My 2000 Accent Hyundai had that happen.
It has 180 000kms and the timing belt went.
I had no idea that was a repair you are supposed to do.
But it went, I had the car repaired because I didn't know better paid the $800 and my car didn't run.
Went back they said the valves are bent because of the timing belt breaking.
So my car is garbage.
I am angry to see that this is a fact with whatever kind of engine timing belt placement hyundai has.
I am angry that the garage would have made me pay to fix my car and not told me it was not just a possilbility but a probability.
I also want to mention I hate my car.
I would never ever wish a hyundai on any one.
It has had unbeliveable problems.
I have had to replace the wiper motor twice on the front wipers in 2 years, the back wiper I have not had repaired but it is dead as well.
The spark plugs kept breaking, it burns oil.
And the clutch broke.
It didn't go quietly no of course not it actually broke off and took out my transmition.
So they both had to be replaced.
It always has had something wrong with it.
Horrible car. Oh and the entire exhaust system.
That was nice when the car kept filling with exhaust.
I have repaired and repaired that car I do the oil changes and what ever else the garage people say
And it has been an unreliable money pit.
I have spent more on repairs than it would have costed to buy a better car in the first place.
On a separate note my other car is a nissan pathfinder
I bought it for just moving stuff around.
$5000 cnd it's a 1995.
Has over 300,000 kms on it.
I thought well I have my nice new car and a beater.
Well I have had that pathfinder for 3 years.
Only ever one problem a belt broke that cools the engine. $40 I am amazed and wish I knew that not all old cars are lemons and some new ones are.
January, 13, 2008 AT 5:08 AM
Timing belt failure can be dramatically, if not totally eliminated by adhering to the makers replacement schedule, Hyundai recommend that the timing belt be replaced every 90,000 Km or 72 Months. When any a customer of mine purchase a belt driven cam vehicule, I recommend that the belt be change, if there is no evidence that it has been replaced with in the schedule, Now you mechanic should do the same and also be aware of the engines that can and can't be damaged with timing belt failure, I would recommend that you find a mechanic who understands his job and is prepared to explain these things before you get burnt again. These will do damage and it can be expensive to repair as the last post has eluded to.