Question about 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe
Our engine seized on Friday and at first the garage said they thought it was the timing belt but then they said it was the gearbox. If the timing belt had not been changed by the dealer during the service at the recommened time (a) would it cause damage to the gearbox and (b) i assume they would be liable for any damage to the engine as a result of their negligance.
A broken timing belt should not affect the gearbox. The dealer does not by routine replace the timing belt at the recommended interval due to the cost. They inform you that it is due and then you choose to have them do the work or not. Can you imagine that you take your car in for routine maintenance and then get hit with an unexpected 700.00 bill because they replaced the timing belt without your knowledge? Besides, they'll probably stand on the legal ground that the timing belt interval is stated in your owner's manual, and claim that you should have read it to become familiar with your car.
Posted on May 21, 2008
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