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01 Outback 130k- Any Maintenance Suggestions???
Posted 26 March 2010 - 11:26 AM
My wife drives a 2001 2.5l Auto Outback. She commutes over two small mountain passes for a total of 100 miles per day, 5 days a week. We're at about 130k on the car right now. I have not done the 120k maintenance, for two reasons- 1) short on time/money 2)I figured since the car gets 90% of it's miles from freeway driving, it could make it a little further before I had time to do the work.
My goal for this thread was to hear advice from Subaru enthusiasts. While I have a lot of mechanic experience, I'm not a Subaru specialist.
Other than the basic description above here is some more info-
*The car does go through a little water. I am assuming this is the common phase 2 2.5l head gasket problem. I've got the additive to put in when I flush the coolant. Hopefully that does it.
*I assume this is the coolant loss, but after longer drives (100miles+) you can smell, what I assume is, coolant. I think it drips down onto the exhaust.
*Lately, in the cold weather, there is a noise coming from the front driver CV joint area. Kinda of a ", thunk, thunk"m when making left turns. It seems to go away with the warmer weather. A friend at the dealer said that a tranny fluid change might fix that.
*Lastly, yesterday my wife (who knows little to nothing about cars) said the car was "not wanting go" when taking off from a stopped position. Though it didn't seem like she alluded to it idling rough. By the time she made the 50 miles trek home, the car was running fine. Anyway, that is why I am trying to go ahead and get all the maintenance done.
My questions- What should be done at the 120k? I know what the book says, but I feel that you guys might suggest more or less. For instance, timing belt? Do I need to do the pulleys? Should I do the water pump while I'm down there? Other than the timing belt and other typical tuneup stuff, is there anything else I should check/replace?
I looked at prices and getting the idler pulleys and whatnot is a huge step up in price. And I know some cars it is a must, while other it is not needed.
Thanks for the help guys!
Posted 26 March 2010 - 03:46 PM
Posted 26 March 2010 - 05:12 PM
I guess my question is, what should I do other than tune up stuff and the belt itself. I am contemplating the idler pulleys, tensioner, and water pump. As well as fluid changes all around...
Posted 27 March 2010 - 06:40 PM
Should I just do the head gaskets? Since I'm already going in for the timing belt and water pump?
Edited by gijoe985, 27 March 2010 - 08:16 PM.
Posted 27 March 2010 - 08:24 PM
If it continues to leak cars101.com posted a link on 3/18/10 that says there is an aftermarket headgasket but offered little info.
Click here for the link
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