut tower bolt and it sits right up against the timing belt cover (oh, and I'm also assuming he didn't include the bolts for removing the engine cover). So any help/directions/pictures would be greatly appreciated!!
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