On Apr 15, 9:53 am, firstname.lastname@example.org (---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
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 engine´s 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.
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
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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