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2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 3dr Coupe 2.4L Manual

2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse
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Front Wheel Drive, 3 Door Coupe, Sub-Compact
23 mpg city / 31 mpg hwy
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June 13, 2013, 1:21 pm

Brandon E

Question: I can't get the new timing belt on.

I have a 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS. 4 cylinder. The timing belt recently broke so i bought a new one to replace it. However when I try to put the new belt on it seems too tight. I have the tensioner fully loosen too.

June 17, 2013, 11:43 am

Richard W
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They are a tight fit. You have to start at one side of the cam gear. The end you start on has to be the other side from the tensioner. Just put the belt on the cam a little. If you put the belt all the way on the cam it will never go on. You have to put it on a little at a time till the belt is on the cam gears front edge. Then you push the belt on. It;s really hard on your car. Also make sure the timing marks are lined up. And the belt is loose on the tensioner side. If you have play on the crank to cam gearit will be off when you put the tension on the belt. Once you get it on and the tension on the belt. Spin the cam gear two times past the alignment marks. Then align the cam and crank marks to make sure it's right. If they are not lined up right you will have a bad running engine. One last thing. You could have alread bent the valves when the timing belt broke. After the belt is on I would do a compersion test.

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