Mitsubishi Galant 2001 timing.


Asked by Jul 18, 2016 at 02:28 AM about the 2001 Mitsubishi Galant

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

How do you tell if the valves are messed up so you can't fix the timing? I was having overheating issues so I replaced the radiator, water pump, thermostat, and engine temp sensor. When I changed the water pump out I saw that the balance shaft belt was in 3 pieces...I put a new one on and got the timing marks all right and pointing at the correct notches. Not sure how to tell if I was at TDC on the compression or exhaust stroke...Can trying to start it without being all correct mess it up too much? I am not sure if I passed a point of no return on getting the timing right or if it has messed up the valves.

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Ok, so I am 99% sure the timing is correct. Now though it won't stay running at idle. I can hold it at about 2000 rpms and it sounds fine, but if I let it fall to 1500 it just dies quickly. I think it is the plug wires. We may have messed them up when I took off the valve cover to get a look in there trying to find TDC. What do you think?


Maybe the throttle body is dirty. Or the air flow sensor


Fuel filter might be causing it. Going to do a tune up and get some new plug wires anyway.


Ok, so I have no compression in the 3 cylinder and reduced in the 1 cylinder...seems like my oil pump failed me and messed up my motor. So, its new car or new motor time.

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