Question about Hyundai Motor 2004 Accent
The dealer wanted $450 to change the timing belt which seems ridiculous to me. I can obtain a belt for cheap, but don't know how to replace it myself. Can anyone help? How would I go about replacing the belt myself?
The timing belt is inside the valve cover. You have to remove the the valve cover gasket. Underneath that you will find the valves, the head (the top of the engine block). There is a pulley that is used to tighten the timing belt. The pulley is attached to the piston and valve timing. This pulley is usually marked as to where it should be positioned in relationship the timing of the pistons and the cam shaft rotation. This is what is referred to as stting the timing in the engine, and the timing of the distributor. Since your belt is broken the engine has lost track of its timing, so you might have to refer to a manual on your model of car to set the timing. You will also need to replace the valve cover gasket when you put the valve cover back on.
Posted on Dec 18, 2008
It is vitally important to change the timing belt BEFORE it breaks on these kind of cars, because they have interferance engines which basically means if it breaks you are screwed. When changing the timing belt (I would recommend the following)
(1) replace the water pump
(2) replace the alternator and other belts as they will need to be removed for access.
(3) check and replace the tensioner for the timing belt
Most good reputable independant shops can do this at a much better cost than the dealer. Just guesstimating I would put labor at around $300. That is based on a rough estimate of 5 labor hours. Could be more or less (more at a branded dealership)...
Posted on Feb 25, 2009
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