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Timing belt replacement - routine maintenance or replace it under warranty

(2003 Kia Spectra)
in Brunswick, GA on September 23, 2010
My car is due for its 60000 mile maintenance. The dealership wants to replace the timing belt as part of this maintenance increasing the total maintenance from $400 to $1100. I have an additional platinum Kia warranty that covers my car until it has 95,000 miles or the year 2013. The timing belt is covered under that warranty. Can I have it replaced under the warranty if there is not a specific problem with it? If not, do I replace the timing belt as part of the maintenance for my car? If I don't and then have a problem with it, will the warranty be denied because I didn't have it done as part of routine maintenance? HELP!
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on March 15, 2013
I have the same car. 2003 spectra. That is really expensive to change the timing belt. In Dallas I just paid 500 for the timing belt. That said, you should find a cheaper place but still get it replaced. We have an interference engine which means that if the timing belt breaks, we have to replace the engine. The interval is 60,000. My first timing belt was changed 100,000. I just changed mine this month at 162,000. Better safe than sorry.
on September 23, 2010
check your owners manual or auotzones web site for service intervals.
on March 05, 2013
............this is really old.
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