Question about 1998 Hyundai Elantra
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.
Posted on Oct 23, 2008
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.....
Posted on Oct 13, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Most manufactures recommend changing the Timing belt at around 60,000 miles / 100,000 Km or 7 years, whichever comes first. They have been known to last a lot longer than that but it is cheaper to have it replaced than to risk critical and expensive engine damage if it breaks.
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