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Old August 31st, 2016, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mitsubishi eclipse 2007 gs timing belt

Dear eclipse 4g community

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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Old August 31st, 2016, 11:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well when I bought my 2011 GS with 72,000 some miles I took it to my mechanic, he said the exact same thing. That it may need the timing belt replaced. So since it had a warranty from Crossroads Ford, I took it to the service center and they pointed out my car has a timing chain, not a timing belt and the mechanic did not know what he was talking about. But yours is a 2007 so idk if you have a timing belt or chain. One thing I've found is when its over 80 degrees outside my car feels more powerful I mean much more powerful on 89 gas instead of 87. Must be because hotter enginte temperatures can result in the fuel igniting more easily and the ecu may have to trim fuel or retard timing to prevent knocking (On really hot days) Plus these cars have 9.5:1 compression not like the 3rd gen eclipses that have 9:1 compression.
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^You have a timing belt and a balance shaft belt. That Ford dealer is fucking with you

In hotter temps there's less air density, so the engine gives less fuel. Might just be shit grade 87 octane where you buy it. Is there ethanol in it? Ethanol has less energy by volume than gasoline
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Old September 1st, 2016, 12:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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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$. He told me however you might wanna change the tension er the pulleys and the water pump as well which is an additional 750 bucks adding the entire thing to 1275 dollars. Do I need to change the water pump and the tensioner?
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Well when I bought my 2011 GS with 72,000 some miles I took it to my mechanic, he said the exact same thing. That it may need the timing belt replaced. So since it had a warranty from Crossroads Ford, I took it to the service center and they pointed out my car has a timing chain, not a timing belt and the mechanic did not know what he was talking about. But yours is a 2007 so idk if you have a timing belt or chain. One thing I've found is when its over 80 degrees outside my car feels more powerful I mean much more powerful on 89 gas instead of 87. Must be because hotter enginte temperatures can result in the fuel igniting more easily and the ecu may have to trim fuel or retard timing to prevent knocking (On really hot days) Plus these cars have 9.5:1 compression not like the 3rd gen eclipses that have 9:1 compression.
Belt not chain and octane doesn't do crap for a regular fuel burning engine..except make it burn dirtier,you've got more cleaners in higher octane to burn off...you tube it, test have been done an proven..if you have a high performance setup yeah it will make slight difference...
If you have the money to fix it then yeah go ahead while it's being tore apart it's easier an maybe cheaper for you now in labor since they're tearing apart...ask him what price differences is then maybe it might be a cheaper choice now then later....and those are parts that tend to go if factory...
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I took the car today to GMC dealer to service the brakes. I bought the brake pads and rotors for front and rear they only charged me 120$ 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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Yikes dealer....do most of fix 'in myself....did front/back pads for under $100..
I'd be Leary of dealer...overly charged hourly rates..just seem very cheap...most post and research done, it goes for about $800-$1200 for 60,000 mark maintains at shops...
Stealer dealers will suck ya in then go oh your cars in parts an needs this an that done also....check with your regular mechanic....
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Old September 3rd, 2016, 07:57 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The regular local mechanic told me it would cost me 1275$ before taxes. So theres quite a difference. I was just surprised by the price difference. Could you actually buy a timing belt for 35 bucks?
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Old September 3rd, 2016, 12:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yeah the GS parts are very cheap especially if you compare them to the GT
if you look online on oemmitsubishiparts.com you'll proably fine the timing belt and water pump kits for less than $300.

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Old September 4th, 2016, 10:46 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I see, so 812 bucks to change the belts, tensioner and the water pump is reasonable? I thought it was very cheap and that he may not change all those parts but claim that he did.
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I got my timing belt kit and water pump for about 200$ and changed it myself there's actually a real good how to on here and video showing how to do it


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yeah I can't really afford doing it myself if something goes wrong its gonna cost me much more money and Ill end up not having a car
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If you don't feel comfortable to fix it by yourself the go ahead and pay for the work to be done, but expect to pay anywhere from $700-$900
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I will take it to a mechanic to get it done because I will just break it if I do it myself, The mechanic gave me an exact price of 812$ including the taxes and labor and parts, another mechanic in town quoted 1275$ before taxes, so theres 500$ difference I was surprised by this (this is to change the belts, tensioner and the water pump). I'm wondering is the first mechanic not gonna do the job properly and that's why it's 500 bucks cheaper or the second one was just gonna rip me off?

but since you quoted between 700 to 900 then I guess 812 bucks is a reasonable price to get it the job done.

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Im really sorry but im 20 years old and i bought the timing belt kit that comes with water pump...water pump gasket and o ring ...balance shaft belt and tensioner...idler and camshaft tensioner and timing belt and serpentine belt. ...the serpentine was 25 in autozone but i bought that whole entire kit for 173.99 from ebay and trust me it took me about 3 to 4 hours to put it all together and put the timing ....is not really rocket science just common sense and be careful with timing and double check if ur not sure...is the easiest thing u could do...so i just saved 300 from a mechanic. ..i did it in 4 hours and a mechanic said a day...i dont trust mechanics cuz u never know what they do on it...hope that helps guys...btw i was risking a 2012 mitsubishi galant es 2.4l with 92xxx miles when i changed the belt
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Pads can last more than 1 year without changing if they r done well...also the rotors last even longer
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