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Have 2012 Soul +. Does this have timing belt or chain. I'm looking through the manual, and I cannot find any mention of servicing interval for timing belt. Google hasn't helped, but I did see one page (I cannot find now but was in my notes here) that for the 2.0 liter Soul the "beta" engine has a belt while the "nu" engine has a chain. Looking in there, I do not see a timing belt cover which most cars have. I just see the accessory belt. The sticker on the passenger side says "G4NACH006469 A12T" which I'm interpreting as an engine model specification. If there's something else I need to look at, let me know.

Can someone clarify and confirm that this is a timing chain car and engine?
 

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Funny how all weekend searching on my phone I didn't get good results. Come into the office on a desktop, I find what appears to be a decent answer on a sister forum:
https://www.kiasoulforums.com/threads/belt-or-chain.11333/
Judging by our VIN, the 8th digit is 6, which indicates Nu engine and means chain.
 

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Have 2012 Soul +. Does this have timing belt or chain. I'm looking through the manual, and I cannot find any mention of servicing interval for timing belt. Google hasn't helped, but I did see one page (I cannot find now but was in my notes here) that for the 2.0 liter Soul the "beta" engine has a belt while the "nu" engine has a chain. Looking in there, I do not see a timing belt cover which most cars have. I just see the accessory belt. The sticker on the passenger side says "G4NACH006469 A12T" which I'm interpreting as an engine model specification. If there's something else I need to look at, let me know.

Can someone clarify and confirm that this is a timing chain car and engine?
That is the confirmation that you do not have a belt.

From around 2010 all models switched from belt, which was an industry trend at the time.
 

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the 2.0L engine became a chain with the 2012 model. The 1.6L was a chain from the start in 2010 with the Soul.
 

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I appreciate your replies. Regarding the manual, ron1004, just because I couldn't find it, doesn't mean it isn't there. The further confirmation by people here helps.
 
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