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Mitsubishi Repair/Total cost to change the Timing Belt?


Maurice wrote at 2007-03-12 15:54:17
Well with 119K miles on it, you better change the timing belt if you have not done so.  Do not use cheap belts!  Use either Goodyear or Mitsubishi.  If your drive belts need to be done, good time to do so, since you would not have to pay additional labor.  I was a technician a few years ago and these belts last.  If you have tools and can do simple jobs or know someone who can, it is relatively easy.  A little overwhelming to look at, but easy.  In a nutshell; take off tire on side of car where belt is, remove wheel well covers and then timing belt cover.  Turn engine with a wrench so little notches on pully's line up to arrows, loosen tensioner and swap belts.  Easy as pie.  If you do it or get someone else to do it, make sure they change balancer belt, if installed, at same time.  If they try to charge you more labor for it, tell them you will go somewhere else (it takes thirty seconds to do).  If you pay a shop to do it the job, have them show you the old belts, actually anytime you have something done on your car make sure they show you the parts they took off.  Hope this helps.

K wrote at 2009-04-11 22:43:51
You have to change the timing belt on an Eclipse every 60,000 miles as with most cars with timing belts.  If you don't and it fails it will fail catastrophically and you'll have to buy a new engine.

nomand wrote at 2009-06-15 16:21:53
Mits requires timing belt every 60k miles. A good advice would be to change before it breaks or it will mess up crank shaft and engine

mike wrote at 2012-03-29 00:38:24
Timing belts on a Mitsubishi eclipse should be replace anywhere between 75 and 85 thousand miles. even its not the reason your engine light is on, its a smart preventative measure because if it breaks while driving you will need an complete new engine.

Jetterbug wrote at 2013-01-18 09:48:20
You are good to be concerned about the timing belt if your eclipse has 119k and a replacement has not been done yet! However,the engine light coming on has absolutely no connection with the timing belt.

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I have done a lot of work on older Mitsubishi's. Whatever has gone on with someone's car has I am sure happen to the one I work on. A lot of things, though might be the computer it could be a sensor too. Whatever I am not sure of, I will then hunt up the question useing the net. Don't know much about body work or painting a car.


The Mitsubishi Eclipse I work on has over 167,000 miles on it. If it could go wrong it has. I have learned a lot from working on the car, reading books and asking people who work on other cars.

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Have some college course on engines, working on them and keeping them repaired. Read a lot of books and try to stay ahead of things.

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