2004 Kia Optima changing timing belt - what else?


Old 07-01-10, 05:23 PM
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2004 Kia Optima changing timing belt - what else?

I have a 2004, KIA Optima, with 68k miles, 4 cylinder LX automatic with AC.

I read the sticky. Followed the link to Home - National Automotive Service Task Force, which gave me Kia Global Information System (KGIS) which is great for a procedure to remove the timing belt.

My question is, since I'm changing the timing belt, what else should I be changing? I already have the water pump, the drive belt (alternator belt) & the A/C belt. What else should I be changing?

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Old 07-05-10, 04:43 PM
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well, considering you are "in there", change tensioner pulley same time.
water pump is a good idea, though really premature, considering low mileage. if it's an interference engine, you'll have to do timing belt every about 60K miles, so 2nd belt change is about right to do it.
Old 07-06-10, 05:11 AM
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It is an interference (aka valve-bender) engine, so you'll want to pay meticulous attention to procedures for proper alignment of pulleys.
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