By Judie on
2000 Hyundai Accent L 2dr Hatchback
At about 57,000 miles the car stopped on me and a " new" engine was replaced a t Diamond Hyundai. They had it 5 weeks as they had to get the engine from Korea. Today at 138,000 which is almost 80,000 miles on the "new" engine I find that my car has done the same thing... just stopped. Both times ,the mechanic has said that the timing belt broke and that the pistons and values were bad. What is wrong with this fraudulent engine ??? oh and the last mechanic has told me that the engine put in last time at Diamond Hyundai is not a new nor manufactured engine. They lied and did not need to ahve my car for 5 weeks as it did not obviously come from Korea. Maybe the local junk yard.
The engine is not junk or anything wrong with it per say. It is called "follow your maintenance schedules" to the letter as far as replacing timing belts is concerned. These and MANY other cars have what is called and "interference engine" meaning that the way the valves and pistons open and close and the pistons move up and down, means that should the timing belt break while the car is running, it can smash the pistons into the valves and break the engine. It is done in the name of efficiency. Contrary to "non interference engines" which when the timing chain or belt fails it the car just stops dead. Replace the timing your good to go, no damage. So when your manual says "replace the timing belt at 77,000km then replace it or suffer the consequences. This is true of any vehicle. Change your fluids, filters etc. and the car will cost you less in long run. Your description tells the tale, you did not change the timing belt when you were supposed to, not the car's fault, it's yours. Next time read the manual there smarty.