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Replaced my Carís Timing Belt
« on: July 11, 2017, 01:22:52 PM »
Hello fellow Mustachians!

Iím new to the forums, just wanted to share that last weekend I changed the timing belt on my 2007 Hyundai Tucson in my driveway. Iím not a mechanic; nobody ever taught me how to work on a car. Everything automotive related I learned from YouTube, internet forums and Haynes manuals. I originally started doing my own oil changes and other maintenance with simple tools, and over the years I have built up confidence to take on major repairs and a respectable collection of tools. Before the Tucson I had an Ď05 Hyundai Accent, and over the life of that car I changed the timing belt twice, did brake jobs, replaced the struts and other suspension components, did body repair, and a bunch of other smaller repairs that allowed me to save thousands of dollars and keep that car for years longer than anyone paying a mechanic could justify. Now the same is happening with the Tucson. The timing belt job alone saved me $400-$600 on labor. The best part is that this car is barely worth $2000 so it would be a tough call to spend 30-50% of the carís value on preventative maintenance, but an easy call to make when the parts cost $150 and I already had all the tools needed.

I challenge others to learn how to fix their own vehicles and embrace the savings! You can start small Ė an oil change just needs a wrench and a catch pan. Before I made ramps to drive the car up on (yes homemade) I used to just drive one wheel up on the curb in front of my house. That allowed enough room to get underneath the car safely with the catch pan. Your abilities will increase as your car gets older and needs further repair. Once you start, it will be hard to imagine paying anyone to work on your car!

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Re: Replaced my Carís Timing Belt
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2017, 02:15:40 PM »
Nice!  Timing belt jobs can range from half an hour during your lunch break (three cylinder Geo Metro) to seven hours of swearing (five cylinder DOHC Volvo).  Very satisfying and saves a ton of money though.  Good for you!

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Re: Replaced my Carís Timing Belt
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2017, 02:18:07 PM »
Timing belts are a decent sized job, nice work!  Did you replace the water pump & tensioner while you were in there?  Pretty common items to do as well.

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Re: Replaced my Carís Timing Belt
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2017, 10:53:47 PM »
Nice!  Timing belt jobs can range from half an hour during your lunch break (three cylinder Geo Metro) to seven hours of swearing (five cylinder DOHC Volvo).  Very satisfying and saves a ton of money though.  Good for you!

Thanks! Yeah this was a FWD V6 so not the easiest engine to work on. it was a full days job, probably about 8 hours including breaks. But if I were to do it again I bet I could save 2 hours that were wasted on things not explained (or blatently wrong) in the service manual. The first time I did it on my Accent it also took 8 hours, second time was about 5.

Timing belts are a decent sized job, nice work!  Did you replace the water pump & tensioner while you were in there?  Pretty common items to do as well.

Yeah I did replace the idlers, tensioner and water pump. Glad I did too since they looked original and were not in great shape, especially the tensioner. The water pump added an hour or two to the job, kind of a pain but probably worth it.

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Re: Replaced my Carís Timing Belt
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2017, 07:12:07 AM »
Well done!  I do 90% of all car repairs myself, but haven't tackled a timing belt yet.  I'm pretty terrified of fucking up my cars timing and trashing the motor.  I do take care of all fluid changes, and have replaced cv shafts, rebuilt starter and lots of small repairs etc.  I've got a Santa Fe which will be due for a belt in a year or 2, so I'll plan to attempt it then. 

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Re: Replaced my Carís Timing Belt
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2017, 08:11:42 AM »
Nice job.

The thermostat went out in my wife car. Dealership wanted $900 to replace. I did it Saturday for $50.

Feels so good.

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Re: Replaced my Carís Timing Belt
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2017, 01:34:35 PM »
Congrats! 

I finished a head rebuild/install on my MR2 last weekend. I outsourced the machine work to a machine shop (not something that can be reasonably DIY'd), but did the head reinstallation/etc myself. It is satisfying when it's done!