Drive belts / Timing belt replacement

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Scott, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. Scott

    Scott Guest

    I own 2001 Elantra - 69,000 miles. It's been recommended to replace
    the belts. Which ones? Timing belt? Accessory Drive Belts? Both?

    Is it just as safe to have a certified private repair shop do the work,
    or must the dealer do it?
    Scott, Jul 5, 2006
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    Replacing timing belts is a common task requiring common skills. Any decent
    shop ought to be able to do it very well. There's no need to rely upon the
    dealer with the belief that this is a procedure which requires specialized
    knowledge, skill or tools. That said, the dealer can be nearly the same
    price as an outside shop and if there's no big savings at stake, it might
    make a good opportunity to develop something of a rapport with the dealer.
    Mike Marlow, Jul 5, 2006
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    hyundaitech Guest

    If you haven't done the timing belt, you should. It's time to do it based
    on time and mileage. The shop will need to remove the drive belts to get
    to the timing belt, so if they haven't been recently replaced, you should
    have them install new ones with the timing belt job.

    You can have any shop capable of replacing a timing belt do this job.
    This isn't a difficult or tricky timing belt to do, so that should be just
    about any shop. You'll also want to take an interest in the parts used.
    For something as important as the timing belt, you should insist on a
    quality, name brand part (such as Gates, Dayco, or Goodyear, or even a
    factory timing belt).
    hyundaitech, Jul 5, 2006
  4. Scott

    Scott Guest

    Thanks a lot... I'll start shopping it around. The dealer wants $579
    (total parts (3 belts) and labor))

    Scott, Jul 5, 2006
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    Matt Whiting Guest

    That sounds pretty steep. I'd definitely get a second and maybe third

    Matt Whiting, Jul 5, 2006
  6. Scott

    Scott Guest

    Found another quote from a shop that's highly recommended by some local
    folks here. They use belts from Mighty Auto Parts - it's actually 4
    belts in total... $395. I made my appointment for tomorrow morning.
    Thank you all for your reponses! I feel much more confident now.

    Scott, Jul 5, 2006
  7. Scott

    hyundaitech Guest

    You should be interested in whose parts Mighty Auto Parts will supply to
    the repair facility.
    hyundaitech, Jul 5, 2006
  8. Scott

    Scott Guest

    Sounds like Mighty Auto Parts distributes many different brands?
    Urghh... the repair shop indicated they would only replace the belts
    with the "highest quality belts... Mighty Belts, so we can warranty
    your work." They told me the belts they use are the only belts they
    will warranty and are as good or better than the OEM. I hope so.
    Scott, Jul 5, 2006
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    Paradox Guest

    As long as they will warranty it when the timing belt breaks at 80K and
    buggers up the valves, I say do it.
    Paradox, Jul 6, 2006
  10. Scott

    Scott Guest

    Turns out all 4 belts are Goodyear. The 3 drive belts are warrantied
    for a lifetime; the timing belt is only warrantied for 1 year or
    12,000 miles. Sucks, but when I called around nobody would warranty
    for more than a year (except the dealer, I'm sure).

    Scott, Jul 6, 2006
  11. In that case insist that they use a Hyundai timing belt. Otherwise,
    you'll void the factory warranty (Hyundai can deny the claim if you use
    an aftermarket timing belt) and risk trashing your engine. Your best bet
    is to go to the dealer, buy the belt and bring it with you when you drop
    off the car. The other belts are much less critical, so I wouldn't worry
    about them.
    Brian Nystrom, Jul 7, 2006
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    tom Guest

    The timing belt manufacturers; Gates, ACDelco, Dayco, etc. say the 2001
    Hyundia 2.0L is an "interference engine" which means the engine will be
    damaged if the timing belt breaks while the engine is running. So
    don't run the timing belt too long past the recommended maintenance
    tom, Jul 8, 2006
  13. Goodyear makes some of the best belts around. I wouldn't hesitate to
    use them.

    Screwtape III, Jul 8, 2006
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