Is there any way to tell if the belt has been replaced? I bought the car from a dealer with 70K on it and it seems to be well maintained but the TB repl wasn't done at the dealer, previous owner had most work done at a private shop. I know that I would pay for labor for an inspection.
Has the timing belt been replaced on 2005 Kia Sportage
by Bob23 in Huntington, NY on November 01, 2009
ANSWER by lawrenceg on November 01, 2009
If there is no documentation in the owners manual booklet or the vehicle repair records, it will take a visual inspection. There is a timing belt cover that will need to be removed and the belt inspected. In the end this may be a judgment call, and you will always want to err on the side of replacing the belt, since a broken belt will damage the engine badly.
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