2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Q&A
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Question: Timing belt replacement
I have been told by my car dealer that I should have the timing belt replaced, because of the age of the car. I only have 33,000 miles. Should I do it, just on their advice? I thought I could wait until I had 60,000 miles. - Visitor
Rubber components will age even if they are not being "used". Also, there is always a tension on the belt even if the engine is off. I have replaced many timing belts with scary cracks on them - even before the suggested mile interval. Just ask some VW tech, they will know what I'm talkin' about... Don't take the risk, get it replaced so you won't need to worry about serious engine damage. Zee - ZeeTech
If they inspect thebelt, a it is worn, you should replace it. When my 2003 approached 70000, I was told to replace it to keep within warranty guidelines, ad I did. It cost a total of $425 parts and labor. Hyundai learned from this, by placing timing chains in vehicles 2008 and newer. - cryptorec1974
Bought a Porsche 944S with only 26000 miles on it. The belt was many years old though I figured it was so low mileage that I didnt change it... Big mistake it broke within 6 months of my purchase and caused all the Valves to collide with the cylinder heads resulting in a total valve job.$2000.00 - Visitor
Definetly get it changed. I got bamboozled with a simple raditor change at the shop that cost $900. Then said I need a new timing belt. I said forget it I spent too much money already and felt they were lying. Well they lied about the raditor, but my timing belt...Well, while driving on the freeway going off an off ramp, my car decided to stop. Timing belt broke and stopped the whole car. I brought it to a different shop and said I had a huge risk now of not having a working car if the engine didn't get messed up. Huge mess, I got lucky and it didn't stall the engine but it was yet another hefty bill. Don 't make my mistake. Get it changed! - Visitor
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...
I got an estimate for a timing belt replacement...the cost for a timing belt component kit is $443. Does this sound right? On another estima...
Several different mechanics have given me conflicting information regarding the need to replace the timing belt. My car now has over 130,000 miles and has not had any problems.
does any other items have to be changed when the timing belt is changed like the water pump,ect.