The 2600 cc Mitsubishi engines with 4 cylinders were one of the most common engines of the time. This engine was put into minivans, the Dodge D50 trucks, Mitsubishi cars and trucks, the Conquest, Mazda trucks, forklifts, marine engines, Isuzus, and Hyundais.
These engines, like the 3.0L engines, were sourced out to help Chrysler in a engine shortage. It was not originally designed to be installed in a FWD car. The trans is the same dependable old three speed automatic used on all the cars and vans, but with the 2.6 bell housing.
All accessories aside, the basic engine is good. My neighbor put over 200,000 miles on one before the balance shaft chain broke. He bought a used engine and drove it another 85,000 before selling it.
The timing chains started making noise on his second motor, and in typical “I drive a Dodge, it’ll go away” mentality, he ignored the rattle coming from the front of the engine. He did not realize that the oil pump is driven off of the balance shaft, so when the chain got loose and came off the sprocket, the oil pump quit turning.
The major problem is that the timing chains ride on guides, aluminum bars with about a 1/8 inch thick plastic or Teflon wear surface. This Teflon lasts a long time, but once worn through, the chains rubs right on the guide and starts to make noise. The guides then really start to wear off, letting the chains get loose fast. If he had changed the chains when they started making noise, then engine would have not suffered any damage.
Available now are updated versions of the timing chains, which are supposed to last the entire life of the engine, eliminating one of the few issues these motors had. Again, as with engines that use timing belts, not chains, it is wise at a safe mileage (100,000) to change your timing chains to the updated version. The parts are less than $150.00. Obviously labor is involved, unless you are a trained mechanic, seek professional help.
One thing you can count on if you buy a rebuilt Mitsubishi engine, 2.6L from us is that the rebuilt engines we sell come with every effective update available, literally building value into every engine we sell. For more information concerning these little powerhouse motors or any motor, call GotEngines.com and speak to a well trained expert about what engine suits your interests the best. 1-866-320-1065.