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Old 05-03-2012, 09:37 AM   #16
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I'm sure you know this, but there's a big difference in the quality of belts - depending on who made them, and to what specs. You'll also see price differences depending on whether it's a new, or rebuilt, water pump. Some kits might not include the idlers, etc.


Personally, I would never buy something like that online. I'm fortunate enough to have an O'Reilly's Auto Parts nearby, but I'd still want to buy locally. Returns are easy, and it's good to have somebody to stand across the counter from in order to ask questions.
Thanks DRHicks, that does make sense, I sure don't want to have to go back in there if a belt broke or the water pump went bad.

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Thanks DRHicks, that does make sense, I sure don't want to have to go back in there if a belt broke or the water pump went bad.
I haven't changed a LOT of timing belts, but the ones I have changed, I've bought the best belt I can. There's just too much at stake for me to justify buying a cheapy. Plus, most of the time the change-out is a royal pain in the butt.

On the plus side, I have an old classic Volvo I've been restoring. Now THAT is an easy engine to work on!
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(although, I'm flabbergasted as to why they don't offer AWD in their cars, there's snow on the ground 5 months out of the year at our house and it would be nice to have).
The Genesis will have available AWD after its redesign, due 2014. Until then it's Santa Fe or Tucson if you need 4wd. Hyundai typically targeted the lower-priced brackets by not cramming all the latest technology and features into their vehicles. Now that their reputation is good, and they can justify a little higher of a price tag, you'll start seeing more expensive (to develop) things like AWD appear.

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My only gripes would be its a little low on power (I think I may have gotten one of the cams off a tooth when I did the timing belt, so that may be my fault), and the center console lid is really flimsy. But if that's all you got, you aren't doing too bad.
The 2005 was the last of the EF Sonata, before their new generation launched. Also the last Sonata to use the Mitsubishi 2.4L that has been around -in one form or another- since the 1970s. Things got light-years more advanced in '06 when they launched with Hyundai Theta 2.4 and Lambda 3.3 engines. My in-laws have an '06. Nice car.
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When I change a timing belt, I do what the FSM suggests. Most have a simple belt change, water pump at 60k, and a full service at 120k (pump, crank/cam seals, tensioner and pulley, idler pulleys).

The stuff I like at Oreilly's is the Gates belts/timing kits. I don't buy my waterpump there. Most of the large parts houses carry their store brand and either Beck/Arnley or Cardone. I don't like either of those brands, house brands tend to be a grade or two cheaper from those. I also don't buy alternators/starters there or Advance/Autozone.

AdvanceAuto does carry GMB which is manufactured in Japan. The timing components they carry are junk. I have had good luck with the GMB pump, but I prefer OEM if the car is going anywhere out of town.
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Out of curiosity, why do you not like Beck/Arnley? They market themselves as the creme de la creme of the parts world...
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I may be projecting my experience on the whole brand. But, I had a water pump for my Dodge Intrepid fail after only 1000 miles. It was driven by the timing belt and I had to pull down the front of the motor twice. Since they are priced higher I expected the parts to be better. Plus, they seem to have shorter warranties than other mfg's (60 to 90 days). I don't see the reason for a short warranty. If the parts are superior, then a longer warranty hardly costs anything.
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I have such a question. Kia someone mentioned the timing belt? This is a complicated and better take the car to a mechanic? Please reply.

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I have such a question. Kia someone mentioned the timing belt? This is a complicated and better take the car to a mechanic? Please reply.
If you aren't a fair mechanic you would do well to let a qualified mechanic do a timing belt replacement, if you mess up you could be replacing the motor.

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