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Mitsubishi GTO 1991 non turbo quad cam.engines cuts out/stops. cam belt inspection a very small amount of slack, compression test 2 front cylinders result no compression. problem?

Cam belt was only very slightly slack, not as tight as it should be.

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    Andre Chamont Nov 20, 2014

    Hi Guys,

    many thanks for all your advice and suggestions, very much appreciated. What I can't get my head around is the timing marks are all lined up and there is only a little bit of slack in the belt, not sufficient I would have thought to cause a 'slip', and if it did slip then wouldn't the timing marks not line up as they should.? The compression test on a couple of front cylinders showed low compression. I am still wondering if the problem isn't the ECU which is a weak point on these early cars so I'm told. The engine turns over ok and no undue noise is coming from the top end. It may still turn out to be a 'valve' problem but before I start getting the engine ripped apart I thought I'd explore other options.


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Bent valves / sticky valves / tight valves. sounds like heads off to repair Did you rev it hard ?

Posted on Nov 20, 2014

Testimonial: "no, I just turned the engine over slowly"

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SOURCE: i accidently removed the cam belt without marking

As long as the timing marks on the cams are lined up with the marks on the head ( And the crank is lined up as well - marks on the block - TDC) then the belt should be lined up correctly, however, if you do need the marks, a new belt should have them and they aren't too terribly expensive - ($25.00) - You could also take your belt and a little bottle of white touch up paint (Or magic marker you can see)to the parts store and transfer the marks from a new belt to your old belt, but if it had any miles on it ( 10K+) I'd go ahead and replace it if I were in there that far...-

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SOURCE: 2001 Galant ES-V6 DTC is P0304 - Cylinder #4 misfire

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SOURCE: 1995 Chrysler 3.5 liter timing issue-what indicates the belt tensioner needs replacement?

hello ive read you questions and the other experts answers and they all have good points i just wanted to give you my point of view
this belt tensioner is to be locked down so it doesnt move once the initial adjustment is made. what i like to do is turn the crankshaft by hand to pull tight the belt on the non tensioner side and this is when i lock down the tensioner .

and yes when a car like this comes in we alway recomend water pump, tensioner , and any other idler pulleys that each vehicle may need also we take care of any oil leaks at the same time . oil or antifreeze getting on the belt will deminish the belt life.
and on your question on the cam brgs being loose , the cam is the length of the engine and it wont move enough to cause this kind of problem you would see a large oil leak first.

just a note
we do alot of customer cars that families take on vacation, and i dont want to be the one to ruin someones vacation by trying to save a buck. and when you are paying labor to have a belt replaced you expect it to reliable again.
let me know if i can help with anything else

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SOURCE: one cylinder has zero compression. took head off

OK!... did you do a cylinder 'leak down test'?.. .if not, do it! If any 'unacceptable' leakage, have the head REDONE! NOW!.. you must BE SURE the valve timing is accurate!... Go to and register( Vehicle by VIN). Afterward, you have access to shop manuals, service bulletins, wiring diagrams, etc. about your vehicle.

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SOURCE: 91 mitsubishi gto has random engine cut out.

Does this car have its original ECU? I ask this because this and a number of early 1990s Mitsubishi cars/truckas had isses with capaciors leaking. In truth I believe it is a matter of when and not if. As the ECU begins to fail the engine can begin to run poorly ( I speak from experience after changing both ECUs in my Montero and my son's Doge Stealth (3000GT) ) I did have an issue too with my son's Stealth running poorly, by good luck I happened to be looking under the hood with poor lighting and noticed a faint blue spark from the wiring leads by the coil after a good look I fould a wire would ground out when the engine was throttled; this caused the engine to torque slightly causing the wire to rub and finally ground out.
I hope this may have helped,

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