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Kia Soul: Timing Belt Or Timing Chain? (2010 - 2024)

Researched By AutoPadre Research Team


From 2012 -2024 Kia Souls have a timing chain and interference engine.

From 2010 -2011 1.6L Kia Souls have a timing chain and interference engine while the 2.0L has a timing belt and interference engine.

Scroll down to see detailed timing belt data for your particular model year of the Kia Soul.

Kia Soul Timing Belt Or Chain
YearEngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-Interference
2012 – 2024AllTiming ChainInterference
2010 - 20111.6LTiming ChainInterference
2010 - 20112.0LTiming BeltInterference

Note: Replacement intervals are broad recommendations and can be affected by age, weather conditions, running conditions etc. Check with the owner's manual/ manufacturer/ dealership.

Check out the Belt Or Chain specifications for other makes and models.

Kia Soul Belt Or Chain

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2024 Kia Soul - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2023 Kia Soul models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2024 Kia Soul Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. 147 hp (Nu MPi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2023 Kia Soul - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2023 Kia Soul models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2023 Kia Soul Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. 147 hp (Nu MPi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
1.6L 4 Cyl Turbo 201 hp (Gamma T-GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2022 Kia Soul - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2022 Kia Soul models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2022 Kia Soul Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. 147 hp (Nu MPi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
1.6L 4 Cyl Turbo 201 hp (Gamma T-GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2021 Kia e Soul
2021 Kia e Soul

2021 Kia Soul - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2021 Kia Soul models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2021 Kia Soul Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
1.6L 4 Cyl Turbo 201 hp (Gamma T-GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 147 hp (Nu MPi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2020 Kia Soul EV
2020 Kia Soul EV

2020 Kia Soul - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2020 Kia Soul models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2020 Kia Soul Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
1.6L 4 Cyl Turbo 201 hp (Gamma T-GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 147 hp (Nu MPi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2019 Kia Soul
2019 Kia Soul

2019 Kia Soul - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2019 Kia Soul models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2019 Kia Soul Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
1.6L 4 Cyl. Turbo 201 hp (Gamma II T-GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 161 hp (Nu GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
1.6L 4 Cyl. 130 hp (Gamma II GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2018 Kia Soul - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2018 Kia Soul models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2018 Kia Soul Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
1.6L 4 Cyl. Turbo 201 hp (Gamma II T-GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 161 hp (Nu GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
1.6L 4 Cyl. 130 hp (Gamma II GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2017 Kia Soul - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2017 Kia Soul models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2017 Kia Soul Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
1.6L 4 Cyl. Turbo 201 hp (Gamma II T-GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 161 hp (Nu GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
1.6L 4 Cyl. 130 hp (Gamma II GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2016 Kia Soul - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2016 Kia Soul models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2016 Kia Soul Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. 161 hp (Nu GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
1.6L 4 Cyl. 130 hp (Gamma II GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2015 Kia Soul - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2015 Kia Soul models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2015 Kia Soul Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. 161 hp (Nu GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
1.6L 4 Cyl. 130 hp (Gamma II GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2014 Kia Soul - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2014 Kia Soul models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2014 Kia Soul Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. 161 hp (Nu GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
1.6L 4 Cyl. 130 hp (Gamma II GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2013 Kia Soul - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2013 Kia Soul models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2013 Kia Soul Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. 161 hp (Nu GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
1.6L 4 Cyl. 130 hp (Gamma II GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2012 Kia Soul - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2012 Kia Soul models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2012 Kia Soul Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. 161 hp (Nu GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
1.6L 4 Cyl. 130 hp (Gamma II GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2011 Kia Soul - Timing Belt Or Chain

The 1.6L 2011 Kia Soul has a timing chain and the 2.0L 2011 Kia Soul has a timing belt. Both engines are interference.

2011 Kia Soul Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. 140 hp (Beta II)Timing BeltInterference60k Inspect, 80k Replace
1.6L 4 Cyl. 124 hp (Gamma II GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2010 Kia Soul - Timing Belt Or Chain

The 1.6L 2011 Kia Soul has a timing chain and the 2.0L 2011 Kia Soul has a timing belt. Both engines are interference.

2010 Kia Soul Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. 140 hp (Beta II)Timing BeltInterference60k Inspect, 80k Replace
1.6L 4 Cyl. 124 hp (Gamma II GDi)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
Kia Soul
Kia Soul

Timing Belt Basics

The primary purpose of the timing belt or timing chain is to maintain the timing (syncronization) between the crankshaft and the camshaft(s).

A timing belt is made of a rubber compound while a timing chain is made of chain similiar to a bicycle chain.

A timing belt wears out over time and must be replaced at the manufacturer's specified interval. Timing belt failure can result in serious engine damage.

Although a timing chain will wear over time it is usually good for the lifetime of the engine but it should be routinely inspected.

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