2009 with 23,000 miles, timing belt replacement
My dealer advised me to replace my timing belt on my 2009 Tucson because
the car is 6 years old. I think this is 'overkill' and would like to wait until I have
at least 60,000 miles before changing. Does the 'age' of the timing belt affect
its reliability? I only drive 2000 or 3000 a year, and do not want to waste
money on a replacement if it is not needed.
At the rate you are going, you will be replacing the belt in another 9 years or 14 years. Replacing the belt is recommended in 6 years or 60K miles. You can roll the dice and wait, but I would listen to your dealer. that's why it's called preventative maintenance. Have the belt changed by a local mechanic, you might do better on price.
Change it, I know there is some cost associated but it is definitely less than waiting out and taking a bigger bill later on if it breaks when you least expect it to.
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