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Timing belt I noticed in the owner's manual for a 2003 Hyundai Accent that it is recommended to have the timing belt changed at 60,000 miles, except in California, where it was listed as an option only. Can you please tell me why that is? Is there any warning light that comes on with a timing belt, when it needs to be fixed, or does it just go out? I've had mechanics tell me that if you don't changet the timing belt at the specified intervals, it's like a "heart attack for a car waiting to happen". Is that true? Thanks,

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I really have no clue as to why it would be an "option only" in California, it's possibly because of a strange law or something, California has a lot of odd ball laws.  Anyways in many cars, a failed timing belt causes the engine to stall and fall out of timing, all you need is to fix it.  Unfortunately for you the 2003 Hyundai Accent 1.6L DOHC (I'm assuming that is what you have), is an "interference" engine, meaning that if the timing belt goes out, you will have pistons smashing into valves, causing major issues.  So better safe then sorry, get it done so you don't have to worry.  Most shops will charge around $250-$350, not an easy home job as you must lift up the passenger side of the engine to access the belt, and line everything up to TDC to ensure timing is accurate.  Hope this helps.

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    (after creating an account and signing in)
    go to "Service information"
    "Shop"
    from the drop down lists select:
    "Accent (LC)"
    "2003"
    "G 1.6 DOHC"
    left column select
    "Engine Mechanical System"
    "Timing System"
    "Timing Belt"
    "Repair Procedures"

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I had a belt problem with my hyudai,the belt is sold with a kit.by the end of the process you will be changing more than one timing belt,beware.....

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