Question about 2004 Kia Sorento
First what year of Sorento do you have? The 2003 and 2004 Sorentos have a timing belt that is recommended to be changed at 100,000 miles.
It is a very involved process of removing and replacing. You will have to remove all of the drive belts, the front timing belt covers, (upper and lower). You will also have to remove the front bracket that is mounted to the front of the block, which serves as the mount for the power steering pump, the alternator and the A/C compressor.You will also have to remove the crankshaft pulley. You cannot remove the plastic lower timing belt cover unless you remove all of these things first. The timing belt is located underneath these covers.
The crankshaft pulling bolt is a right handed thread and loosens by turning counter clockwise. The pulley will slip off but is a very tight fit. Do not try to turn it while removing it as there is a small pin that keeps it aligned to one position. Use a small ball pine hammer to tap it loose.
It is also a good idea to remove the electric cooling fan shroud that is mounted to the inside side of the radiator and the radiator hoses to give yourself more room to work. It has only two bolts at the top holding it in place. And then slips into two retaining clips at the bottom. Lifting it will pull it out of these retaining clips.
When you remove the small bypass hose located at the top of the radiator , to the passenger side, be careful not to break off the small nipple protruding out of the radiator tank. It is plastic and will break easily if you try to pull the rubber bypass hose from it. This will have to be taken to a radiator shop to have repaired if you accidentally break this off. Be sure to carefully loosen the hose from this nipple before trying to pull it off. After you remove all of this, you will have full access to the timing belt of the 2003 - 2004 sorento.
I hope this helps.
Posted on Nov 15, 2008
2007 and 2008 sorentos 3.8 V6 have NO timing belts. They have a timing chain which is oiled with engine oil and out of site.
Posted on Aug 04, 2008
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