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#1 Old 07-30-2009, 02:42 PM
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I'm a new Hyundai owner and I just picked up an `08 Sonata GLS that has 36k miles on it. I love the car so far!
I am trying to figure out whether the engine has a timing belt or chain. I have the 4-cylinder. I have searched on this and I have found a lot of conflicting info. It looks like there was some sort of a change in 2006 with the engines, so I'd like to start a thread that will answer this question and maybe even provide info on:

1. How to replace the belt
2. Which components should also be replaced when this is done
3. Reasonable price to have this done a shop
4. Etc.

Thanks!
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Welcome Jeff. Try to conduct a Search whenever possible. As a new Owner you will have many questions, and

chances are they have been discussed before. In fact I see a Chain question just a few posts down.

Try to familiarize yourself with our posts. This is a great forum for Sonata & Hyundai information.

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Beginning with the 2006 model year both the four cylinder and six cylinder engines use a timing chain.
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm REALLY happy to hear that I don't have to worry about a timing belt at 60k now
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QUOTE (AustinJeff @ Jul 30 2009, 02:13 PM)
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm REALLY happy to hear that I don't have to worry about a timing belt at 60k now
Until you get to 75K, then look out...
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I believe you're referring to the chain tensioner TSB for the 3.3 motors, jezushadlonghair? AustinJeff said he has an 08 4-cylinder motor, and I haven't heard about any chain tensioner issues with that unit. It's just some lucky early 3.3 and 3.8 motor owners....like me.....as far as I know. I haven't heard any chain slap yet in my 06 3.3, but I'll be listening for the tale-tale sign. It's good to know Hyundai is providing such good support for the known issue.

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I have an urgent question... my dad owns a 2006 Sonata GLS V6 Premium (Canadian model) and it is in the shop now with 96,000kms. The dealer informed him that the "timing belt" needs to be replaced at 100,000kms so he should do it now (for $900). I was certain, as confirmed in these forums, that the new generation Sonatas in fact have "timing chains". But my question is, do these timing chains need to be replaced as well? I thought the point of the chain was longevity and lack of maintenance. I cannot find a straight answer online anywhere.

Do the timin belts require replacement and at what interval? Please respond ASAP. Thanks!!
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What size is your motor?

Did you look in the owners manual? All that information is in there.

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Just another greedy-ast dealer trying to scam your Dad. 2006 and later Sonatas have timing chains, not belts. Both I4 and V6.

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Tell the dealer that if there is a problem with the timing CHAIN it is not a maintenance item and should be replaced free of charge under the 5 year/100,000 km warranty.
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