Buying a car is a big budget for many people, nevertheless, to this one you will have to add the routine service of your car, and for some routine service acts the bill can be quite high. It is consequently logical to ask yourself when is the right time to perform these repairs and not do them “for nothing”. On this page we are going to show you to you when to change the timing belt on your Kia Soul? For that, to begin with, we are going to see why it is necessary to achieve this work of routine service, then, when to do the timing belt of your Kia Soul , then, we are going to quickly explain to you how this change is done, and, finally, how much it costs to do the timing belt of a Kia Soul.
Why do we need to change the timing belt of an Kia Soul?
As we explained to you in introduction, changing a timing belt on a Kia Soul represents a very important budget, so we understand that you are reluctant to do it and to allow you to understand the importance of this fix, so we will quickly show you why it is so important to do it on time.
Your Kia Soul’s timing belt action
The timing of a Kia Soul has a vital purpose in the smooth running of your engine. In truth, it will have the mission to synchronize the valves and pistons, and to make the link between the camshaft, the water pump, the crankshaft and the injection pump . It will enable the engine unit to work effectively, and avoid any risk of engine breakage. The shorter the distance your car travels, the more your belt will be solicited when starting the engine unit.
What are the risks if the timing belt is not changed in time?
The issue with the timing of a Kia Soul is that it is internal to the engine unit. And consequently, in contrast to an accessory belt, it is difficult to visually verify its state. So you might think that this belt is just an insignificant part, but the risks you take if you don’t change it in time are substantial. If the timing of your Kia Soul breaks, you will undoubtedly have to change the engine of this one. In truth, the pistons will hit the valves and damage them, and the camshaft will also break. The faster the engine is running at the moment of the breakage, the more serious the outcomes are. It is consequently crucial to make your timing belt on time .
When to do the timing belt of its Kia Soul?
We will now answer the question that you all have to ask yourselves, when to produce the timing belt of a Kia Soul? It is necessary to know that each engine unit is different and as we described earlier, we must not miss on the replacement of this part. The more we advance in time the more the manufacturers improve the timing belt and normally the more recent your Kia Soul will be the less you will have to worry about your belt. Nevertheless, look at your Kia Soul’s service book to get the exact life and maximum mileage you can achieve before you do the timing . Typically, timing belts have a life of 5 to 10 years and a maximum mileage between 80, 000 and 200, 000km .
How to change the timing belt of an Kia Soul?
As the timing belt of a Kia Soul represents a high budget, one can rationally question if it is not possible to change it on your own. Sadly it is very tricky to access and just the most knowledgeable amateur mechanics and the most equipped with tools will be able to reflect on this operation, we will even so quickly explain the different steps to be carried out to replace this timing belt:
- Place the Kia Soul on stands, and based on your engine unit you may have to remove a wheel. Take out the timing gearboxes
- To get this done, you must buy the timing kit so that all the engine unit elements remain in the right position, otherwise your engine unit will break. Take out the other elements that bother you (damper pulley for example).
- Take out the old distribution after loosening the tension rollers. Before positioning the new one, you must take out all the tensioning rollers and the water pump.
- Place the new water pump.
- Mount the new tension rollers, pay attention to the location of each one.
- Mount the new distribution of your Kia Soul by respecting the markers.
- Tension the belt as indicated by the manufacturer’s data.
- Put the rest of it back together.
- Verify that the engine unit is running effectively.
Replacing the timing belt how much does it cost?
And finally, we’ll try to give you an idea of the price if you want to replace the timing belt of your Kia Soul . Be aware that if you do it at the mechanic of the brand or at a car center like Feu Vert the price can vary a lot, but generally speaking we estimate that the price of the distribution varies between 400 and 900 euros , based on the place where you do it and your engine unit. Please be aware that the kits include the belt, idlers and water pump.
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