Timing Belt Replacement 2.4 Mitsubishi – Questions and Answers

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7. Remove the main timing belt then the balance shaft belt can be removed. It may be necessary to take the crankshaft position sensor off slightly turning the crank to remove the small belt. Be careful not to bend the shield (reluctor) at the back of the pulley this can affect the reading crank shaft position sensor. It some cases it may be necessary to remove the large crank bolt and slide the timing belt pulley and the reluctor out slightly.

8. Now is a good time to replace any pulleys that show any signs of wear. Spin the pulleys to check them for smoothness and side movement. If a tensioner or idler pulley freezes up it can cause a new timing belt to fail. If there are any signs of oil leaks from the seals now is the time to replace cam and crank seals if necessary. At this point you are right at the water pump so replacing that should also be consideration.

Replacement is basically reversing the procedure above. 2.4 Mitsubishi Engines are used in the following vehicles. Mitsubishi Eclipse 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005 – Galant 99,00,01, 02, 03, 04 & 05 – Outlander 2003 Chrysler Sebring 2001,  02,  03, 04 & 2005 – Dodge Stratus 2001, 02, 03, 04 & 05  2.4_Mitsubishi_Timing_Belt_Diagram

For a large pdf of the timing belt marks click the image above. 

Timing Belt Replacement Questions and Answers

Question: Is there any special holding tool needed like I’ve seen for Honda’s to remove the main timing belt pulley bolt on the crankshaft?

Answer: No. Just a regular 1/2″ impact gun works well to remove the bolt on the Mitsubishi.

Question: If replacing a crank seal while I’m doing this job is there anything I should be aware of?

Answer: Yes. Be careful NOT to scratch the crankshaft with a screwdriver or whatever you use to remove the seal. It also should be cleaned well with brake clean prior to installing the new seal. Some techs will use a little emery paper to help clean the contact surface, but it’s important to use very fine paper so as not to leave grooves that can wear the seal prematurely. Also when installing the new seal be careful not to fold the rubber that holds the spring. Engine oil or a little sil glyde (silicone paste) can be used to help lubricate the seal until oil gets pumped to it.

Question: The seal is very difficult to remove. Have any removal tips?

Answer: I have used a very small drill bit to allow a sheet metal screw to be inserted. After the sheet metal screw is in place it can be pulled with diagonal cutters, pulling the seal with it. This works but caution should be taken not to scratch the crank and to not allow any metal shavings to be left in the engine.

Question: Can I use a cylinder leak down tester to see if my broken timing belt has caused valve damage?

Answer:  Yes and no. If testing an engine that has a broken timing belt with a leak down tester, you will get an inaccurate reading because the valves are not in sync. You can however test the integrity of the valves after a timing belt is installed properly (if a timing belt is off a tooth, the cylinders can leak down).

Question: My timing belt broke while driving down the road. How do I know if the engine has valve damage?

Answer: Inspecting the tops of the pistons with a borescope or a video inspection camera can be a quick easy way to see if the valves interfered with the pistons. Most technicians would just try a timing belt and see how the car runs. If the car starts but has a misfire or runs poorly, this would be an indication that the valves are bent. Also sometimes in the process of replacing the t-belt it may be discovered that the cam will not turn which can also indicate bent valves. Remember don’t try to force the cam with the belt off since that can cause damage in itself.

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155 Responses
  1. Joseph :

    Date: July 19, 2017 @ 7:46 am

    1. Please what is the timing belt number of mitsubishi galant LS 1995 2.4 ltr.?

    2. Recently, I changed the damaged spark plugs cable of my Mitsubishi galant and ever since the vehicle refuses to start….What could be the cause?

  2. dennisb - Auto Tool Sales :

    Date: July 19, 2017 @ 7:54 am

    Check with the Mitsubishi dealer for a part number on the belt, I have no way to look parts up. If your timing is set up properly you could have bent valves.

  3. Jesus :

    Date: August 7, 2017 @ 4:29 pm

    Mitsubishi galant engine2.4l

  4. dennisb - Auto Tool Sales :

    Date: August 7, 2017 @ 4:36 pm

    That’s right.

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