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2006 Mitsubishi Montero LTD 4dr 4WD Sportronic

2006 Mitsubishi Montero
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4-Wheel Drive, 4-Door Wagon, 4WD Sport Utility
15 mpg city / 19 mpg hwy
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September 20, 2010, 6:27 pm

Ron F

Question: timing belt change

when do i really,really have to do a timing belt change??-dont tell me 60,000 miles-when will it probably break??

September 21, 2010, 5:04 pm

Ron W
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Well, when does a headlamp burn out? When it reaches the end of its service life. A belt is the same. If a bulb burns out, it's no big deal, but if a timing belt breaks you can have severe engine damage, even to the point of needing a complete new engine.

So, I would recommend you follow your manufacturer's recommendation of when to replace it. Your owner's manual will have it listed.

By the way, not all manufacturers recommend 60K miles. Some have them listed at 75K or 100K miles depending on the engine, so it's definitely worth looking up before you have it replaced.

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September 21, 2010, 6:30 pm

Ron F

i have my junkyard engine lined up, and a mechanic to change it out--see-my local dealers and ind garage both want $3,000.00 -i cant afford that!!!!

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