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Feb 27, 2013, 8:55 AM

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Just purchased a 2007 Kia Sportage, 6 cylinder (sorry don't know engine size) with 59,000 miles on it and want to get it replaced. I called the Kia dealership (didnt buy the car there) and got a price of $500 and the service department told me it wasn't necessary to replace the water pump since they seldom go bad on that model. I am sure I can get it done cheaper at a reliable service station nearer to me and wonder if its a good idea to use an independent garage for this type repair and advice on whether or not I should replace the water pump at the same time.
One other thing....The Kia has new tires put on by the dealership I bought it from and they were manufactured in 07/2012. Each tire has a bump in it extending from the outer edge and going down toward the wheel rim about 3/4" in width. Any idea what this is about?
Appreciate any replies and assistance.

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Feb 27, 2013, 9:52 AM

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Re: Timing Belt replacement Sign In

As long as the independent shop has techs that can handle the job of something like that and they have a warranty on parts and labor, you shouldn't have any problems.

I recommend replacing the water pump, hydraulic tensioner, pulleys, and seals when you do a timing belt on one of those. Use the OEM water pump and tensioner. Gates sells the belt along with the pulleys. Use only Kia long life coolant.

Since we volunteer our time and knowledge, we ask for you to please follow up when a problem is resolved.


Mar 1, 2013, 1:21 PM

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Re: Timing Belt replacement Sign In

Thanks Discretesignals. I would have never thought to ask the difference between aftermarket and OEM on this type of repair. Turns out the dealer uses OEM and is only $60 more for the job so it's going in next week. I really appreciate what you all do on this site to help us.

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