95 Elantra - Timing Chain Broke - how much can I expect to pay for repair?

Discussion in 'Hyundai Elantra / Lantra' started by Umbrae, Jun 22, 2006.

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    Umbrae Guest

    Hi all,

    The timing chain on my girlfriends 95 (96 maybe?) elantra broke and I
    was wondering what the ballpark area to get it replaced/repaired would
    cost, including labor.

    I was quoted 700 dollars which seems ridiculously high.

    Many thanks all for help,

    Umbrae, Jun 22, 2006
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    Not at all ridiculously high. That car uses a timing belt, not a timing
    chain, which is why it broke. They are supposed to be changed every 60,000
    miles. How many miles on the car?

    When a car with an interference engine breaks a timing belt bad things
    happen. Valves and pistons come together in ways they were never designed
    to. They don't withstand that encounter well. It is most likely that the
    valve train on your girlfriend's car was damaged by the belt breaking. I
    would not be surprised to see a final bill significantly higher than what
    you're looking at now.
    Mike Marlow, Jun 22, 2006
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    hyundaitech Guest

    It's very rare for this car to strip or break a belt and not require at
    least replacing the valves. In the worst cases, whole engines were
    hyundaitech, Jun 22, 2006
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    Umbrae Guest

    I see.

    Well, not exactly what I was hoping for, but many thanks for giving me
    a clear answer. Hard to find these days.

    Thanks again, to both of you.
    Umbrae, Jun 23, 2006
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    pege Guest

    It's not very rare to strip or break a belt on this cars, but very rare to
    get a reasonable repair quote.
    Regarding belt or chain- some Hyundai in house developed engines have both
    (weird design), timing belt driving only the exhaust valves and a chain,
    connecting exhaust and inlet camshaft and driving the inlet valves. A broken
    chain will only stop the inlet valves which in some cases can be repaired by
    DIY expert. Repair shops will never re-pair such jobs and will only replace
    components and charge accordingly.
    A broken timing belt will stop inlet and exhaust valves and repair costs
    will be that much higher.

    pege, Jun 24, 2006
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    nothermark Guest

    It's not any more common to break a timing belt on this car than any
    other 4 cyl with a timing belt. Considering that belts are common on
    4 cyl engines and the maintenance cycle has been well known for over
    30 years I don't see what you are complaining about.
    nothermark, Jun 24, 2006
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    Matt Whiting Guest

    You really shouldn't post things that you haven't a clue about. You may
    actually cause someone to run a belt to failure and then need a fairly
    extensive engine overhaul rather than a simple belt replacement. On
    interference engines, running a belt to failure is a really dumb idea.

    Matt Whiting, Jun 24, 2006
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    hyundaitech Guest

    If this is one of the 1.8 Mitsubishi dohc engines, it's common for the
    timing belt to strip even prior to the maintenance interval. I've
    replaced stripped timing belts on these prior to the car reaching 25k
    (almost always with cylinder head work, too).
    hyundaitech, Jun 24, 2006
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    Rare to get a reasonable repair quote? What's reasonable? What's the price
    of a head? Or a valve train, even? A broken timing belt on an interference
    engine is usually a pretty major event. It should cost $200 to fix it?
    Mike Marlow, Jun 24, 2006
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