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Owning a DSM vehicle requires you to have access to a fountain of information when it comes to upgrade paths and troubleshooting. That information is available but it is scattered in web pages and forum posts. (Gone are the days of archives and digests). You can hunt around and find this information on various sites but images and pages are generally hosted on personal web space and if you cancel such service, all your information goes with it. Internet archive thankfully has a bit of lost information, but we need a more stable place. We are here to help form a single place for DSM frequently asked questions.
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Recently Added or Modified Questions/Answers
What is the timing belt recall?
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Will I get a new timing belt under the recall?
There are two separate timing belt recalls. One involves 1990 and 1991 cars, while the second (which was issued much later) involves early 1992 cars.
In both cases, Mitsubishi was guilty of using inferior quality timing belts. The belts tended to ...
I'm owner number [number]. Does the recall still apply to me?
Absolutely. The recalls are tracked by your vehicle identification number (VIN). Be sure to phone Chrysler at 1-800-992-1997 so you can get notices of future recalls. (Note: this number may have changed to 1-800-853-1403.)
Can anybody tell me what recalls are currently on my [DSM]?
Phone any dealer of your marque car with your VIN number in hand. They will tell you what recalls are currently outstanding for your car. Also check the NTHSA for information on both recalls and TSBs.
Canadians can ...
What kind of recalls have there been on DSMs?
The major recalls on DSMs have been for:
1990-91 timing belts;
1992 timing belts, under a separate recall;
1990-91 seat belt latches;
1990-91 oxygen sensors; and
1990-1998 transfer cases.
There have been other recalls. Doing a ...
Why is it so important to change the timing belt on a [DSM]?
Similar Questions: What happens if the timing belt breaks on a [DSM]?
Why is it so important to change the balance shaft belt on a [DSM]?
What happens if the balance shaft belt breaks on a [DSM]?
Brief answer: most belt failures on DSM engines result in major internal engine damage, and very high repair bills.
With the exception of the 1.8L NT engine, DSM engines are of the 'interference' style. This means that the pistons and valv...