2005 Elantra requires a second timing belt at 140,000 miles. We put
@18.000 miles/yr on the car and bought the car new. The first time I
had the timing belt and auxiliary belts changed. I did not have the
water pump done. This time I will have the pump done. Also had the
coolant drained and replaced and the trany drained and refilled. I
will also have the tranny fluid changed and replace the three
auxiliary belts. All work was done at a Hyundai dealer. Last time I
sent emails to numerous Hyundai service manager requesting quotes for
service. I intend to do the same this time. Last time I had almost a
two hundred dollar swing from high to low price. In my request for
quote I told them I was I was shopping for price and there was a big
difference from low to high. I am planning on having the car for a
couple of more years and go over 200.000 miles. Other than
maintenance and wear items I haven't spent a dime. Never missed an
oil change. The dealer replaced wires and plugs put at 60,000 at no
charge. The mechanic fudged the computer code and had it done under
the warrant. They fired the guy a couple of months later. I think
they found out he was doing this with a lot of customers. Work will
be done by a dealer even though I could probably have it done cheaper
by an independent mechanic.
1. Is it advised to also replace the idler and tensioner at this
time? I am planing on doing this or it a waste of time and money.
2. I will have the two radiator hoses replaced at this time as there
is a slow leak around one of the clamps. I don't know if it is due to
deterioration of the hose or just a loose clamp. I would rather not
take a chance on just having the clamp replaced or tightened. Is it
a good idea to have the heater hoses done. When replacing the water
pump is it customary to include new coolant in the price. If not do
dealers try to charge full price for a separate drain and fill as if
you went in for a coolant change?
3. Regarding the tranny drain and fill. Is there anything other than
drain and refill required? Internal filter, screen, etc. I did not
get the power flush of the tranny last time and I don't think its
necessary. Worth while or a wast of money?
4. I replace the tires last month and the tire people mentioned that
a rear sway bar mount was loose. Any thoughts on this. I plan on
having both sides done. Any idea on what this should cost and how
long it should take.
5. Wife's key remote got screwed up again. Last time it seemed
expensive (I think it was over $70.00) to purchase and do what ever it
is to activate/synch with the car. Any thoughts on how to get done
cheap or just bite the bullet and pay the charge? Any ideas on how
negotiable dealers are.
Any advice would be appreciated. Any thoughts on how low I could
negotiate labor hourly rate. My dealer in northeast Ohio is charging
$105.00/hour. We are a retired couple and want to get the best bang
for our buck regarding a vehicle. We are not adverse to purchasing a
new car if it was necessary or are ill advised to keep this one for a
couple more years. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.