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18k on my 03 Santa Fe should be ok with no timing belt change per expert media and repair shop mechanics(Massachusetts),but dealer says otherwise(my Truck manual is no help),should say to dis-spell all questions 60k or 5 years which ever comes first,The muddier is better for the dealer

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Timing belts are made of rubber(they dry rot) Most manufactures recommed replace all belts at 50K or 5years. Yours is 6 years old.Not a bad idea to replace if you are going to keep your car for some time.Broken T/belts result in bent vales 80% of the time resulting in very costly repairs.

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Is the 2002 hyaundai santefe a zero tolerance motor

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