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Okay, just reading through the General portion of the Eclipse Factory Service Manual SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE TABLE:

GROUP 00 SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE TABLE PAGE 00-45
http://tearstone.com/eclipsefsm/2006_PS24S_MMNA_SM_PDF/GR00000100-00.pdf

SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE SERVICE FOR EMISSION CONTROL AND PROPER VEHICLE PERFORMANCE
#7~~Timing belt Replace Every 96,000 km (60,000 miles) *2
NOTE: Replace the timing belt at every 168,000
km (105,000 miles) when it has not been
replaced at the first 96,000 km (60,000 miles).

*2 : For California, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine, this maintenance is recommended but is not required to maintain the emissions warranty.

SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE UNDER SEVERE USAGE CONDITIONS PAGE 00-47
#7~~Timing belt Change Every 48 months or every 960,000 km (6,000 miles)

WTF: Read very-very carefully, :cool2: If 96,000 km is equal to 60,000 miles~~
How can 960,000 km be equal to 6,000 miles?? :runaway:

Misprint, or what??

But I do see where they are getting the 105,000 miles from now. But because
I drive my car hard all the time, should I be changing my timing belt every four
years, or every 6,000 miles, or every oil change 7,500 miles?? Hmm!!!

What a CONUNDRUM!!! :facepalm:
 

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So if you missed the 60k cause you're at 60,001 skip to 105k? Lol
 

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Ok so this might help clear up some of the confusion regarding 60k and 105k. The change from 60k to 105k was based on the fact that Mitsubishi changed the composition spec of the belts to withstand heat better resulting in longer life. The changeover occurred during MY2008 and by MY2009 the interval is listed at 105k with no mention of 60k. Some MY2008 still used the old spec belts while Mitsubishi cleared out old stock and put the 60k recommendation in as a way to get you to inspect the timing belt/check for impending disasters. As for subsequent timing belt changes it follows a 105k cycle. So for example, I'm having my belt done at 105k and the next will be due at 210k, then 315k, etc.
 

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I think everyone missed this misprint!!! I'll change the misprinted areas so it reads correctly.

SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE UNDER SEVERE USAGE CONDITIONS PAGE 00-47
#7~~Timing belt Change Every 48 months or every 96,000 km (60,000 miles)

So if you baby your engine and rarely hit WOT, you're okay to 105,000.

If you are doing pulls all the time, you might want to stick to 60,000 miles.

Remember, this manual was wrote circa 2006, so it won't have any criteria for the 2008, 2009, 2012, or 2013 models. We still need to see proof of later models, and how would you know your replacement belt/kit is a newer belt, and was not dumped onto the market by Mitsu so they could install the newer belts? So lets not jump up and down just yet... $5000.00 is a lot to dish out for a belt change!!!
 

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Mitsubishi never updated the FSM as the diagrams were still correct all the way through the 2012, but made note to follow the service schedules listed in the owners manual. As for determining if your car has an old spec belt I'd stick to this: if you car is a MY2006 or an 07 it is, if it is an 08 treat it like it is as there isn't an easy way to distinguish between the two and 09+ it is a new spec belt.

I took these photos awhile ago when someone else asked questions about the timing belt interval on an 09, but will need to take a few more later tonight that show the 60k service requirements.



 

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I just did my girlfriends '08 at 169,000km for the first time. Mind you, she doesn't drive it like a psycho. Not sure how much longer it could have lasted. The belt looked pretty good with minor outer cracking that was only visible with hard bending, but they say you sometimes can't even tell by looking at it if it may fail or not.
 
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