Question about 2004 Kia Optima
On smaller engines the timing belt should be checked regularly.When the belt breaks the camshaft stops turning and valves stay open at wrong time but the pistons keep moving and come up to top of cyclender and crash into the valves causing the first bit of damage.What I think happen to cause it to break again prematurly was somthing was still bent from first time causing resistance on belt which caused belt to break second time.These engines cant take that kind of abuse once never mind twice.I dont think second belt was installed wrong to cause this.Like I said the mechanic missed somthing bent or damaged the first time.But unfourtunatly this will be hard to prove.Unless you requested and still have old parts from first time work was done and can prove that it was mechanic neglegants.Good Luck.
Posted on Mar 21, 2011
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If your Kia motor has a timing belt, but the 8th digit in your VIN number has a 6, then you may be part of a class action lawsuit.
Obtain a picture of the VIN number (seen through driver's side windshield) and a picture of the left side of the engine.
In an email, type exactly the following in the Subject heading of the email or your email will not reach its recipient (no variation allowed)
Class Action KIA Timing Belt VIN
Then attach your 2 pictures in the email.
Then briefly explain any losses you incurred because of the wrong engine being installed in your vehicle and having a timing belt instead of a timing chain as was indicated.
The Doyle Lowther law firm is based in San Diego and has experience in class action law suits with KIA.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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