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i have a 2000 Kia Sephia, with 60,000, should i change the timing belt? i have always owned old american cars and never changed one, but they were made of metal. How important is it toi change them? i have not had any problems with my car.
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I believe that at 60k miles its time to change it. Its pretty important to change it so you done have any issues down the road.

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if you dont change the timing belt it will break eventually but the great thing about that engine is that it wont do any damage to the engine so you can have a new belt installed and away you go

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RE:belt replacement. Actually most American v-8's and inline sixes used a timing chain that for me at least lasted the life of the car. I changed the timing belt on my '99 Sephia at 60'000 miles and it had at least 30,000 miles more left in it. And the car was @ 5-6 years old. So if your car has 60,000 and is only 3-4-5 years old I'll bet the belt would be good for 100,000 miles. i.e. it is a function mostly of mileage but also of the age of the belt. In the manual it specifies 100,000 miles for California cars. I think that it is a legislative thing. I would have gone to 100,000 if I had known how good it still was. speedster1
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Will the timing belt make any noise as it begins to go out on the car? I'm at 80,000 miles now and still haven't changed it, though it's high on my todo list.

I have a noise coming from the engine as I accelerate... it really kicks in nice and loud at 45-65mph, but is noticable really at about any speed. I'll take a short video clip and post a link to it tomorrow showing the issue at what speeds it does it at... hopefully you'll be able to hear the noise on there.
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If the timing belt breaks youve got big troubles. Its an interference motor which mean if the belt breaks bye bye motor!

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According to TSB TT020215-001 Dated 02 02 2001 Kia says that Sephia/Spectra & Sportages are not interference motors. All other models are interference motors.
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ok... here's a link to the video containing my car's sound issue...

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...01179173333185


as the speedometer hits 45mph and then the accelerator is reapplied, check out the strange knocking/tapping sound. I was just wondering if this was a sound anyone was familiar with, or had heard before. Any ideas are appreciated!

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Its interference a lot of ppl blow motors cause of not changing it.....

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i have a 2000 Kia Sephia, with 60,000, should i change the timing belt? i have always owned old american cars and never changed one, but they were made of metal. How important is it toi change them? i have not had any problems with my car.
I would go with the standard instructions in the maintenance schedule.

Most are every 80,000km or 5 years whichever comes first.

A failure of the timing belt results in the pistons hitting the open valves causing major damage.

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