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I'm pushing 60000 mi on my 2005 Kia Spectra5 and I'm looking to replace the timing belt. Does anyone have any suggestions to which brand I should be looking into? I'm looking at Dayco ($35), Gates ($43) and CRP ($70). Quality is a bit more important than price for me, since its only a once in a GREAT while purchase. I appreciate the support.

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All the brands you list have a good reputation - I'm happy with Gates.

Best use the kit which includes the idler and tensioner rollers, and assess the coolant pump while you're in there.
The coolant pump price is quite reasonable and would require doing all the work involved with the TB change if you needed to do it at a later stage.

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That's great, Thanks Ron.

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I'm pushing 60000 mi on my 2005 Kia Spectra5 and I'm looking to replace the timing belt. Does anyone have any suggestions to which brand I should be looking into? I'm looking at Dayco ($35), Gates ($43) and CRP ($70). Quality is a bit more important than price for me, since its only a once in a GREAT while purchase. I appreciate the support.
Ah not really wishing to tell you how I know this. But CRP is in many cases a repackager of belts. Yes The company NAME at one time was CONTIENTIAL RUBBER PRODUCTS and was a soley importer of CONTI-tech belts such as might be in the box. But they CRP Industries buy BULK and box here in NJ USA. Many times CONTI does not make/offer the belt in the box in the first place. SO what is in the box is Goodyear/DAYCO/Gates/BANDO/Denso all premium belts overruns and even OEM maker at times if they can get them. So do not be shocked at what is in a CRP box. Only thing I might suggest is look in any white box aftermarket before you buy it and see what it is. IF you do not know the name or it is not a rebox of a brand name belt then pass. Do not know whom makes the $130 KIA oem one. But if it is BANDO then a white box BANDO with markings(in box) overrun $70 aftermarket belt is just that. It all really has to do with how much and whom you wish to deal with if it breaks due to defect. KIA or the after market maker/seller.
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