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Timing belt and routine maintenance

My 2003 lancer es has 145,000 miles im getting ready to replace the timing belt, its not a racer actually its completely stock. i currently drive it everyday i was wondering if it would be a wise choice to install a high performance belt ( a gates racing high performance timing belt) or should i just stick to an aftermarket belt. i havent done much maintenance since i purchased it with 15,000 miles but oil changes and air filters is ther any other service i should perform to keep her running good

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  • lancerb113 Jan 29, 2009

    thanks for the advice man appreciate it .

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I would get the belt from Mitsubishi because their belt seems to last in your situation.

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  • Anthony Caprio Jan 29, 2009

    Anytime thanl you for asking!

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