Mitsubishi 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 3.8 Water Pump or Timing Belt ReplacementSeptember 27, 2009 9:51 am DIY, How To Auto Repair, Mistubishi, Timing Belt
© DenLorsTools.com Summary: In this auto repair blog we cover the basic timing belt R&R procedure on common Mitsubishi 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 and 3.8 V-6 SOHC engines. These interference engines can sustain valve damage if the timing belt breaks. We’ve got suggestions that can help make the job of replacing the timing belt and/or water pump successful. Listed are different Chrysler and Mitsubishi models that use engines with the same basic design when it comes to water pump and timing belt replacement. Also a diagram for timing belt routing and marks for the 3.5 SOHC.
Replacement intervals can vary, Mitsubishi recommends timing belt replacement on most of the models we cover every 60,000 miles. Consider the fact that if a related component such as the water pump, idler pulleys, hydraulic tensioner, cam seals or crankshaft seal fails it can ruin any timing belt – old or new. Purchasing a timing belt kit that comes with the new idler pulleys should be considered. Also depending on the mileage, it may be a good idea to replace the hydraulic tensioner, oil seals and the water pump for extra insurance. As we stated in the summary, interference engines can be subjected to valve damage if the t-belt breaks or strips, so it’s important to take precautions to allow the new timing belt to last it’s expected service life.
Basic timing belt instructions for the following vehicles.
- 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 Dodge Avenger 2.5 2497cc
- 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 Dodge Stratus 2.5 Liter 2497cc
- 2001, 2002 Dodge Stratus 3.0 2972cc
- 2003, 2004, 2005 Dodge Stratus 3.0 2972cc (Coupe)
- 1995, 1996, 1997Mitsubishi Galant 2.5 2497cc
- 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003Mitsubishi Galant 3.0 2972cc
- 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007Mitsubishi Galant 3.8 230ci
- 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Mitsubishi Diamante 3.5 3497cc
- 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02 Mitsubishi Montero 3.5 SOHC engine
- 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse 3.0L 2972cc
- 2006, 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse 3.8L 3828cc
- 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor 3.8L 3797cc
- 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 Chrysler Cirrus 2.5L 2497cc
- 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000Chrysler Sebring 2.5L 2497cc (Coupe and Convertible)
- 2001, 2002Chrysler Sebring 3.0L 2972cc (Coupe)
- 2003, 2004, 2005Chrysler Sebring 3.0L 2972cc
The task of replacing a timing belt on the cars listed above is mostly the same, only slight differences are noted from model to model. Exact R&R instructions for a particular model and year can be obtained online, see our online auto repair manual page for more information. Subscriptions are offered from AllData. It’s a quick easy way to access diagrams and directions for just a small amount that helps save money in the long run. It’s a great solution for accessing car repair info without a wait. Use the subscription for a timing belt project today and to refer back to it later for future projects. More DIY’ers are gaining the confidence to perform many money saving repairs themselves. This confidence comes from on-line help provided by on-line service manuals and the ability to ask a professional tech if they reach a sticking point – accessed on our car answers page.
When doing a timing belt or water pump on this type of engine, it’s always advisable to disconnect the battery’s ground cable. Do not turn the crankshaft or camshaft with the timing belt removed. Some terchnicians like to remove the spark plugs to make the engine turn easier but this is not required.
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