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Does my 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer sedan run a timing belt or a timing chain?

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Does my 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer sedan run a timing belt or a timing chain?

Answered by CarsGuide

26 Feb 2021 David Morley

Your Lancer uses a timing belt which is made from a rubber compound and drives the camshaft. This makes for a cheaper engine to build and potentially quieter running, but it also means that the belt has to be changed periodically to prevent it snapping in service.

Mitsubishi recommends a belt-change interval of 100,000km. The advice of most mechanics it to replace the water pump at the same time since this part of the engine will be apart to change the belt anyway. It’s a lot cheaper to do both things at once, rather than open the engine a second time to change a water pump at a later date.

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