I have a 2008 Elantra with about 44k miles on it. I always get my oil changed at a dealership. Last time I went in, they told me that I need a new timing belt. I don’t know a lot about cars but I know that’s early for a timing belt replacement. When I asked about this, I was told the recommendation was 60k miles or 4 years. I was then told that I didn’t need to get it done right away but that I should get it done within the next 4-6 months. This seemed kind of fishy to me given that that would be exactly the time my car was 4 years old (I bought it at the end of Feb 2009).
I’m overdue for an oil change now and need to figure out what to do. I googled timing belt stuff a bit and now have a few questions:
1. Is it standard to check a timing belt on an oil change? I thought this part was something that was hard to get at so why would they be checking it so early?
2. Should I get a second opinion? If so should I go to a dealership or an independent garage? Should I tell them I’ve been told I need a timing belt or just see if they tell me I do?
3. Would something like this be covered by the warranty if I need it done so early? Could I get it done by the warranty if I do it before its technically 4 years old?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!