2007 Mitsubishi eclipseJanuary 31, 2014Is it required to change water pump & tension bar at same time of timing belt? My car has 60200 miles on it. 2007 Keywords:eclipseScheduled Maintenancetiming beltWater Pump 1 thought on “2007 Mitsubishi eclipse” Freeautomechanic January 31, 2014 at 12:54 pm You do not have to replace the water pump or the tensioner. The idea behind it, if the the water pump goes out at say 80,000 miles it will cause the timing belt to break as the belt rides on the water pump(read water pump bearings) and the tensioner. Also, you are already paying for most of the labor to do the job. If the $35 water pump starts to leak, you are going to have to pay for the same labor as the timing belt has to be removed to replace it. Now, with that said, I wouldn’t have the water pump and tensioner replaced but at every other time you replace the timing belt. So , timing belt every 60K and Water pump, tensioner and belt every 120K. Just my opinion. Comments are closed.