According to US law, you are never required to have dealer service for
You do have to use a genuine Hyundai belt though. Buy it from the dealer
and save the receipt.
Some people replace the water pump at the same time. The labor portion is
the same do do the water ump so for the cost of the pump you potentially
save some money if you have early failure. OTOH, it is still under warranty
to 100,000 miles so the real risk does not cume in yet. Consider doing it
at 120,000 though.
I joined this group to review info on the models offered by
Hyundai....I just wanted to know, is this the correct interval for a
timing belt? Honda timing belt intervals are 105k miles or 7 years,
and have been for awhile (I've had more then a few). Just wondering
about the disparity in a major service for a vehicle.....
Most all of the new Hyundai models have timing chains now, no more belts to
change. They did give the interval at 60,000 miles though. If you go to
the Gates web site, they tell you what cars have interference engines and
what the recommended change interval is.
I suspect they came up with that interval for one of the following reasons:
That is what the belt manufacturer told them to do
Shorter interval = less warranty claims
Shorter interval = more work for the service department
If you do not change the belt at the proper interval, other parts of the car
are still covered under warranty as normal, but if you have engine failure
from belt breakage, you are SOL.
?>Most all of the new Hyundai models have timing chains now, no more belts
Worth noting if you bought the car and live in California NOT changing the
belt at 60k will NOT void the 100k warranty. For that reason I waited until
almost 100k to do the timing belt. The fact that my belt lasted almost 100k
makes me wonder if the 60k requirement is sooner than really necessary? I
wonder if anyone has compiled statistics for what percentage of belts break
at various mileages? Anyway, there you have it.
Age is also a factor, my 2001 Elantra is just coming up to 80k miles,
but the timing belt would have been 10 years old by now, it was
replaced at the 60k miles. Belts perish with age and heat related
stress as well as wear.
I can't explain why it is so, but it is. Take a look in an Elantra owner's
manual and you will see it noted as such. I was as surprised as you, but
it really is there in black and white. There are a few other California
peculiarities such as the rust warranty. Not sure of the specifics on that
one, but it seemed very odd to me at the time.
I don't believe you can avoid changing the oil, however the matter of the
60k timing belt replacement not being required in California is noted in the
Owner's Manual. Perhaps the State government required Hyundai to waive the
requirement and include it under the 100k powertrain warranty? I don't
know that for a fact, but there's some logic to it. In any case given the
cost involved it would be nice if the belts went away.
On 1/14/11 11:21 AM, Victek wrote:
The fact that my belt lasted almost 100k
I changed the belt in the 2002 Sonata I bought used in 2009, with 104K
on it. 2.7L engine. I didn't do it myself so I don't know what shape the
belt was in.
I don't think I will do it when it comes "time". At that point the car
won't be worth putting $1000 into so I will take my chances.
Benick makes a good point. They work together, thus the reason for the
interval. By having you change the belt at 60k, Hyundai reduces their
liability on the engine that has a 100k warranty on it. If they offered a
36k engine warranty, they would not care if you ever changed the belt
because they have no liability. Honda only warrants the engine for 36,000
miles. They have no liability if the belt breaks between 36k and 100k.
True and I have first-hand experience that Honda will NOT stand behind
their engines once out of warranty. I had a complete cam and rocker arm
failure (yes, all 16 rocker arms) on my 1984 Accord at 70,000 miles.
Honda's response was "out of warranty" so pay up. I had the car fixed,
traded it shortly after for a Plymouth Acclaim (which was a fantastic
car up until my wife totaled it a 146K) and haven't owned anything since
that said Honda on it. Won't even buy a Honda lawnmower.
I guess Honda showed me who was boss.
I guess it is a matter of experience. I've had 6 Honda autos over the
years, a couple of them in excess of 250k miles on them when I gave
them away to family members....I've never had any major issues with
any of them.
I'm looking at Hyundai as a possibility for a future buy.....timing
belt at 60k, which is a major PM, is a check in the "don't like"
column. Of course the warranty period is a check in the "do like"
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