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Question Asked: timing belt + water pump repair cost
April 06, 2015, 12:51 PM
Hi, I have a Hyundai Santa Fe 2005 (3.5 GLS V6). It's milage is close to 120K. I guess I need to change the Timing belt. However, when I am approaching the repair shops for the same, they are insisting that I should also change the water pump. So after reading some of the online forums (which confirms what the shop told me) I gather that it is better to change the water pump. However, they are charging me somewhat in the vicinity of $1200 for both. But online I saw the the parts cost around $160 (for timing belt) and $60 for water pump, and the labor costs max $600 (approx). So together it should cost me not more than $900. But then why are they charging $1200 (approx) ? I live in Pittsburgh, PA. Any suggestions/opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Question Asked: Cold air is rushing in from the passenger side footboard. How to stop it ?
December 11, 2014, 08:44 AM
Cold air is rushing in, even when the heater is running, from the passenger side footboard. This gets bad when driving above 50 miles/hour. In a recent trip to Minnesota, the passenger side was getting cold due to air rushing in. This happened after the hyundai dealers put in the Hyundai warranted guards (which was done right before the trip). I took the car to the dealer who worked on my car, and they are saying there is no problem. But there is definitely some thing wrong. I have been driving this car since 2006 and I drove it in harsh cold winters of Minnesota and Pensylvannia, but everything was fine before they installed the guards. I want to know if while putting in the guards could they accidentally left an opening or what else could led to such a problem. I am at a loss. So if I get an idea what may be causing it, I could talk to the repair guys better. Thanks
Question Asked: Mechanical sound from the car when accelerating.
February 15, 2014, 06:34 AM
When I am accelerating beyond a certain speed (~50 miles), I am hearing a certain noise from the car. When I brake, for example when coming to a stop or light or driving at a slower speed, it stops (or I couldn't hear it). Initially, I could hear it from time to time, but yesterday, I could hear it continuously. I want to know if this is a routine things to happen for Hyundai Santa Fee (2005 model) and if so how to fix it, the cost of fixing etc. If not, any idea as to what could be wrong so that I can get a sense of what the machine shop would tell me and what could be a possible price range for the repair work. Thanks a lot for your advice.
Question Asked: Do I need a timing belt replace soon ? Mileage 109000 (approx)
February 04, 2014, 10:57 AM
I had it changed (Hyndai shop advised) when the mileage was 59000.
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