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    4G37 Timing Belt Install Gone Wrong

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    Post by SafetyAl on Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:02 am


    I was in the process of prepping a used Mitsubishi 1.8L engine for install into a 1994 Eclipse to replace an engine thats been trashed (not by me).  I figured while the donor engine was out of the car it would be good time do the timing belts and water pump.  I careful read about how to do this and it didn't seem too difficult.  The service manual I used stated to check the position of the rear balance shaft with a 8mm diameter rod inserted through the inspection port.  So I got a length of mild steel rod that was 8mm in diameter and cut it to a 4 inch length which seemed long enough...it wasn't!  So now in addition to feeling pretty stupid I have a 4 inch piece of steel rod holding hands with my rear balance shaft inside the balance shaft cavity of the block.  At this time it looks like I'll have to drop the oil pan, remove the front engine cover, oil pump, and take out the balance shafts to get at that rod which might slide out when I remove the rear balance shaft if it doesn't I'll at least have more room to work with to get at it.  I'm I missing anything here?  Also, the donor engine has 40,000 miles on it so I wasn't planning on replacing the oil pump or balance shaft bearings but while I'm in that deep should I service those items as well?

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