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Test drove the '06 Sportage I mentioned in my first post...loved it. Dealership was very up front about problem with rotors & hitch. Asked about timing belt today & was told they did not have that information from the last owner, so they have no idea if or when it's ever been replaced. They suggested we take it to our mechanic, before purchase, to check into it.

Our mechanic has said there is no way to tell if it needs to be replaced, if it's newer etc.


So...kinda stuck here...is there any way to know if a timing belt needs to be replaced by condition or the way the vehicle is acting?
 

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I know of no way to tell. The belt is pretty inexpensive, so I would say just change it out and start fresh, with what you know to be fact. You do not want to gamble on the timing belt on these engines.
 

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Test drove the '06 Sportage I mentioned in my first post...loved it. Dealership was very up front about problem with rotors & hitch. Asked about timing belt today & was told they did not have that information from the last owner, so they have no idea if or when it's ever been replaced. They suggested we take it to our mechanic, before purchase, to check into it.

Our mechanic has said there is no way to tell if it needs to be replaced, if it's newer etc.


So...kinda stuck here...is there any way to know if a timing belt needs to be replaced by condition or the way the vehicle is acting?
Your mechanic is correct - even a close visual inspection is unlikely to reveal fatigue cracking and age/time related degradation.
 

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Two options, make contact with the previous owner. This may not be achievable. Other option is to change it. If you buy, then make it part of the deal that they replace the timing belt.
 
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