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Hyundai Santa Fe Timing Belt

tjg00tjg00 Posts: 5
I purchased a used 2003 Santa Fe December 31 2007 it had 59000 miles on it. It now has 65000 miles. Does anyone recommend getting the timing belt changed now? Please give me your thoughts on this.


  • It is a recommended mainteance item and a requirement if you want the 10 warranty to be valid. I am not sure if the 10 year warranty transfers on the sale of a used vehicle.
  • I am a stay at home mom & in need of a car. I found an '03 Santa Fe for $4500. It has 97K miles. I have the cash to pay for it. Does it seem like a prudent buy? Do Hyundai's last 200k?

    HELP! :confuse:
  • tjg00tjg00 Posts: 5
    Unfortunately, the warranty only applies to the original owner. Where I purchased the vehicle only gives you a 90 day warranty or 3000 miles whichever comes first. There is nothing wrong with the timing belt i just dont want it to go out and take the whole engine.

    I love my santa fe especially with having two kids however it is a gas hog.
  • Did you get an owner's manual with it? The manual states that at 60,000 miles, you should have it replaced. Unless, for some reason, you live in California. :confuse:
  • Use to figure out what its worth. You would need to know the trim level (base, GLS or LX), if it has any major options (sunroof or whatever), and its overall condition. KBB lists a base automatic model in fair condition at $7000 See if you can take it to a service garage and have them give it a once over to see what find of shape its in. You will probably have to pay them something since few businesses do work for free. :)
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,993
    KBB is the dealer's asking price, not what a car is worth.

    What is the "Kelley Blue Book" Price?

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  • Ok, ok. Using the Edmunds' True Market Value Pricing, the deal doesn't look as outstanding for a base model, but it still revolves around the condition of the Santa Fe. If its in poor condition, $4500 is too much. If its in average or better condition, then it looks like a good deal. In any event, have a reputable garage check it out before you buy. The mileage is definitely high.
  • cadmonkeycadmonkey Posts: 3
    I have a 2002 SF, I bought mine used in 2003 (16k) from an individual. Hyundai confirmed there was a 5yr/60k warranty. I had my timing belt changed at 60K as specified in the manual. I had a independent garage change it - at half the cost of a Hyundai dealer.
    I've had no problems with my SF, it's now got 85k on it. It has the 4cyl-5sp power train - never less than 25mpg. Just not a hot rod.
    The original tires were horrible for winter snowfall (Bridgestones), but after I put some Liberators on it-the snow was not a factor.
    Just my .02 cents.
  • I have a 2003 with 80,000 miles on it and have not replaced the timing belt. The engine runs great. Am I in trouble if I don't replace it soon?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,993
    The Edmunds Maintenance Guide says it should be replaced at 60,000 miles.

    If your engine is an interference one, then you are risking catastrophic engine damage if it breaks on you. If it's not an interference engine then the biggest risk is getting stranded somewhere or losing power on an interstate, which wouldn't be much fun. An owner should be able to pipe in and say what kind of engine is in yours. says interference for the 4 and the V6, but you should double check that.

    I'm, ahem, ~8,000 miles overdue on replacing the one in my wagon. :blush:

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  • How do I tell if the engine is an interference opne or not?
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  • espo35espo35 Posts: 144
    All Hyundai engines are interference engines. Your timing belt breaks- valves hit pistons.

    Mucho dinero.
  • im replacing the water pump in a 04 santa fe with 2.4L i need to know were the timming marks are to be placed
  • stushstush Posts: 62
    Have an 02 with about 70,000 on it. About how much am I looking to have it replaced? I also will be taking it to my mechanic buddy. If you please.
  • dick58dick58 Posts: 3
    I just bought a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe, V6 with 150,000. I understand that it has a timing belt that needs to be replaced at times.
    Question #1) I am a past ASE mechanic in all areas, but have not worked in the field for 20 years.
    Is this a project that I could do in the driveway?
    I have not checked into anything until "Now". I know some engines are VERY easy and others are NOT.
  • mikebutkusmikebutkus Posts: 16
    The smaller engines have timing belts. It makes the car cheaper to make. Then they'll hit you for $400+ for a timing belt at 60K.
    The 3.3L is a timing chain, same as the 3.8 Veracruze.
    I will never buy a car with a timing belt again. If the belt breaks, it will toast the engine for $2K - $4K. Even at 50K, Hyundai will not warranty a timing belt nor it's damage.
    Audi had to have an out of court settlement after their cars broke their belts and got $4K of engine repairs. That's after YEARS of court battles. Google it.

    The timing belts can be pretty easy to replace. I did two, a Chrysler and a Mitibishi. The Chrylser was a piece of cake. Just the one or two items in the front of the engine had to be removed. The Mitibishi was a nightmare... never again.
    The Federal Gov. should never allow a interference engine to have a timing belt. They can make an engine not be interference, but then the car companies won't make a fortune off them. Lots of places will replace them at less cost, but will they warranty the ENGINE if they do it wrong ?
    Many engines require lots of parts removed to just get to the belt. Then they have special parts needed to line up the gears.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Does it have a timing belt? If so, how often does the manual reccommend changing? My girlfriend is considering buying one of these.

  • i agree however until recently the chain needed to tun and overhead valve motor were noisy and not reliable to for years belts were used the issue aries with the interference part in order to get these cars to run clean the cam over lap needs to be in a way that the engine winds up being interference its a double edge sword but if you get 4-5 years and have to spend 400 to change the belt that s not so bad
  • I was reading your post. Did you ever find out how difficult it was to change your own belt. I am considering changing mine as well. I would be grateful for any information you could offer.
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