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Just had my alternator replace...
Just had my alternator replace (dealer said bearings went bad), serpentine and A/C/Power steering belt replaced. All the noises that were associated with those items are gone, however now the dealer said the car is making a flapping noise which is the timing belt even though they haven't inspected the belt. Could the noise be from something else or is it most likely the timing belt. If so, now that it is flapping how much longer would I possibly have before the time runs out. 64,000 miles on '05 Kia Optima.
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Kia Mechanic: Mike V., Technician replied 8 years ago
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HI there! If the timing belt is making noise, you are out of time

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you need to have it addressed before it breaks completely and destroys the engine

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
That is not what I have been told. What I was told was that it sounds like it is loose.
Kia Mechanic: Mike V., Technician replied 8 years ago
I understand,if it is loose, then the tensioner under the cover that holds the belt on is going bad. If this happens then the belt can jump time and damage the engine. It really needs to be addressed right away or it will lead you to bigger more expensive issues.
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