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Timing belt: is it on the 90,000 mile maint.

(2004 Hyundai Tiburon)
in Oroville, CA on March 22, 2010
I took my tib in to get the oil changed and included the routine maint. I thought it included adjusting the timing chain/belt. When I picked it up, it made a funny noise, but no one but me heard it. A week later, everyone could hear it, so I took it back, and the timing belt needs replacing, and I'm now told, it wasn't on the routine maintenance list, nobody touched it. I was questioning that maybe they adjusted it in the wrong direction, since now it is loose,because before the maint, there wasn't a problem. I realize we all make mistakes, I just don't think I should have to pay for it. This is going to cost $1100 to replace. So, my question is, is adjusting the timing belt on the scheduled maint. and could they have caused the problem. Thank you!
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on March 22, 2010
Routine maintenance never includes timing belt adjustment as they are not adjustable You can check repair prices here www.repairpal.com/estimator and find a shop here www.repairpal.com/directory
on April 13, 2011
You can adjust the timing belt by loosing the adjuster and allowing it to take up the slack. But the truth is if it needed adjusting, it needed replacing. It was originally installed and adjusted and as long as the belt is good it will stay that way. When the belt gets near it's life's end it will become loose as the integrity of the belt has been compromised. As the other gentleman said, it needs replaced. If it breaks, the cost will be much more then the cost of the belt. And almost all cars now have a timing belt and everyone needs to go through this. Don't blame the car, blame the owner for bad maintenance. The belt should of been done at 60,000.
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