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Hello,
2005 Accent.
Going to change the timing belt.
Some people say I need to change water pump at the same time.
But someone at the dealership said thats very rare for an Accent.

How important is changing the water pump?
Do i have to do this or should I just trust what the dealership guy told me?

hmmmm...
:whistling:

thank you
Nikki
 

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you do not give the mileage of your car, but as its five years old if the pump has never been changed before it may well be a good idea to change while the belt is off, if you don't change it and a further 5.000 miles down the road the pump starts to leak it will mean stripping it all down again, but its your choice you could argue this issue all day long
 

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Oops sorry
the car has 32,000 kilometers.

Not sure which matters more with a water pump, age of the car, or KM driven
 

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It's common practice to change the water pump when changing the timing belt, because the water pump is behind the timing belt. It takes about 4 hours to change the timing belt. 4 1/2 hours to change the water pump.
 

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Well I was told to only replace it if it is broken, which it was not.

I'm wondering if it was truly necessary to replace the timing belt.
Everyone else I know, with other cars, replaced theirs at 100,000km
My car has 30,000 km and is 5 years old.

I wonder if I wasted my money.

I know people say, if the timing belt goes, the damage to fix it will cost
thousands to repair and better safe than sorry.

But with that sort of thought process, I should just buy a new car, cause who knows
what can break on the 5 year old ones.

I wonder if it was a dealership cash grab...

thoughts?
 

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In the US, they call for timing belt replacement intervals every 48 months or 60,000 mi (100,000 km) whichever comes first.

IMHO, it wasn't a bad move to replace the belt -- yes, you haven't driven enough km's yet on the original belt to warrant replacement when going by distance but for time you have.  The condition of the belt can deteriorate over time even though it doesn't see as much use so it still could have failed, resulting in significant engine damage.
 

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Hello

Yes I guess this was preventive maintenance.
They also suggested I change 3 other belts... Said they were dry and cracked.
A/C, Alternator and power steering.
They already had the timing belt off, so I saved labour costs on the other belts.
But when I got to the dealership I asked them to see my old belts.
And honestly they looked fine to me. Granted, I know nothing about cars or belts.
And had they told me I had to change the Photon Laser Id have said ok too... :p
But the belts seemed fine. Mechanic guy told me the back of the timing belt was already
becoming smooth and the lettering was rubbed off in places, but come on... I'm certain
those belts were good for years more.

Oh well :(

At least I can go another 5 years without worry.
 
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