Timing belt


Asked by Aug 05, 2016 at 02:46 AM about the 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So are the valves bent if timing belt brakes? It's the
v6 GT wasn't having any problems until this car has
slot of miles please give me good news

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I can't give you good news, these are interference engines, so if the timing belts breaks at the minimum you will bend a few valves, depending on engine speed at the time, if the RPM's were high the greater the damage. I have seen valves embedded in the Pistons when it has happened at high RPM. Sorry.


Thanks for the news I was kind of firgue that the valves would be bent my wife was driving the car she was going into forth gear she drives Lima old lady so hopefully not to much damage if it was your car would you replace the damaged ones or go ahead and replace the head/rebuild or should I replace the whole engine/rebuild it since I'll have it torn down always?


It would all depend on what you find after the heads are pulled, if a valve has broke off and made itself part of the piston then a rebuild or replace would be a good idea, but if it just the valves and the cylinders look good, have the heads checked for cracks and milled if needed, then have the valves and guides done and put it back together.

Bob Beaman

It is really sad that many people put off timing belt service and then have to replace an engine due to this lack of maintenance. Not specifically talking about the original poster here. Good luck with it.

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