Timing Belt (Elantra 2001)

When is the right time to replace the timing belt. I was planning ot wait till 60K, my dealer is trying to sell it already at 50K. What is the experience.
1) The timing belt and 60K service is quoted at $1000+. What is the experience.
2) I got 30 K done (at 32K) for $400, the car was ready in less than one hour . I thought nothing was checked because I had to go for breaks and battery with in ~ 6 months or ~40K.
Shall I skip 60K and just go for timing belt, NOW or @60K
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The rule is usually 60,000 OR FOUR YEARS. Obviously, you are well past the four year threshold. And since an Elantra engine with a broken timing belt is an ugly thought indeed, you may wish to go ahead and have it done soon. But NOT at that price.
For comparison, I have a Kia Sedona minivan. Replacing the timing belt is MUCH more complicated in that V6 (virtually no room) than the Elantra's would be. The same would be true for spark plug replacement, which is also part of that 60,000 mile service. But my Hyundai/Kia dealership charged me only $750 for those two items on the Sedona - and it should be far less in the Elantra.
Admittedly, I change all my own oil, had already changed the transmission fluid (an easy job on a Hyundai), and replaced the air filter (also an easy job). If you could do those three items yourself, and maybe even the spark plugs (easy on a 4 like in the Elantra - NOT on a V6 like in the Sedona), see what the dealership would charge for JUST the timing belt. If it is a dime over $500, you should go elsewhere.
One more tip. If you do go this way, consider either buying or asking the garage who will replace the belt to buy a genuine Hyundai timing belt. It is probably the safest way to go.
But for better or worse, get it done.
Hope this helps!

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You need to find another dealer or a good independent shop. The belt should be change at 60k or four years. It does not, however, cost $1000 for the service with belt. You may want to consider having the water pump changed as the cost is minimal once the belt is exposed. A good shop will do what you need for about half that cost.
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:

A good dealer would, too. His dealer is obviously a rip-off artist. My dealer charges ~$500 for the timing belt/accessory belt/60K service. However, I did it myself for under $150.
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Replace the water pump only if you're *not* the original owner. Otherwise, the water pump is covered by the 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty.
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I'm actually getting my timing belt changed on tuesday and i was quoted $250cdn plus taxes. It sounds right because i have it done once before for $303 including taxes plus another belt was changed at the same time.
I've got 220,000kms on it and plan on keeping it another year or so unless it gives up the ghost...
what prive range is the water pump and is it really worth my while to get it changed at this point?
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At $110cdn for the water pump and .5 in time it's a no brainer to get it changed.
Total for timing belt and water pump should be in the region of $450cdn
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> GUEST wrote: > When is the right time to replace the timing belt. I was planning ot > wait till 60K, my dealer is trying to sell it already at 50K. What is > the experience. > > 1) The timing belt and 60K service is quoted at $1000+. What is the > experience. > > 2) I got 30 K done (at 32K) for $400, the car was ready in less than > one hour . I thought nothing was checked because I had to go for > breaks and battery with in ~ 6 months or ~40K. > > Shall I skip 60K and just go for timing belt, NOW or @60K
My trusted mechanic (not dealer) changed my timing belt for $325 out the door. Used a belt from the dealer which I think is a Gates brand. 02 Sonata V6. Dealer quoted me around $500 out the door.
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