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Timing Belt Life, Max Km Or Max Time In Years?

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This is my first thread here.

I own a Kia Rio 2011 with 36000 Km on the clock, it's been well serviced and mantained.

I read somewhere timing belt mast be replaced every 90000 Ml or every 5 years, whichever comes first. As the car is 8 years old, but far from being driven 90000 Ml, is it over due for TB replacement?

This issue is killing me and I'll be so grateful for the right answer.

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.... I read somewhere ....
The only 'somewhere' that matters is the owner's manual for your vehicle. If the spec in the manual is 5 years, then yes you are way overdue for a new belt (and if so, replace all the other components in the loop as well).
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From around 2010 Kia started moving away from belts to chains, so if your owners manual says nothing about belt replacement, then you've got a chain.

Standard replacement interval for the belt is 60,000 miles or 5 years whichever comes first, and if its a belt, you're on borrowed time for a belt failure and engine destruction.

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8 years old and 36,000km (22,000 miles).....if your budget is tight Id just change the timing belt.

Of course changing everything with GENUINE KIA parts is good insurance again a catastrophe failure on the road but as EPDM and neoprene belts do deteriorate with time, things like bearings in pulleys, belt tensioners and water pumps rarely go bad at 22,000 original miles.
( my personal experience with many Korean Daewoos and Kias is that they are designed to last way over 100,000 miles....Ive seen them last almost 200,000 miles ....not that Id personally let them go that long )

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G'day all.

This is my first thread here.

I own a Kia Rio 2011 with 36000 Km on the clock, it's been well serviced and mantained.

I read somewhere timing belt mast be replaced every 90000 Ml or every 5 years, whichever comes first. As the car is 8 years old, but far from being driven 90000 Ml, is it over due for TB replacement?

This issue is killing me and I'll be so grateful for the right answer.

Kind Regards

John
If I recall from other cars I have owned, the rule of thumb was 100000 km or 5 years. You could always take off the cover and examine the belt (if in fact it is a belt, as was pointed out) for oil stains and cracking or you could just do the replacement because it's cheap preventive maintenance.
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If I recall from other cars I have owned, the rule of thumb was 100000 km or 5 years. You could always take off the cover and examine the belt (if in fact it is a belt, as was pointed out) for oil stains and cracking or you could just do the replacement because it's cheap preventive maintenance.
I would strongly advise against making a decision on visual inspection of the belt - over the years there's been a few reports here where that hasn't worked out well.

Following the owners manual is by far the simplest, prudent and reliable approach.
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Sorry about the typo, I meant:

Thanks guys, I'll get some quotes for TB kit replacement

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Sorry about the typo, I meant:

Thanks guys, I'll get some quotes for TB kit replacement

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If you are replacing the original Kia (metal) parts at 22,000 miles ......be aware there are lots of inferior parts for sale on line. The replacement part might be much more prone to early failure than the original part.
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Thank you all for the answers. Ron1004 was spot on. My Kia Rio 2011 UB 1.4 L has a chain. PDF attached.
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I have a 2010 Rio LX with 155k miles on it and ordered a Dayco timing belt kit last year, along with a new water pump (Cardone Select) and thermostat (Stant IIRC). But it got cold before I had a chance to install it, and never having replaced any of these I didn't feel like spending half a day or more out in the cold, so I put it off till spring, which is nearly here (still not nearly warm enough for my liking though).

The car used to be my dad's and he didn't keep service records so I don't know if the belt or any of these other parts was ever replaced. When I do replace the belt, I intend to replace the tensioner, idler and seals as well, which came with the kt. But if the cooling system's running fine and there's no seepage in the pump's weep hole, do I really need to replace the pump and thermostat, or should I wait till a check engine light comes on and then do it?

Yeah, I know, cheap insurance, but I flushed and replaced the coolant last fall and don't relish the thought of draining it again, plus the thermostat's a pain to get to on the Rio. And unlike TBs, when a pump or thermostat fails, you'll know it before catastrophic damage happens and have a little time to pull over and shut things off before it does.
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