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Old August 30th, 2016, 10:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I purchased a Mitsubishi Eclipse 2007 GS last week it has 62,000 miles on it was pretty clean got it check by the mechanic he told me the immediate action to be taken would be to change the brake pads and the rotors for all the four wheels. I bought the equipment gonna get them changed on firday. He also pointed to me out however that the timing belt for these cars need to be changed every 60K miles. Since I bought the car on 62,0000 miles I'm guessing this has not been changed, the mechanic said it would cost me 550 to 600 to get it changed including the parts.

I'm a little low on budged now that I just bought the car, in your experienced opinions has anyone out there been in the same situation? how long can I push it before I change the belt and be safe? Can I drive it for 65k miles? because I know once it snaps the engine is pretty much done since it's an interference engine. Thank you for your honest opinions and support.

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Timing belt should be a major focus. It's not just the 60,000 miles, it's also the age of the belt that factors in making it long overdue.

Make sure they change the balance shaft belt too. If that goes, it will shred a new timing belt
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Old August 31st, 2016, 07:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm not going to lie. I've been pretty bad about getting my belt replaced considering how much it costs. I bought my 07 gs a couple years ago with 48,000 miles and it currently has 111,000 miles. I have yet to replace it still. I'm going to get it done soon but yeah I would say if it still looks good and such you could wait a little bit but I would get it replaced as soon as you can to avoid anything happening.
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I'm not going to lie. I've been pretty bad about getting my belt replaced considering how much it costs. I bought my 07 gs a couple years ago with 48,000 miles and it currently has 111,000 miles. I have yet to replace it still. I'm going to get it done soon but yeah I would say if it still looks good and such you could wait a little bit but I would get it replaced as soon as you can to avoid anything happening.
Are you sure the previous owner didn't change it? 07 GS would have had it due about 3.5 years ago
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Old August 31st, 2016, 08:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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so can I drive it a little more without worrying? say 2000 miles more?

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Timing belt should be a major focus. It's not just the 60,000 miles, it's also the age of the belt that factors in making it long overdue.

Make sure they change the balance shaft belt too. If that goes, it will shred a new timing belt
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^He's saying do it ASAP. The belt is over 10 years old. The mileage plays a big part but risk of dry rotting over time plays a big part as well. If you think the timing belt is expensive, think about the cost of a completely new engine. The good news is that the new belts last longer (120k miles and ? years). O and welcome to the club!
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90k miles, not sure if it's 8 or 9 years
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I'm not going to lie. I've been pretty bad about getting my belt replaced considering how much it costs. I bought my 07 gs a couple years ago with 48,000 miles and it currently has 111,000 miles. I have yet to replace it still. I'm going to get it done soon but yeah I would say if it still looks good and such you could wait a little bit but I would get it replaced as soon as you can to avoid anything happening.
Are you sure the previous owner didn't change it? 07 GS would have had it due about 3.5 years ago

I have no clue. I bought it from greenway dodge in Orlando and car fax had two previous owners but didn't have really any service records so I'm not sure what all has been done.
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Thanks for the tip, I will get on top of it soon. And thank you for the welcome its a good community here... happy to be a part of it.

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^He's saying do it ASAP. The belt is over 10 years old. The mileage plays a big part but risk of dry rotting over time plays a big part as well. If you think the timing belt is expensive, think about the cost of a completely new engine. The good news is that the new belts last longer (120k miles and ? years). O and welcome to the club!
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Timing Belt Change

Esrobel's post with the 09+ service manual down the first page some. 105k miles or 7 years for the new belts.
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So I called the mechanic asking about the timing belt and its replacement he told me that timing belt plus balance shaft plus driver (or driving belt can't remember) altogether with the labor will cost 525$. He told me however you might wanna change the tension er the pulleys and the water pump as well which is an additional 750 bucks adding the entire thing to 1275 dollars. Do I need to change the water pump and the tensioner?
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It's suggested, but you don't NEEEEED to. Just don't be surprised if the water pump goes on you before you need a new timing belt again.

$750 to change the water pump and tensioners sounds quite steep. The labour overlaps itself on doing the belt and the pump. It sounds as if he's imagining it as 2 separate jobs
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I took the car today to GMC dealer to service the brakes. I bought the brake pads and rotors for front and rear they only charged me 120$ for the labor for all the the four wheels which was pretty affordable.

While I was there I had a chat with one of the mechanics concerning the timing belt and replacement of it, he told me they would replace the timing belt and the balance shaft and the tensioner kit for 486$ including the labor parts and tax on the parts. He quote d the price of the timing belt to be 35 bucks. I was actually surprised by this, I s the timing belt really that cheap? The tensioenr kit he quoted to be 165 bucks which is fair enogh I think. Also I asked him about the water pump he told me that they would replace the belts the tensioner and the water pump for 812 dollars including everything.
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The parts themselves aren't that expensive. It's one of the most labor intensive maintenances done so that's what drives the cost up.
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Hello fellow Mitsu lovers, I also recently purchased an Eclipse and have yet to have the funds to do a timing belt or anything like that. What's the longest that's anyone has ever gone without changing the belts/tensioners/pulleys on the earliest year eclipse?

It's an 06' GT, and it does have relatively low miles, being at only 76,000, but I'm not sure that the timing belt has ever been changed. I am fully aware that the belt is recommended to be replaced at 60,000 miles, and especially now considering its age. But do the 3.8 on the 06 use the same belts as the later models 08/09-12 from the factory? Is there actually a difference in the composition of the belts that came stock from the factory between these years and the first 06-07's? I've read both on the forums, that they do use the same and are good for upwards of 100,000 miles but I've also read that thats only the replacements on the early models.

I purchased her off Craigslist from a mechanic as a salvage title, and she is my daily driver. Im a full time student as an airplane mechanic, so I may be able to do some of the work myself but an American made reciprocating aircraft engine has a lot less components, believe it or not, so I am unfamiliar with some of the things found in our lovely Japanese cars and I apologize for any stupid future questions regarding proper procedure and whats acceptable.

Ive been browsing for quite awhile and decided to make this my first post! Thanks in advance.
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Also sorry to revive an older post. I know thats frowned upon.
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I know I wouldn't have been upset if you threw up your own intro post and asked.

I'm not sure who holds the record for going the longest without it breaking. I do know that the materials changed for the belt in 2009, and it doesn't matter if you have the 3.8 or 2.4, they both have the safe rated belt life before 2009. At 11 years old though, I would suggest you shop around, and find someone willing to do it at a decent rate under warranty. Some members have been able to have it done for $400. You can do it yourself if you're comfortable with the whole process and not losing timing points. 1 tooth off and you're not going to have a great time, as you tear it all apart to redo
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Well I for one am PISSED that you revived this thread!!!!!!!!!!!! Jk wttc Joey haha. I suggest you put every penny of your savings toward this maintenance cost though. Better sooner and save a lot of money down the road than vice versa.
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Thank you guys! I've been looking into borrowing money to get it done.
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