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I was driving my 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse.....The oil light came on. I immediately pulled over to notice that the engine already stalled. I tried to restart it..It cranks but does not turn over. After having a mechanic look at it, he told me that the oil pump went and that the timing belt snapped.....He told me that in order to fix this I need a new engine. Why do I need a new engine? He also wants me to sign the title over to him so he can just junk it for me if I don't want to buy a new engine. I don't understand why I need a new engine and why he is in a hurry to just take the car off of my hands. What should I do?

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  • rwrdesigns Nov 04, 2010

    Even if the oil pump IS shot, does the engine need to be replaced????...He told me that he never even looked at the heads or valves or pistons. He said that since the oil pump is shot, he needs to replace the engine....Plus, if the engine seized, wouldn't it NOT crank???...Because it DOES crank.....What should I do???

  • rwrdesigns Nov 04, 2010

    I should also add that the SAME mechanic gave me an oil change just two days before the belt snapped.......

  • rwrdesigns Nov 04, 2010

    Well, I do know that the belt is broke...He showed me....He said that after further inspection, the oil pump failed and I needed a new engine.....so I should just get the oil pump replaced and the timing belt replaced????

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Hi!!
I don't think the mechanic is being honest with you. If the oil pump quits, the light comes on, but if you immediately pulled over, the chances to damage the engine are slim, if the oil pump was defective, the oil pressure light would have been ON all the time. I don't think he knows for a fact that the oil pump is shoot. The timing belt snapping sounds more like it. I suggest to have another mechanic look at the vehicle, tell him you suspect it is the timing belt, once he gives you a diagnostic, ask him about the oil pump if he thinks it needs to be replaced. In the remote case that the engine is shoot, you can get a used engine at a junk yard. So have this options present before you sign the title over.
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  • Rene J Solis Nov 04, 2010

    Not really, if the oil pump is shoot, it just needs to be replaced. This is how it works, when the oil pressure is low, (it could be that there is not enough oil or that the pump is failing) the Oil Light comes ON and stays ON until the fault is fixed. Since this did not happened previously, that's why I found hard to believe the oil pump is at fault. If the fuel pump fails, the car overheats, lifters make lots of noise, etc. believe me, you'll know when your vehicle is out of oil or the oil pump fails.

    Most manufacturers recommend to replace the timing belt every 3 to 4 years, that's why it is not unusual for the belt to break after 10 yrs.

  • Rene J Solis Nov 04, 2010

    correction, where it says "if the fuel pump fails", I meant the oil pump.

  • Rene J Solis Nov 04, 2010

    If you take the vehicle to a decent garage and explain what happened, after some testing they should be able to find the source of the problems and give you an accurate diagnostic. If they don't mention the oil pump, you should ask if they think the pump is in good working condition and if they can test it for you. To test the oil pump is a simple procedure, they remove the oil pressure switch and install a pressure gauge, start the vehicle and check the pump's output. Also, it is very important to ask how long do they guarantee their repairs. Remember to get it in writing!!



    If you go into a garage and ask to have the timing belt and oil pump replaced, they will perform the job, if after that, the engine still doesn't turn over, it won't be their fault, they just performed the work you asked them to do. Do you see the difference??



    You should also consider the cost of the repair against getting a used engine. Good Luck!!!

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