timing belt replacement on 2000 Elantra

Discussion in 'Hyundai Elantra / Lantra' started by Larry, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. Larry

    Larry Guest

    Hi, I'm at the 60,000 mi range on my 2000 elantra and I am a little confused
    about replacing my timing belt. Owners manual says replace at 60,000 mi
    except calif, Car bought new in Ca and what does that mean, that in calif it
    does'nt need replaced at 60k. Just got the car smogged and ask the mechanic
    what that except Ca means and he told me that I don't have to do the timing
    belt until 90k-100k in Calif.He stated to me the in the calif the belt is
    made of a different materal and the replacement is extended. I can't find
    anything in the owners manual that states this. What is the replacement
    mileage on the 2000 elantra in Calif.I don't want to get stranded with a
    ruined engine without a 10yr-l00,000 mi warranty because I did'nt replace
    the [email protected]. thanks for help on this issue.
    Larry, Jul 20, 2006
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  2. Larry

    hyundaitech Guest

    All the belts are the same. I don't have an official explanation as to why
    this is, but I suspect it's a legal issue particular to California where
    they cannot force you to replace the belt to maintain the warranty. If
    you read the manual, it'll say something like "recommended but not
    required." The *recommended* interval for your vehicle is 4 years/60k
    miles, regardless of where it's been purchased or where it's registered.

    Furthermore, I believe the state of registration is what they're talking
    about. You should be able to get clarification from Hyundai customer
    assistance on this.

    As far as your timing belt goes, you should be concerned about breakage or
    strippage. You're in the 6 to 7 year range. I've seen belts on Elantras
    like yours strip at this age. Remember, the recommended interval was 4

    In any event, if your car is registered in California (or Hyundai tells
    you that you have some other connection with California that makes it okay
    not to change the belt), you need to consider whether the cost of the belt
    is worth the trade-off of having your car in the shop for a significant
    period of time for engine repair in the event the belt breaks. I don't
    think this belt will last ten years.
    hyundaitech, Jul 20, 2006
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