Hyundai Timing Belt Installation

Updated February 21, 2017

The Accent is a subcompact car produced by automaker Hyundai. For the past several years, Hyundai used a 1.5 L 12V engine. This engine has an interference motor and when the belt stretches too far, the valves will collide with the pistons and can cause serious engine damage. It will take about three hours to replace the Hyundai Accent timing belt. Engine knowledge is helpful but not required.

Disengage the negative battery cable and set it aside, making sure it does not contact any metal. Remove accessory drive belt tensioners with a wrench or socket and lift the belts off the pulleys. Loosen and remove the crankshaft pulley bolt, water pump pulley, and the timing belt covers with the correct type of sockets.

Twist the crankshaft clockwise until the timing mark on the crankshaft is aligned. The timing mark is located with a dot on the sprocket that is aligned with the dot on the block.

Remove the timing belt tensioner pivot bolt and the tensioner bolt. Slide the tensioner bolt in the direction of the water pump with a screwdriver. Pull the timing belt off the sprockets and pulleys. Make sure the timing marks are still aligned properly.

Begin at the crankshaft sprocket and work in a clockwise direction to install the timing belt. Feed the timing belt over the top of the camshaft sprocket, while keeping tension in the belt. Thread the timing belt behind the tensioner.

Slightly loosen the tensioner pivot bolt and tensioner bolt with a sprocket or wrench. Twist the crankshaft in a clockwise direction until the crankshaft timing mark is aligned again.

Slide the timing belt midway between the camshaft sprocket and the crankshaft sprocket.

Wind the crankshaft clockwise until the marks are aligned again. Replace the parts in the reverse order you removed them. Check that the locating pin in the crankshaft sprocket is engaged in the pulley.


Do not tighten the pivot bolt first, as you could cause the belt to become over-tensioned.

Things You'll Need

  • Set of wrenches
  • Set of sockets
  • Screwdriver
  • Torque wrench
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