Correct Maintenance of Timing Belt on Hyundai Santa Fe

The timing belt can fail prematurely; if it fails while driving, it can cause catastrophic damage to the engine. Be sure that the timing belt is inspected and replaced according to the manufacturer's recommended schedule.

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Average mileage: 110,627 (13,799–210,000)
Engines affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 2.7L V6, 3.3L V6, 3.5L V6
10 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2.4L 4 Cylinder 63,000 mi,
timing belt broke while driving. does it pay to fix
2002 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2.4L 4 Cylinder
when I start the car it makes a noisein the engine get louder when I push on the gas pedal
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2.7L V6 210,000 mi,
timing belt broke with 210000 miles on and tooh out cylinder heads
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe - 3.5L V6 72,000 mi,
After replacing the timing belt by a qualified dealer two weeks later a bolt broke causing the engine to need replacement. Grrrr!!!
I was driving, everything was normal then with no warning instead of shifting into the next gear my car just started slowing down. I didnt push it. No solution yet, it came with horrible timing pun intended
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2.7L V6 146,000 mi,
car just shut down while driving, lost compression. took out 16 of the 24 valves. cost 2200 bucks to fix. new belt and components, rebuilt heads, all required gaskets. GIANT pain in the ass.
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2.7L V6 160,000 mi,
Driving then the engine just shut off, later found out it was whole engine out..
2002 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2.4L 4 Cylinder 13,799 mi,
April of this year my timing belt prematurely snapped damaging engine. Had to have intake valves replaced and sealed...I love stick shift Santa Fe but now at just 114000 check engine light came on again this time saying po101 Mass air flow which was also just changed within the past year. starting to feel Hopeless at 114000 I should be able to go another 100,000 ~ Jenny Melgar
no comprression in cylinders
2005 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2.7L V6 110,000 mi,
Replaced all belts in November of 2013 and recently was driving it a couple days ago when the check engine light snapped on and stranded me along side the road. Found out today my engine is shot and we need a new one. Frustrating.... very frustrating!!
2002 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2.7L V6 189,099 mi,
Driving then it wouldn't go
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe - 3.3L V6 162,000 mi,
the engine check light begun to go on last week and stopped.Today it came back again . I was informed by mechanic that cylinder #2and #4 are misfire (the replacement of the coils did not help). The car was not fixed as yet as they not sure what is causing the problem. They suspect that might be caused by stretched engine chain.
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2.4L 4 Cylinder 138,000 mi,
Engine stalled and mechanic said it looked like a birds nest in there. Replace top of engine.
2009 Hyundai Santa Fe - 3.3L V6 56,000 mi,
Squeaking engine for 6 months... Hundai did not find any problem each of the four times car was taken in. Now at 56,000 miles, timing and drive belt needs replaced. Not covered by warranty.
2001 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2.4L 4 Cylinder 80,000 mi,
Used motor @nd a lot of money
2009 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2.7L V6 62,000 mi,
Fails to start and rough idle initially after start.
2001 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2.4L 4 Cylinder 100,000 mi,
1st Belt was replaced at 79,000 than my belt broke while driving 110,000 now engine is destroyed