Opinions on possible car problems? Please?

thirdevilNovember 27, 2007

Okay so I have had my car for over five years now, it is a '99 Mitsubishi Eclipse and a little over a year ago I got the timing belt replaced. Right after I got it replaced, I started noticing problems with the car when it is stopped, basically really bad idling. I've heard this may be due to a badly timed belt, but my car also had a blown head gasket (not at ALL uncommon in Mitsubishi Eclipses, unfortunately) causing a pretty bad oil leak (roughly a quart of oil every two weeks) which i got fixed, only to discover a few months later that it is, in fact, leaking again. I am doubtful that the headgasket/oil leak would have anything to do with the bad idling, mainly because it has been leaking oil for a while now and this problem only surfaced after the timing belt was changed. I have noticed that the car does not idle poorly when the air conditioning is on.

I have heard that the idling may be due to bad tires, but I have had my tires replaced within the timespan of my problem and with no difference. Any help or advice would be very greatly appreciated.

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jemdandy

If you car exhibited idle problems immediately after the timing belt was changed, did you take it back to the service shop and ask them to look at it? Was it running ok before the belt change? The shop will need to know.

Possibilites:
o A vaccum line got disconnected.
o Timing belt cogs mis-timed.
o The idle speed (controlled by the engine computer) needs resetting.

If the car ran ok immediately after the timing belt was installed, but the current problem developed some time later, then you have a new problem.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2007 at 12:42AM
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johndeere

I would rule out bad tires.Whats that got to do with it?

    Bookmark   November 28, 2007 at 11:10AM
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mikie_gw

Maybe they dumped some automatic spin balancing ball bearings inside those new tires. They keep on spinning when you stop.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2007 at 5:45PM
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jnel

Look in your owners manual for "battery replacement".
When my 03 Galant's battery was replaced, they did not reset idle. The car would die at every stop. In the owners man. it said to get eng. up to temp. then idle for 5 mins. That did the trick, and has run great since.
Your shop probably disc. the battery when timing belt was replaced. At least it's a cheap try!
Good luck with it.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2007 at 11:03AM
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jnel

Look in your owners manual for "battery replacement".
When my 03 Galant's battery was replaced, they did not reset idle. The car would die at every stop. In the owners man. it said to get eng. up to temp. then idle for 5 mins. That did the trick, and has run great since.
Your shop probably disc. the battery when timing belt was replaced. At least it's a cheap try!
Good luck with it.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2007 at 3:13PM
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