Timing belt,or chain

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Old 05-30-12, 12:50 PM
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Timing belt,or chain

I'm getting conflicting info on whether a 2012 Hyundai Sante Fe 4 cylinder, has a timing belt ,or chain.

What say you experts??

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Wow, that is ambiguous. Looks like it was a belt until at least 2010 but I can't figure out a 2012 either.
 
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Thanks mitch17 for your reply.

I did a search of the GATES site,but there wasn't any up to date info.

Had the same issue with my Honda Accord
 
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Best way would be to call you dealer service, but did you also check your service manual to see if it is listed for replacement around the 80 or 100K mileage mark. I am guessing that with the VVT now on the engine they may have gone to chain.
 
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The engine is a Theta-II 2.4Liter. It is a Chain driven engine.

Hyundai Theta engine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The original source is a Hyundai Motors training document that is not publicly accessible.
 
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As usual,i knew i came to the right place.

My son and his wife just bought the Hyundai.

My wife bought a Honda Accord in 2007,nice car,but the timing chain
business makes me nervous with all the precautions and concerns.

I drive a 2003 GMC V-8 pick-up truck

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If the 2007 Honda Accord is a 4 cylinder, it's a K-Series engine. Chain driven.
If the 2007 Honda Accord is a 6 cylinder, it's a J-Series engine. Belt driven.

Belts are just fine when maintained properly.
I had an old Civic with a belt driven D-Series engine that ran to over 250K miles before it was wrecked. Still ran great. Same thing with my belt driven Honda Passport (Isuzu Rodeo) 3.2 V6. Both took an afternoon to change the timing belt and water pump.

I've seen one or two belt driven Hondas snap the belt and NOT bend the valves. Instead, the valve put some divots in the piston. Backed them outta the shop with little more than a

There have been reported problems with the earlier K-Series tensioners. I've also seen a tensioner on a Saturn fail. Chain didn't jump teeth and the engine was able to stay running. The steel chain cut through part of the block.
 
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I let the timing belt in a '93 Prelude go and it snapped and scrambled the engine at 118,000 miles (had been replaced at 99 K on the vehicle so this one got me to 217 K overall).
 
 

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