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I have 61,000 miles on a 2006 eclipse. I went to

I have 61,000 miles on a 2006 eclipse. I went to my Mitsubishi dealer for an oil change and was told I should have my timing belt replaced as regular maintenance even though there is nothing wrong with it. Is that necessary?

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The manufacturer will recommend you to inspect or change it every 60-100k mile.

Manual recommends to change belt with every oil change but if its fine ride for another 20000 miles

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It is necessary for your regular maintance. let me explain if you go without changing the timing belt you risk having it fail and if it does happen to fail then it can cause the pistins to come in contact with your valves and that can be very costly. i would pay for the belt job its something that is better to do now rather then later when it fails and leaves you on the side of the road and a emtey wallet or pocket book. hope this helps.

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Dear Questionable Repair Concern.........here's the deal.....pay them for a $500 repair bill on your car now......or you can wait to pay for a $3500 motor install. When the factory requires service intervals on vehicles....it's because they know the mechanical capabilities of the vehicle. The intervals they give you to replace certain things(like the timing belt) are designed at times when the component has gotten to a questionable time of it's life.Rather than a dealer having the embarrasing time of trying to explain to customers that they didn't test the timing belt capabilities.....it's easier to test one belt and use that as a median for replaement guidelines....hence the service interval on the timing belt....Keep in mind though that the dealer isn't the only one who can install the timing belt....and you could easily save another $100 by not taking your vehicle to the dealer and going to a private auto shop....So.....change that timing belt...Thanks for your time and I HOPE I COULD HELP!!!!

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61000 miles seems a little early for a timing belt replacement, however, on newer Eclipse, the manufacturer recommends 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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    61000 miles seems a little early for a timing belt replacement, however, on newer Eclipse, the manufacturer recommends 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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YES!! at 60,000 miles the manufactor wants you to replace it, thats the life of the belt, if it breaks engine damage will occur, piston to valve damage,$$$$$. i know its costly but cheaper than if that belt jumps or breaks. sorry for the bad news but good luck, hope this helps.

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