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99 Outback Engine problems
Posted 02 February 2004 - 11:09 AM
Posted 02 February 2004 - 02:47 PM
Posted 02 February 2004 - 03:04 PM
So you know:
T-belt should be replaced every 60,000
Water pump *should* be replaced then, but it'll go about 105,000 miles, not quite to the 2nd t-belt replacement.
Front seal at the oil pump often goes around 60-70,000.
Tensioner on some last 100,000+. Some go out sporadically earlier--- anytime after 50,000
Give him/her a chance. They seem to know the motor.
Posted 02 February 2004 - 04:41 PM
For the record, I still like my car, but my engine 'bit the dust' at 160k miles. First head gaskets, then a conrod bearing went.
Regarding the T-belt: SOA calls for it to be changed out every 105k miles for this car. In Canada (where I am), they call for it to be changed every 96k km, or about 60k miles. *shrug* I changed the first one at 98k km. I let the second and third one go 125k km with no issue. I'm debating letting the third one go longer as the belts have always looked in great shape. Bear in mind that 125k km is only 2 years of driving for me.
Let us know what is going on with your engine. Hopefully it is something minor. You've already put a lot into it. It would be a shame to have to swap out to used or rebuilt now. I know how you feel though. I fixed my head gaskets and then one day (200 km) later, the bottom end failed. I was not a happy camper.
CCR Engines Inc would be the one to consider if you go the route of a rebuilt engine. Not inexpensive, but they appear to know more about these engines than anyone and you get a warranty.
Posted 02 February 2004 - 08:55 PM
First, you have to wait for the mechanic to make an assessment of the damage. Personally, I would try to get the assessment in writing. Does it sound plausible? Do you trust the guy? If not, you might want to get a second opinion. That will probably entail having the car towed to another shop. I am unfamiliar with Canadian law. In the States, if you felt the mechanic caused the damage, you could easily haul him into Small Claims Court. Of course, this all a little premature. We don't even know the cause or extent of the engine damage. Anyway, I'm sorry to hear that you're experiencing problems.
Posted 03 February 2004 - 06:55 PM
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