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#21 (permalink) Old 06-15-2009, 12:56 PM
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Angry Timing belt Kia Rio replacement--not an easy Job

To all KIa owners--What ever you do, change your timing belt prior to reaching the suggested 60 k change.Perferably at 50k. Our local Kia dealer wants $500 and insists on a new idler tension pully and a water pump. The cost then nears the $1000 mark.Kias are like cheap Ink jet printers--they rob you in the replacement cartridges. Assume the normal milege 240k-that's $6000 dollars in Kia timing belt repair bills-life of the kia car :^(
Back to Timing belt change--My Kia did not break the belt but stripped a bunch of teeth, at68k, every value (16) bent. The head is very expensive to replace or repair-very time consuming and problematic. Kia engineers forget to make it easy for repairs. If you can rid your doomed car--get rid of it. The timing belt is forced to operated at exterme levels--thin and pushes two cams and worse 16 values. Suggestion to Kia---how about making the sprokets and belts wider,to take the load--you finks :^(

After having acquired a used head ($650), and KIA wanted $68CDN for a belt,the posted instructions appear to be easy, hell no!
Between the two cam sprokets,the author does not say,the pullys spring back from the timing marks and using two wrenches and 6 hands is a must.
The top belt portion must not sag and is really not for the novice.
Still speeding two weeks on the sucker,rIo sputters and kicks and the timing little off.Don't get fooled by some posters-it's an easy-1 to 2 job.
The dents in the cam sprockets-very misleading. Why aren't they directly over a notch on the cog sprocket? You would think,that KIA engineers would have matching hole inserts for alinment purposes ,by way of removel dowels,once job done.
To help some folks, to remove the pump,gen ,air belts and covers, put a jack lift under the eng pan and remove the eng support and disconnect the lower tranie and engine 4 bolts for lifting engine at angle. Must have is a electric impact gun for the main crank bolt. The generator belt adjustment is another removal/placement headache.
The belt placement onto the sprockets,appears to be another hell event--Your tould--don't bend the belt or kink it---yaah!
My next car will be a non-rubber timing belt car--Kia nice car but never again George in Toronto-never again--too dangerous being stranded on the highway
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Ok timing belt replacement on a sedona any Info or manuals around on this????

Oh and its a 2004
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Thank you for your instructions. They were very helpful! I have followed the instructions, and everything is back together on my Sportage. Though everything is back on, I am having trouble starting my SUV. After thinking about it, I believe i skipped step 10: "Then turn the engine clockwise until the "S" on the exhaust cog is facing that same dent on the backing plate."

I believe the "I" and "E" were aligned and left in the 1200 position and I did not turn the crank over until to the "S". Now, my starter turns over, however, the car does not start.

Does anyone know if not finishing by aligning the S in the 1200 position would cause the car not to start? If not - any other suggestions?

Thanks!
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WILL these instruction jump over to the optima 2.4 2004 model DOHC
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I have a 2000 Sportage with a 2.0 engine. I was going over 60 mph and the timing belt snapped, following the directions posted on this forum I was able to replace the timing belt on my own. Now my Kia is back up and running with no problems at all no bent valves or any other problems. There wouldn't have been a issue to begin with if who ever put the timing belt in before I was the owner had done it proper, as I was beginning the work I noticed that the fan belt as well as all the other belt where out of alignment, I reached down and was able to take the harmonic balancer bolt out with just two fingers, and when I pulled the balancer off the cog pin was wedge in an angle. so evidently who ever was the person who replaced the timing belt was a moron not only did the person not have the balancer seated completely they did not use a torq wrench. And to think this person who did the work is a paid mechanic lol..
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I am looking for step by step instructions to replace the timing belt in a 2002 Kia Sedona
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have you looked in the Kia Sedona forum on this site, you are in the Sportage part of the site, just a thought
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My wife's 02 Sportage had 155k on the original timing belt, it let go at 80MPH monday on the interstate. Used this writeup as a guide, used the Gates timing kit (comes with water pump, idlers, tensioner, etc), and the car was running 2 hours later. I'm grateful that this particular motor was one of the few (if not only) non-interference Kia motor!

It took me maybe 5 minutes to line the sprockets, piece of cake. I normally do this on Nissan Z cars, where you have to keep 4 of them lined up at the same time, so this was gravy!

Thanks for the good writeup. Its people that take the time to do things like this that make life great for everyone!
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We just put our "02 Sportage back together. It had 107k on it when the original belt started making noise. We followed the instructions, but now have a light that says cam position wrong and it hardly runs. We have replaced belts on a 97, 98 and 2000 and never had this issue before. Apparently it is still out of time. Any suggestions or ideas as to what we may have done wrong? Thank you.

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Its hard to say what you did wrong. If its out of time, your gonna have to redo the timing.

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