Hyundai i30 Engine Problems
Does the 2.0-litre engine in a 2012 Hyundai i30 have a timing belt or chain?
The engine in your car uses a rubber timing belt which requires replacement every 90,000km. The design of this engine means a broken timing belt will likely destroy the entire engine, so it’s not something to ignore.
Does a 2010 Hyundai i30 have a timing belt or chain?
The Trophy version of the i30 used exclusively the two-litre petrol engine. As such, it actually has both a timing belt and a timing chain. The engine has twin overhead camshafts, but only the exhaust camshaft is driven by the timing belt from the crankshaft. A short timing chain then takes drive from the exhaust camshaft to the intake camshaft. The engine also features variable valve timing.
The good news is that you really only have to periodically replace the timing belt (the chain should be maintenance-free for the life of the engine). The recommended replacement interval is every 100,000km.
Hyundai i30 2010: Why can I smell exhaust fumes in my car?
This needs to be fixed fast, Toni, as a car’s exhaust fumes are a deadly cocktail of gasses. Enough exposure to them can make you pass out (an obvious problem when you’re driving) or worse. Diesel engines are generally a bit smellier than a petrol engine, but no exhaust fumes should ever enter the car.
You’re either getting fumes drawn into the car via a faulty seal that is allowing exhaust fumes in, or the smell you’re experiencing is fumes in the engine-bay coming through the firewall. You need to inspect all the rubber seals around the doors and hatchback and search underneath the car and in the engine bay for a split or missing rubber bung or grommet that is letting the outside in.
The other question I have is whether the smell is the result of exhaust fumes or, in fact, the smell of unburnt diesel fuel. Diesel cars often acquire a diesel-fuel smell over time and the cause is hard to avoid. Because diesel doesn’t evaporate, the ground around the diesel pump at a service station is usually one big oily, diesel slick. When you fill your car, you unavoidably stand in this slick which is then transferred to the car’s carpet when you get back in. It’s not as crazy as it sounds, and it may be the clue you’re missing to explain the smell.
Hyundai i30 2009: Does it have a timing chain or timing belt?
It has a timing belt.
My Hyundai i30 is blowing smoke
You don’t say if it’s a petrol or a diesel, but no, it’s normal, although there are reports of smoke from the i30. If it was a diesel I would suggest there is a problem with the turbocharger, but something is clearly wrong and you are right to have it checked, particularly as it is still under Hyundai’s new car warranty.
Hyundai i30 2009: Any problems with the engine or gearbox?
There is nothing to suggest that you will have any serious problems with it in the near to mid-term future, as long as you look after it and service it regularly. It sounds like a keeper, so if you like it keep it.
I'm not getting the claimed fuel consumption
Hyundai’s claim for urban fuel consumption, that is city driving, is 10.1 L/100 km, which is pretty much what you are getting. The claim for extra urban or highway is 5.9 L/100 km, which also accords pretty well with your results, and the combined figure is put at 7.4 L/100 km.
On the basis of what you have reported there isn’t a problem.
Hyundai i30: Would a diesel be suitable for Uber use?
Diesels deliver their efficiency benefits best when on the open road, but it would still be more convenient for Uber use because they'd need to be refuelled less often than the petrol. The only thing I'd be concerned about re inner-city use would be the diesel particulate filter. If you only drive around the city, this probably wouldn't give the DPF the chance to cycle itself every now and again, which can lead to very costly repairs. If you do head out onto the motorway occasionally, this wouldn't be an issue. The new i30 is an excellent small hatch though, and I wouldn't hesitate recommending it.
Hyundai i30: Should I buy a Premium or a SR Premium?
Both would be suitable for your use, but the final decision should be based on how much country driving and towing you do. If it's mostly country then I would err towards the diesel, but if it’s more town or line ball I would go for the petrol engine.