The major recalls on DSMs have been for:
There have been other recalls. Doing a recall search at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website will reveal them all. For maximum information, search for all three models of DSM: Talon, Eclipse and Laser. Canadians can check the Transport Canada Vehicle Recalls On-Line Database, or call Chrysler Canada at 1-800-465-2001.
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 check the Transport Canada Vehicle Recalls On-Line Database, or call Chrysler Canada at 1-800-465-2001.
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 break ahead of schedule; for information on what happens when the belt breaks, see Why is it so important to change the timing belt on a [DSM]?
Owners of recalled vehicles are entitled to a new replacement timing belt under the recall. It is very important to note, however, that there are many other components involved in the timing belt system that should also be replaced when doing the timing belt. These components are not covered by the recall, so dealerships may not automatically replace them. For guidance, this list of components that should be replaced along with the timing belt.
The recall is apparantly now in force. Some owners have already recieved notices. The NHTSA campaign number for this recall is 98V168000. Some GVR4 owners have already had the recall done, even prior to the 'official' release.
Canadians can check the Transport Canada Vehicle Recalls On-Line Database, or call Chrysler Canada at 1-800-465-2001
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