2003 Mitsubishi Galant timing

Tiny
WELDER1973
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  • 2003 MITSUBISHI GALANT
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 85,000 MILES
The car died and is leaking oil from the motor. The engine will turn over. I think it was driven without oil. If the motor is burned up/locked up, wil the motor still turn over? Could this just be the timing belt broken? I am a welding instructor with no automotive background. We are trying to deceide if this car is "fixable" or needs a new motor which would probably cost more to buy and install than the car is worth. Do you have any advise on how to figure this out?
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Saturday, January 24th, 2009 AT 3:33 PM

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Tiny
MASTERTECHTIM
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A bad engine can still turn over. The engine will usually turn over real fast when the timing belt breaks. You can check the 3ngine compression to know if the belt broke of try pulling back the top of the timing cover and crank over engine and see if the cam moves
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Saturday, January 24th, 2009 AT 3:55 PM
Tiny
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If bad you can get a 2.4 engine for just over 1,000 with 3 year unlimited mile warrenty and no shipping charge, not sure about core charge. Not sure what I would do in your shoes (if engine is bad)
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Saturday, January 24th, 2009 AT 4:12 PM
Tiny
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The car actually died right down the street from the house. She said it sputtered several times before it died. I have absolutley no experieience working inside engines. I do know that the motor did turn over (seemed normal) before she ran the battery down. I think I had a similar problem with my old jeep grand cherokeee, and it turned out to be a stopped up fuel filter the first time, then fuel pump the second time. Could this possibly be the problem? My jeep sputtered both times, just as she described to me on her Galant. Im hoping this is not a locked up motor. The car was leaking oil pretty bad prior to this happening. I actually put almost 5 quarts in it after I got it to the house. I had asked her to park the car so I could get the oil leak fixed, but she didnt. I just dont know if this is a locked up motor, timing problem, or fuel delivery problem. I honestly dont know how to check anything but the fuel pump and fuel filter. Is there any way I can know if the motor is locked up due to driving it without oil? Im kinda lost here. The Galant has been sitting in the driveway for several months because I just "assumed" she locked up the motor. I have spoken with several of my collegues at the college, and they told me the motor would not turn over at all if it was locked up. Is this true or just shade tree mechanic advice? I did price the motor on everdrive and thats much cheaper than I can get it locally.
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Saturday, January 24th, 2009 AT 5:01 PM
Tiny
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You need to remember that the engine I gave you a link to does not contain bolt on parts, alternator, water pump, ect. It does appear to come with head. I can look deaper online for more options for you in a few. If the engine held 5 quarts, then it was bone dry. While you may find that anouther problem caused it to die, no oil is not good. Oil is the life line of the engine. You can try to turn the engine by the crankshaft with a large socket and breaker bar at the pully bolt. As far as fixing the oil leak, fuel pump and/or whatever the main issues are. You still have an engine that has been through a lot. Even just a few minutes of no oil can be drastic. While some engine can hadle unbelieveable abuse, most cannot. This is not a brand thing, it just is what it is. The real question is "is the gallant paid off" if it is you can possibly get something for it on a trade in even if it has to be towed in. Eveyone wants to sell a car right now and it is becomine a buyer's market. I even hear it is very easy to get Haundai finansing, and they could be offering a LIFETIME warrenty. LIFETIME! If you choose to fix this car by rebuild or replacement of engine then we will try to help. This make and model is not my expertise, nor is blown/near-blown motors. What do you think is best for you?
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Saturday, January 24th, 2009 AT 6:14 PM
Tiny
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Witout actually being there I cant guarantee anything but if she drove the engine bone dry oi=ut of oil until it would not go anymore then there is definitely internal engine damage
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Sunday, January 25th, 2009 AT 5:33 AM
Tiny
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What usually happens is the camshaft will seize in the cylinder head and then the timing belt will break because it cant rotate the cam, thus this is why your engine turns over freely. Check compression and I bet you have none. Time for a new motor if this is the case
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Sunday, January 25th, 2009 AT 5:35 AM

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