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Hyundai Santa Fe Timing Belt



  • I have a 2003 Santa Fe. The timing belt was replaced at 60K miles. DUMB question, but should I assume it needs replacement every 60K?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,960
    Yep, every 60k.

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  • How hard is it to replace the belt?
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    edited December 2010
    2006-2006: Limited; 6 Cyl 3.5L;
    2003-2006: GLS; 6 Cyl 3.5L;
    2003-2005: LX; 6 Cyl 3.5L;

    The Gates Catalog also carry timing belts for the 2.7 V-6's as well.

    Looks like the 3.3 engines get the timing chains instead of the belts..IMO a much better deal.
  • dashingwavedashingwave Posts: 22
    edited December 2010
    Don't just change the timing belt , have them replace the water pump and the ac, alternator and the power steering belts with the timing belt.
    Combine repairs and you'll save big and buy all your parts except the timing belt ( you want the shop to be liable if the belt breaks right away ) .Since all the labor was to get to the timing belt, no additional labor would be needed to put on the other belts .

    word of advice : don't ignore the timing belt change . I had a 1982 Ford Escort with a timing belt. I had no idea it had one or it had to be replaced ( stinkin car co's won't post a message on the engine warning about the timing belt ) . It had 67000 miles, it was 7 1/2 years old and one day I was driving it and I heard some noise in the engine and I kept driving for about 15 miles and then the car died. I tried starting the car again and again, nothing. Next time I hear a noise from the engine I'm stopping. Now I'll know it might be the timing belt failing and I might catch it in time. Don't count on hearing a noise, it might snap just like that and your car is out of commission.
    I'm not really upset about a timing belt change and the cost because I have to replace the water pump and the other belts at 60 anyway .

    re: the timing belt in the 1982 escort, me and my father changed the belt ( after the engine was re-bored and new valves installed ) ourselves using a Chilton repair manual. But the engine was already apart and it was easier to repair then.
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    LOL! I have a friend with a 2001 Toyota Corolla- 225k miles - never did timing belt.... pressing their luck though!
  • treo1treo1 Posts: 1
    ACTUAL MECHANIC, take advice from people like me...

    Hyundai technician

    so just you know, being some one who works at the dealership, we HATE when we have to do timing chains... belts are far more easily replaced, and way cheaper... on chains you pretty much remove the engine from the car.. or do it the harder way IN the car (removing ENTIRE front of engine(engine front cover), so if this CHAIN isn't under warranty.. you'll get charged something like 5800 bucks.. so i rather replace the 400 dollar belt at sixty thousand. any day.

    good day

    oh btw i've never seen a car.. have a factory timing belt detonate an engine.. IF it was done every sixty thousand, or according to manufacture specific mantainence schedules.

    just don't buy a suzuki..
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    by the time a chain needs to be done... isn't the car beat anyway? you would have to love or need it real bad to keep it at that point to want to spend to replace it... what's the maintenance interval on a chain?
  • My husband is undertaking the changing of my timing belt on a 2004 Santa Fe 2.7L. I have a huge power steering leak and he decided that if he's doing half the job anyways, he's going to do the rest. I am looking for accurate instructions specific to my make/model car. I saw them a few months ago, but now I can't find them... He is also planning on replacing the water pump and alternator while everything is apart. Is there any other parts that should be replaced at this time? Also when I had this done the first time(at a mechanic), I swore they replaced a belt, not chain, but now that I am price shopping parts, all I can find is a replacement chain??
    Thanks for any advice!
  • Hi, I don't have the manual I bought at hand but can locate it if needed. I had a large PS leak also last month. It was coming from the pressure hose at a connection about a foot from the pump. I found a good price at "". I ended up only replacing the rubber part not the metal part, was a lot easer replacing at the connection.
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    I was able to find a detailed description on removing the timing after more searching.

    As for the power steering leak. I need to replace all the metal lines as the lower pressure line is cracked and the high pressure line is scraped up quite a bit. But I found out we can bend new lines using steel brake line. Some of the rubber hose needs to be replaced also.
  • My engine died doing 55 last night. No noise. When I tried starter, it sounded like solenoid would spin. Hoping is fuel pump or engine fuse. But does it usually make a racket before it breaks?
  • You just broke a belt, just hope you didn't bend any valves. Don't try to start, as this may bend valves.
  • grampy1grampy1 Posts: 140
    Does the 2013 St Fe 4 cylinder have a timing belt that needs changing?
  • Thanks Dick, I did not hear any bad sounds when it died so am hoping fuel filter or something along sensors. But the scary part is way the starter did not kick in and if bad starter, would not kill engine. Course wont know till Tuesday. Thanks again.
  • I have a 2004 Santa Fe changed the timing belt at 60k that did not keep the engine from failing the other day at 109k . Timing belt , pulley etc all failed mechanic said never seen anything like that before . It ruined the engine oh well was 6 weeks from trading for new vehicle , just moved my time frame up a bit . Loved that car but will never get another one unless Hyundai re- engineers that engine timing belt issue .
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Loved that car but will never get another one unless Hyundai re- engineers that engine timing belt issue .

    New Hyundai's don't require timing belt changes any more, if I recall correctly. They all now use a timing chain.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    edited November 2012
    moving backwards on the timing chain vs. timing belt deal. My 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS has a timing chain, too, and I notice this is becoming a semi-universal standard now. Tell me VW also uses timing

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • I just had my timing belt changed by the dealer. I'm now getting a hi pitch whine when I accelerate which wasn't there before. Also, my engine cover is ow made do plastic, and I could swear that it was originally metal? Am I crazy?
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