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I don't know much about cars so I am asking for some help before I start calling around for prices.

Does my 2010 kia forte SX have a timing belt or timing chain? I am currently at 97,000 KM. and I am told from the kia dealership where I got my car that the timing belt needs to be changed and its going to cost 500 bucks to do so.

Can I get some insight on this please.

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Change dealership.......... 'cause it's a chain!

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When I read in the manual. I couldn't find anything that specifies if its a belt or a chain.
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definately a timing chain

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Really eh? So the dealership is trying to scam me BIG TIME? ughhh
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Even if it was indeed a timing belt, isnt 500$ a tad too much ?

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The car definitely has a chain. It's amazing that the dealer would try to charge you $500 to replace a non-existent part. I would confront them and then call your local TV station and tell them the story. How many other people have they ripped off?

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Here's some info on the ThetaII
Hyundai Theta engine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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It's a timing chain. Shouldn't need replacement yet but it should be inspected. I'd get a 2nd opinion from a good independent shop...

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Thanks for all the input guys. really appreciate this! I kept reading places that it has a belt , has a chain, back and fourth.

I am going to get a mechanic to have a look just incase.
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Really eh? So the dealership is trying to scam me BIG TIME? ughhh
Or they may have just been confused since they just switched to chains from everything being belt driven. COuld be a new guy, could be just giving you the 60k run down, ask him to double check before you go all out of proportion on them.

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Even if it was indeed a timing belt, isnt 500$ a tad too much ?
To much? If it was a belt then that just about right. How much do you think it should be? $200? The timing belts themselves for OEM ones are nearly 100, and then add the 3+ hours of labor, depending on car...

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Wow, slow down there fella, could be a mis-understanding. TV station? Really.

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My spec5 had a belt, paid only 50 for belt an 150ish for labour. I would say 500 is way over priced

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Was this at a shop or a buddy down the street?

Ive done them too on all my cars, and friends cars, (SOHC, DOHC, mitsu's, kia's, hyundia's...) I save money that way, but for a shop... I would charge at least 2 hours, sometimes more than that. And again an OEM belt is not $50. Well, maybe actually cost of original purchaser.

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I only used OEM Belts on my Beta's. Every one of them cost me $46. Book time for the t-belt is ~3.7 hours IIRC. Factor in a shop rate of ~$100/hr (the going rate here) and you're looking at $420 just for the belt and labor with no other belts or fluids.

As for the OP, if you have a Forte and not a Spectra, than you have a Timing chain. All Theta engines (2.0, 2.4) use timing chains. All Beta's (2.0, 1.8) in the older spectra/Elantra used belts.
 
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I would frankly take the day off say ok do the job. Install a dash cam in the car and ask to watch them do the timing belt.

Then I would take their ass to court and get a new car.

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