Originally Posted by ddzc
I would also like to know what exactly to look for to determine if the motor is toast from the broken timing belt.
Thank You everyone
I've heard the new 2012 Accent will have a chain drive timing belt & should halt the many broken timing belt problems. Another reason to change timing belts on schedule is to restore good MPG to your older vehicle.
My old 1988 Ford Festiva (a Mazda engine in a Kia body) wasn't giving the excellent average mileage (45MPG) as it did in its first decade of service. My mechanic, while replacing a water pump(?), also replaced the timing belt. The Ford Festiva's MPG jumped up to its old standard.... even better? Taking a 400 mile trip through the mountains (with 11,000+feet of ups & downs) & lots of stops for photos, my Festiva gave 50.8 MPG. Yes, I still have my old Festiva (Kia is owned by Hyundai).
On three mountain day trips I drove my wife's 2008 Accent for 42 MPG will ascending & descending 5500 foot Chinook Pass near Mt. Rainier, 45MPG will ascending & descending a 1400 foot pass & 41MPG while climbing & descending 4000 & 3000 foot passes..... all from sea level.
The Accent will give excellent MPG, but you have to drive for the MPG.