Changing the timing belt on my car. Need advice.

Hi. I have an '86 Mitsubishi Cordia and I am trying to change the timing belt on my car. I'm waiting to see if someone will lend me a chain wrench in order to remove the pulley in the crankshaft spot. In the
meantime, I thought i'd ask a few questions.
After I put both the car's timing belts properly aligned, will the car be good to go after everything else is put back exactly the way it was? For example, will the spark plug cables work in the same position as they were before the belts broke or will the cables need to be readjusted somehow? What i'm trying to ask is: is the're another step after you install the timing belt? For some reason, I think that i'm going to install the belts and the car is not going to work properly. Any tips? Thanks
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providing nothing at all moves inbetween removal of the old and re-fitting the new then nothing else at all should need doing.
good luck :-)
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From: snipped-for-privacy@SPAMcdelectrics.freeserve.co.uk (CHRIS 159)

>nothing else at all should need doing.

Thanks for the info. I plan on putting the cables exactly the way they were removed.
I have another question. Is it ok to turn the car on for a few seconds with the alternator pulley and all the other pulleys off, basically with the timing belt area exposed? The reason why I ask this is because i'm concerned about not putting the belt the right way and then having to tear the car apart again. I know that since the alternator belt wont connected, the engine wont last turned on for too long. Is it ok to turn the car on for a few seconds to see if the engine works ok immediately after installing the timing belts and before installing the pulleys? Thanks
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(CHRIS 159)

>nothing else at all should need doing.

Thanks for the info. I plan on putting the cables exactly the way they were removed.
I have another question. Is it ok to turn the car on for a few seconds with the alternator pulley and all the other pulleys off, basically with the timing belt area exposed? The reason why I ask this is because i'm concerned about not putting the belt the right way and then having to tear the car apart again. I know that since the alternator belt wont connected, the engine wont last turned on for too long. Is it ok to turn the car on for a few seconds to see if the engine works ok immediately after installing the timing belts and before installing the pulleys? Thanks --------------------------------- You could run it safely for a few seconds no problem.
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(CHRIS 159)

agreed.
'PROVIDING' none of the bolts that hold the pulley(s) on hold any of the timing gear aswell. eg:- often (dependant on engine) the bolt that holds the bottom pulley on also holds the bottom cam-belt pulley. if this is the case then its definately '''NOT''' ok to test it before re-ritting covers/pulleys etc
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Awesome. Thanks for the info guys.
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You might want to try to post this to a Mitsubishi group. I bet they have more experience with Mitsubishis.
Jeff
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Assuming that by "properly aligned" you mean that #1 TDC has been relocated and the cam or cams, as applicable, have been phased to the proper position. Furthermore, you indicate the old belt broke; if this is an interference engine (I do not know what the hell a Cordia is, much less details of its powerplant, so I cannot say) it may have suffered valve/piston damage that would need to be corrected.
Best luck Mark
On Thu, 23 Oct 2003 12:01:11 -0600, leviathan wrote:

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news:11984-3F981767-.

supprisingly no-one has picked up on the mention that his original timing belt had broken....i would be interested to know if it will run at all after breaking a timing belt, as far as i know these are not safe engines and if this is the case i would expect a few bent valves....... once you have put it all back together with the timing belt in the correct position and it still wont run you will need to do a compression check on each cylinder to check for valve damage..
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