My vehicle stopped while I was on the highway at normal speed, according to the mechanic the timing belt had to be replaced. After the replacement, the vehicle ran for a few kilometres, made loud noises, smoking then quit. I had a 10 point vehicle inspection 3 months ago, but there was no mention of the belt. Was this the responsiblity of the service dept. to inspect and replace?
Timing belt damage to engine on 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe
by Ha001 in Abbeville, AL on August 12, 2010
ANSWER by dandd on August 12, 2010
How many miles are on your vehicle? What type of shop did the 10 point inspection? According to the manual, the timing belt is due for replacement every 60,000 miles. If your car has more than 60k and the belt snapped and damaged your engine, then that is a problem however, if the Dealer or a certified independent shop did the inspection they should have caught it, but if it was a quick oil change place, they really aren't trained to do so.
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