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Mitsubishi Lancer 1997: When should the timing belt be replaced?

Asked by Brent Holland

I OWN a 1997 Mitsubishi MR Lancer CE that has been serviced every six months by a Mitsubishi outlet and has done 48,000km. The service book indicates the timing belt should be changed on the basis of kilometres or months, whichever comes first. The next scheduled service is 72-months/90,000km, at which the timing belt is scheduled to be replaced. Mitsubishi's service people say the timing belt should be replaced, but other people say it should only need replacing once the car has reached the kilometres specified. What is your opinion?

Answered by CarsGuide

26 May 2005 Carsguide.com.au

CHANGE the belt. The reason Mitsubishi and other carmakers specify kilometres or months is because some drivers don't do many kilometres. Belts deteriorate over time, so I would recommend you change the belt and avoid the possibility of a breakage.

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