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Questions about Timing Belt, Oil Pump-97 Outback
Posted 19 February 2004 - 02:52 PM
Posted 19 February 2004 - 03:47 PM
What prompted you to take it to the shop? I'm just curious if it had some other problem.
I can't answer all of your questions, but maybe a few.
It's common for the oil pump seals to leak in this car, it happened to mine and many have reported this problem. Oil can collect at the bottom of the timing belt cover and they may have been concerned that oil getting on the timing belt would have shortened its life. On mine oil was seeping through the timing belt cover gasket, and blowing back onto the oil pan and exhaust. Didn't notice much, and no pooling below the car because it only leaked when the car was running. Very little oil loss (< 1/2 quart in 3000 miles).
Random overheating can be a sign of head gasket problems, but that's just a possibility and hopefully not the case here. Can you get the codes stored in the car checked to see what the CEL is? That's what I would suggest doing.
edit: here a link re: the oil pump leaking thru tb cover:
http://www.ultimates...ming belt cover
Posted 19 February 2004 - 04:16 PM
Thanks for your feedback and I will check out the link you provided. The car belongs to my girlfriend and she took it in because she said it was due for maintenance.
I too am hoping it isn't the head gasket. I will try and get the codes, as I know the mechanics did hook it up and mentioned something to her.
Thanks again for your feedback and great picture of your wagon up there in the mountains of Utah.
Posted 19 February 2004 - 05:18 PM
i wrote a site about the head gasket failures. hopefully the new thermostat will fix yours. you can view it here .
Posted 19 February 2004 - 06:18 PM
Posted 19 February 2004 - 06:48 PM
Posted 19 February 2004 - 06:59 PM
The overheating does seem a little suspicious to me.
Posted 19 February 2004 - 07:06 PM
Was is a Subaru Service Shop? or just a fix-all shop?
Posted 19 February 2004 - 07:35 PM
Also, does it overheat at stops then cool down again when moving briskly? If so, could be the fan not coming on.
Posted 20 February 2004 - 02:39 AM
Just a stab in the dark.
What is the check engine code. Did they clear it, after the replaced the radiator, etc.?
Posted 20 February 2004 - 04:59 PM
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