2002 Sonata 2.7 Timing belt

Discussion in 'Hyundai Sonata' started by Plague Boy, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. Plague Boy

    Plague Boy Guest

    Just bought the 2002 Sonata XL with the 2.7L V6. It has 102K on
    it. I have flipped through all the service records and found:

    -oil changed about every 3000 MI

    -coolant changed twice/ three times

    -ATF changed once, powerflushed once

    -power transistor for blower replaced

    -the usual bulbs, air and cabin filters, brakes and tires

    However, Google indicated this is an interference engine and I
    find no indication that the timing belt has ever been changed.
    The manual is unclear on whether it should be replaced (only in
    California? Why? So the timing belt doesn't break while you are
    fleeing wildfires and earthquakes?) and at what interval.

    I found instructions online on changing the TB on the Santa Fe.
    I presume the Sonata would be similar? It's $300-500 at a
    shop/dealer, or about 7 hours DIY?

    I also don't think the spark plugs/ wires have ever been changed.

    I am planning on "going through" the car before I put it on the
    road. I would welcome any advice on what should be serviced,
    anything to check, what brands to use, etc.

    Many thanks to anyone who replies.
    Plague Boy, Oct 28, 2007
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  2. Timing belts should be changed at 60,000 miles. While you are at it, the
    water pump is nearby and saves labor later if you change it now.

    Many car now go 100k+ on plugs, but since you are going to put this in top
    shape, do it now and relax for another 100k miles.
    Edwin Pawlowski, Oct 28, 2007
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  3. In addition to the water pump, change the alternator, power steering,
    and A/C belts. IMHO the A/C belt needs to be changed every 60K miles.
    The other two appear to be fine for 120K.
    Michael Golden, Oct 28, 2007
  4. Plague Boy

    hyundaitech Guest

    The interval on the timing belt is 4 years/60k miles. I've never seen nor
    heard of one failing on a 2.7 engine. I suspect the language in the
    manual has mostly to do with the legality of refusing warranty service in
    the state of California.
    hyundaitech, Oct 28, 2007
  5. Plague Boy

    Plague Boy Guest

    I was at the Nissan dealer Saturday, and the Hyundai dealer was
    right next door. I stopped in and asked the service manager for a

    Timing belt: $425.00
    Water pump: $200.00 additional w/timing belt
    Diagnostic: $095.00 for diagnostic scan.

    The service manager stated the car has 150 sensors in it, and it
    would be hard to quote a final price on the repair of the check
    engine light.

    I think I'll do it myself, but if the Nissan dies before spring,
    I may rethink that. 8 hours is a lot longer when it's 15F :-(

    Plague Boy, Dec 3, 2007
  6. Not sure if Jiffy Lube has the DIY scanner kiosks set up but you can
    always plug in there for a lot cheaper than $95.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
    Thee Chicago Wolf, Dec 5, 2007
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