24th Nov 2013, 21:46

Almost all modern vehicles require the timing belt to be changed as preventive maintenance: Santa Fe every 70,000 miles, our Toyota Sienna every 90,000. Save future trouble by replacing the water pump at the same time (it's removed to do the belt) as well as a coolant flush. Failure to change the timing belt will lead to it failing and causing internal engine damage (when the piston and valves try to occupy the same place at the same time). Carefully review all the scheduled maintenance - it will save you $$$ in the long run.

5th Mar 2015, 06:42

I'm guessing you had to replace the motor because the timing belt broke. Replacing a timing belt is not specific to Hyundais. Make sure you check the owner\s manual in whatever car you purchase next, as unless it has a timing chain, it will also require timing belt replacement.

Do not blame Hyundai for your failure to read the owner's manual. If that is all that went wrong with your car, I'd say you got good service before neglect reared its ugly head.