Hyundai Elantra 2008

Does this car have a torque converter "lock out" at cruising speeds (like Toyotas do)? Also, does the engine have variable valve timing and
a timing chain (as distinct from a belt)? I'm trying to decide between the Elantra and a Corolla.
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On Apr 15, 9:53am, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (---MIKE---) wrote:

Transmission has lockup torque converter. Engine has variable valve timing. Exhaust camshaft is driven by belt from crankshaft. Maintenance interval is approx. 6 years/90k miles. Check an owner's manual to be sure. Intake camshaft is driven by chain off exhaust camshaft.
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Does this car have a torque converter "lock out" at cruising speeds (like Toyotas do)? Also, does the engine have variable valve timing and a timing chain (as distinct from a belt)? I'm trying to decide between the Elantra and a Corolla.
It does have a chain now. Older models had belts. Check them out and you will find the Elantra a better value.
From the Hyundai web site: Continuously Variable Valve Timing modulates the engines intake-valve timing relative to the exhaust valves. The result is improved power and fuel efficiency at all engine speeds, as well as smooth idle.
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All Elantras still use belts.
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Right, and that is mostly because that 2.0L engine, with the exception of some occasional re-tuning, has remained largely unchanged.
But tell me, Mr. HyundaiTech - is that belt a bit easier to change than some others, particularly like the one off the 3.5L Santa Fe listed in the post above?
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All Elantras still use belts.
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Absolutely. The 3.5 in the Santa Fe is the hardest timing belt to change, while the current Elantra is close to the easiest, if not the easiest. It doesn't even have a power steering belt to be removed.
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Yes, they do. I'd have sworn I read that they changed from belts to chains.
I do see that the Sonata 2.4 has a chain though.
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Ed Pawlowski wrote:

Yes, it does. I would not have bought it otherwise. I had one car with a belt and that was quite enough.
Matt
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