My 1998 Mitsubishi eclipse 2.0 non turbo will not start when I turn the ignition there is knocking slapping coming from engine area . What is causing this and how can I fix it?

Mark Roberts

Asked by Mar 01, 2014 at 03:10 AM about the 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My girl drive it to work with no issues
then she said she heard a loud
slapping sound and started to lose
power she pulled over sat for a sec
started it it turned over drove a short
distance with "slapping" sound and
the car lost power and from that
point it will not turn over. I removed
the valve cover and there was lil
droplets of water along the edges my
brother says it blew the head gasket
please say there is some truth to this
and nothing major. Either way please
tell me what I need to do to fix my
car!! Thank all of you

3 Answers


I would suspect timing belt issue. But could be any number of things. Remove plastic guard off top of belt side of engine and inspect timing belt. It should be good and tight. In case of head gasket check coolant for signs of oil and oil for signs of water. Will engine turn over at all? If so with someone trying to start it listen and inspect engine compartment for where the sounds are coming from. Might get lucky and be just a serpentine belt or idler pully issue.


No your engine is gone, a timing belt would allow the engine to keep running check the oil. Than if u have no oil u know your engine is blown if u do. Take your belt and try and turn it counter clock wise. If its really hard look for you're a harmonic balancer put a attachment with a breaker bar on it and push not too hard to break it but try that I'm giving you out the options but I'm pretty sure it's blown considering loss of power engine was running pulled over kept popping sorry man

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