Question about 2002 Mitsubishi Galant
No, the balancer belt just spins to cancel annoying or sometimes harmful vibration. It should not affect anything unless it breaks and a piece of it gets underneath the timing belt. In this case it could throw the cam and crankshaft timing off, and possibly damage the valves. Remove the valve cover and look for excessive clearance on the valves. If things are not right up top you will have to run a compression test or dig down to the bottom and check the timing marks. If the valves are bent you will have to pull the head to replace them.
You should buy all new belts for the car and consider replacing the water pump at the same time.You will have to take off the power steering belt, the alternator belt, the upper belt cover, support the motor, take off the motor mount, jack up the right front corner of the car, take off the front right tire, take off the engine plastic under cover, line up the TDC timing mark, Take off the front wheel ,take off the plastic splash cover, take off the lower pulleys, take off the lower engine cover, observe the timing marks/arrows and highlight with paint,take off the timing belt, now you can take the head off to replace the valves,take off the counter balancer belt , water pump belt, and now you can unbolt the water pump, scrape the gasket, and replace it. Now the good news, if you have tools,a compressor, an air gun(for lower pulley bolt), patience , and four to eight hours to kill, you can actually save money and do it your self.
Posted on Oct 03, 2010
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