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#1 (permalink) Old 07-04-2009, 06:56 AM
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I have 2005 Rio. It has 52K miles. Mostly highway. The two belts (on the alternator etc) that I can see seem to be in good condition. No cracks. Is that an indication that the timing belt must also be in good condition ?

Any way, after reading posts here, I don't want to take a chance and want to have the belt changed as soon as I can.

People who have had the belt replaced, can you tell me what the cost was ?
Any recommendations where it should be done ? Does it have to be the dealer or can I go to Pepboys etc...........thanks
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Where do you live? Please fill out your profile it makes a difference. For all we know you live in the deaserts of No. Africa, but I doubt that as you did mention PEPBOYS.

No it is not a dealer required service, in fact I would recommend a Gates belt over an OEM replacement, better quality.

I would recommend an independent garage, rates are usually more reasonable, and if the mechanic is certified there should be no problem.

I also recommend replacing the idler pulley and tension springs, these are also available at most any auto parts store. Replace the water pump the next time timing belt is due for replacement, ie; 120,000 miles.

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BTW: When I got mine done it was approx $250, but I had other work done also ei; fuel filter, spark plugs, ect., ect.

Also did the new gas cap fix your previous problem?

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Another tip regarding pricing for labor. Stay away from the chains like PepBoy or Tuffy auto. Had a quote from Tuffy for a water pump replacement on a 350 cid Chevy van for $400 plus. Had an independent do the work for $50 bucks labor.

Get your quotes in a row.
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jcwit,
You have given my some very good advice. Thanks for that. I live in Cary NC and I have updated my profile now.
After reading the horror stories on the timing belt, I wanted to do the replacement as soon as possible since I have 52K miles.
This morning, I took off the four nuts that hold the cover over the engine block exposing the spark plug caps. Then I could see the four nuts holding the upper cover of the time belt. With a 10mm wrench I was able to free up the cover and pull it out by about 3 inches. I could not pull it up completely and I did not force it. I could see the top portion of the belt. It looked tight and no sign of any cracks. In fact if some one had told me that it was just replaced, I would not have argued. What I am trying to say is that it looked in very good condition. Now I will wait until a suitable time to replace it even it means getting to 60K or just over. That buys me about 18 more mths.. I fee much relieved.

About my previous problem on P0442/P0552 problem. The CEL light was coming on every about 80 miles. I pulled out the rubber gasket on the same gas cap and just reversed it. It's been 2300 miles and no code....Thanks again.
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Looks can be deceiving. Just change the belt and be at peace. I changed mine at 57k and feel good about it. My local dealer has had some fail at 35k!
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veerg, I would go ahead and replace the belt, if nothing else it will give you peace of mind.

Thanks for filling out your profile and am glad you got the other problem fixed.
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I know there is sticky on Timing Belt. People who did it themselves, could they say who easy or difficult it was. ? I have changed Water Pumps / Power Steering pumps on larger cars. How difficult is it to align the marks etc ?
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lining up the marks isn't hard at all. just make sure all the marks are lined up after you tighten the tensioner down before you start puting covers back on.

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Regarding the cost of the timing belt change, I have a 2005 KIA Sorento, bought used in March 09. The compressor for the AC went out last week (in the middle of the desert at 119ş). When I took it to the KIA dealer he mentioned that at 58,000 miles I was coming up on the necessary timing belt change and stressed how important it was and quoted me $626 which he generously had adjusted down to $562 and a spark plug change at $486 adjusted to $410. Are these prices out of line for the Sorento? The timing belt itself is quoted at $130 so most of the cost is labor (at $100/hr). I haven't owned a car that needed dealer servicing before so I just don't know if this is reasonable or what options may be available. Assistance / advice is greatly appreciated.
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I wouldsay that more than a little high--THATS HIGH, at least for my area. I'd first go to a couple of independent shops and get quotes and see what kind of money their talking aout. By independent shop I don't mean Joe Blow Wrenchem under the shade tree of one stall garage but a shop with certified mechanics.

Here is another place to get quotes that will give you a ballpark estimate.
Auto Repair Price Estimates | Auto Shop and Mechanic Ratings : RepairPal

BTW My cost for a timing belt, idler kit, fuel filter, and plugs came to $260 parts & labor.
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