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Hey folks....this is my first post on your forum. In May of this year I bought my 17 year old daughter her first car. It was a 2006 Hyundai Sonata with the 3.3 Liter engine and 97,OOO miles on it. The car was well maintained and I bought it for just under $6K. I was sold on the Sonata's reliability and safety record. In June, my daughter was involved in a head on collision, in which the other vehicle was traveling at @45 mph. The impact spun my daughter's car around 180 degrees. She was knocked unconscious for roughly 10 seconds, but thankfully both her and her friend climbed out of the car with just a few bruises. It was a very scary moment for both my wife and I, but the car had done its job....it protected my little girl and her friend. About a month ago I bought her another used car....a 2004 Hyundai Sonata GLS with 94,000 miles and powered by the 2.7 Liter DOHC six cylinder. It came from Oregon (I live in Rochester, NY) and it's pretty much rust free. The original owner kept up on its maintenance with oil changes, radiator flushes, brake jobs, new tires, etc. However, she never replaced the timing belt. I did the job two weeks ago and made a YouTube video of it. Unlike other instructional video clips, my 15 minute clip is like a Powerpoint presentation with just information and pictures. I did this so the viewer could take their smart phone or ipad into their garage (or driveway) and pause the video clip while doing this job themselves. It's not a hard job, but it is intimidating because of all the components that need to be removed just to get at the belt. Changing both the timing belt and water pump yourself will definitely save you some big bucks. I hope this clip helps someone in the future. Sorry for such a long post!:)

 

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Tried to watch, since parts have arrived and will start this week. Could not get it to play past about 5 minute mark. Tried several times, cleaning my cache, etc, and still stops at about 5 minute. Went to utube and it ran to about 10 minutes, but halts in same manner - reports error occurred and try later.

Any ideas, or is it working okay for others?

Appreciate the power point approach. Gives viewer time to proceed at own pace, or take notes. I hate those jerky YouTube videos where the picture never holds still enough for viewer to see what the creator is trying to show!
 

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Hi Dave. Sorry to hear about the video clip not playing right on your PC. It works fine on my daughter's laptop and on my work/eBay PC in my bsmt. Have you tried updating your plug-ins or video card software? Try downloading the free program: Advanced SystemCare 6. It's a highly rated computer maintenance program that can help get rid of some glitches on your PC. I use it on all of my PC's and it works great. Hopefully you can get the video clip to work correctly. I'm sure it will help you, just be prepared to spend at least 6 hrs. on the job. Nothing is too complicated, but it is time consuming. Don't hesitate to ask me any questions if you're in a bind...I'll try my best to help you out. Good luck!
 

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Almost always use Firefox. I switched over to Internet Explorer and after a couple of no-starts, the video played to completion. While browser choice should not be a problem, it apparently was.

Thanks for the video. Two brief questions I have...
a. You show applying sealer to the pump/gasket joint. Did you later apply sealer to the block side of the gasket also before assembly?
b. Did you by any chance also pull the alternator? If so where did you pull it out? My alternator recently failed so I will be doing all of this as one big project. Definitely not much clearance for alternator removal, but having the area stripped down for the TB job should help.
 

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Double check the label / writing on your timing belt.. there may have been arrows to indicate direction of belt rotation... I seen the writing on the belt as being installed upside down..

Leave the P/S pump in place,, flip the belt off, then when you raise engine a wee bit after removal of mount, use a 3/8 impact with 19mm socket and just run the pulley nit off, and slide the pulley off..

Alternator on 2.7 stays bolted in place during t-belt replacement... alternator replacement is a bit of fun, usually have to get RH outer axle section out of way to allow alternator to pass through opening and out wheel well.. Even easier when the frame is out for replacement and needs alternator at same time
 

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Thanks sbr711, I never knew a rubber timing belt or even a serpentine drive belt had orientation (arrow) marks. I've installed a lot of drive belts and a few timing belts in my day and never had a problem. By the way, does it matter which way you install a wiper blade? My mechanic friend from UPS laughed and told me not to worry about it. Hey Dave, I'm glad you got the clip to work. I only put the sealant on the new water pump...I did not put any on the block side. I never messed with the alternator.
 

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rubber timing belt
A timing belt is quite far from being a plain piece of rubber (just like tires and many more: I'm always amazed how underestimated these 'rubber' parts are in the common understanding of people). There's a fabric inside that is slanted inside the rubber coating. If it matters which orientation to use then there are hard to miss arrows printed on it (see pic).

serpentine drive belt had orientation.
these usually don't. Just like V-belts (but even there are exceptions).


does it matter which way you install a wiper blade?
Depends on the type of blade. On some it well matters.
 

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Shawman, thank you for the video on installing the timing belt. It was well done and must have taken some time to do. I am also glad your daughter was ok in the accident. I have 2 daughters and that would have scared me to death. They were both in a car, my oldest was driving and she lost control on a snowy road and hit a natural gas vent line. No injuries but the fire department said they were very lucky the vent line did not catch fire or explode. Scary stuff being a parent.
 

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Thanks e3tom for the information. I seriously never heard of this before and I DO appreciate the information. Like I said earlier, I've installed other timing belts and drive belts in the past and not one time has there ever been a problem. I think I would've noticed arrows on the new timing belt that I installed on my daughter's car, but there's always a chance I didn't. In the future, I'll definitely keep an eye out! Thanks rootzos for your comment. Our kids are our life and the world is such a scary place. Finding them a safe and reliable car may seem trivial to some, but IT IS important and I truly believe that the 2006 Sonata saved her and her friend from serious injury. Take care!
 

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Thanks for the video. I Will be tackling this on the weekend. Bought a 2002 Sonata V6 with only 123k on it (thats about 75miles) for 800$.

Thanks for the help!
 

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Thanks e3tom for the information. I seriously never heard of this before and I DO appreciate the information. Like I said earlier, I've installed other timing belts and drive belts in the past and not one time has there ever been a problem. I think I would've noticed arrows on the new timing belt that I installed on my daughter's car, but there's always a chance I didn't. In the future, I'll definitely keep an eye out! Thanks rootzos for your comment. Our kids are our life and the world is such a scary place. Finding them a safe and reliable car may seem trivial to some, but IT IS important and I truly believe that the 2006 Sonata saved her and her friend from serious injury. Take care!
FWIW, I used your guide last week in installing my timing belt and gatesTCKwp315 kit. I got the exact belt and can assure you that there were no arrows. I looked all over for them. When I installed mine, I just assumed that you should be able to read the writing with the belt installed, so I put it in that way with the white-out marks. I didn't even notice in the video that you did yours the other way till SBR711 pointed it out. Anyway, thanks for putting that together the way you did. It is so easy to "pause" the video and do each step in a methodical manner with lots of still pictures for guidance on where each bolt was. I figure I saved on the order of $1000 doing it myself and got a battery powered impact wrench as a new tool to boot!
 

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Nice. Is 2000 Sonata timing belt change a lot different than this?
I'm not sure I can tackle timing belt change.........if anyone can comment, i'd appreciate it!
 
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