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    I’ve just reached 60000 miles with my 2005 Hyundai. I’ve been told that this is when I should replace the timing belt-almost $1000 to do so. The car is in very good condition and gets regular maintenance.
    I’ve had no problems yet wonder if this is a maintenance that I ought to have done now.


    Read your owner’s manual. I am not familiar with what type of timing belt Hyundai uses. Many or most cars use a reinforced rubber belt that drives the water pump, alternator, camshafts, power steering, etc. If your car has a non-interference belt and it breaks the car will simply stop running but cause no real harm . You have it towed and the belt replaced. If it is an interference engine and the belt breaks and the valves stay in place they will be bent by the piston and $1000 will be that start of your bill . ask the Hyundai service manager.

    Some cars, my Honda 2004 Element has a steel belt with a tension idler that is considered good for the life of the car but only a fool would not have it inspected at about 150,000 miles.

    Car maker list 60,000 to 90,000 miles replacement for rubber belts . Beyond that is a gamble. You may go years or not but my guess is you probably have some margin of error. DO NOT ask a friend, ask a reliable mechanic about your particular car. I would start with the owner’s manual then join a Hyundai Forum and visit a Hyundai service area. If you decide on replacement many auto repair shops can do the work, ask around, many for far less.


    I also drive a Hyundai, a 2008 Santa Fe to be specific. I had the original belt changed at 75K miles at a local oil change service for less than $200 at the time of a regular oil change. No disrespect to the Hyundai dealerships, but in our city, the going shop rate is $95 to $105 per hour. Plus you are paying for that fancy showroom and all the fancy bells and whistles they offer while you are waiting for your vehicle to be serviced. Just my two cents worth…

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