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I'm looking at purchasing a 2002 Lancer ES with 120k miles on it. How often does the timing belt need to be replaced? I've gotten too many mixed answers online, ranging from every 60k to every 105k miles. With this car being at 120k miles, what else might be involved in a tune-up? All I know about it so far is that oxygen sensors and catalytic converter have been replaced, at 100k.

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It depends on how the car was driven for those 120K miles. If it was "severe driving" as defined below, then the timing belt should be replaced every 60K. If "normal driving", then the timing belt should be replaced at 105K:

SEVERE SERVICE
Vehicles operating under severe service conditions will require more frequent service. Component service information is included in appropriate units for vehicles operating under one or more of the following conditions:


Police, taxi, or commercial type operation
Operation of Vehicle
(1) Short-trip operation at freezing temperature (engine not thoroughly warmed up)
(2) More than 50% operation in heavy city traffic during hot weather above 32°C (90°F)
(3) Extensive idling
(4) Driving in sandy areas
(5) Driving in salty areas
(6) Driving in dusty conditions
(7) Driving off road
 

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I'm new member to this forum and I'm loving it so far. My car 2002 Lancer hits 60,000 miles soon. Could you tell me what are the MANDATORY maintainence required?? like timing belt, plugs, tranmission fluid etc?

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Keka Man
 
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