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2004 Kia Amanti Base 4dr Sedan Auto

2004 Kia Amanti
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Front Wheel Drive, 4dr Sedan, Large
17 mpg city / 25 mpg hwy
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June 26, 2012, 6:42 am

Mike H
 

Question: Timing Replacement Belt

My Kia manual says to replace the timing belt at 60,000 miles or 60 months. I've taken it to two mechanics who said I was throwing money away by having the work done now, as the belt shroud be good for 8 to 10 years and mileage is the more important measure of when the belt should be replaced.


July 5, 2012, 10:51 am

Elizabeth K
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It's kind of a matter of opinion. The manufacturer recommends the replacement interval, meaning the belt is highly unlikely to break before that time. If you're not at 60k yet, giving it a couple years to get there is not a huge risk. But if it does break, you're looking at some expensive engine repair. If you're willing to live with the risk, wait longer. If you hate risk, do it now. Here's another opinion:
http://www.justanswer.com/kia/5ih63-kia-amanti-absolutely-necessary-change-timing.html


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July 5, 2012, 10:52 am

Elizabeth K
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It's kind of a matter of opinion. The manufacturer recommends the replacement interval, meaning the belt is highly unlikely to break before that time. If you're not at 60k yet, giving it a couple years to get there is not a huge risk. But if it does break, you're looking at some expensive engine repair. If you're willing to live with the risk, wait longer. If you hate risk, do it now. Here's another opinion:
http://www.justanswer.com/kia/5ih63-kia-amanti-absolutely-necessary-change-timing.html


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July 8, 2012, 7:19 am

Mike H
 

Thank you, Elizabeth.
Mike Healy


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